Club News

May 16th 2021

George cup pairs competition.

Unfortunately we had to cancel this competition due to inclement weather conditions.

We will try to rearrange  date later in the season  to play this competition.

Watch this space!!!

May 12th 2021

Scheduled events for May include :-

Sunday 16th May - George cup pairs competition.

Tuesday 25th May - Ladies friendly against Newbury B.C.

Sunday 30th May - David Lake Trophy Fun Day - Ladies Vs Men


May 2nd 2021

Finally, we are able to welcome you all back to bowling albeit in a different format.

Unfortunately, we are unable to start the season with the Spring Meeting because of Covid restrictions regarding meeting indoors is not allowed.

The usual events, such as our open day and President Vs Captions match were unable to take place, but the competition's draw did take place at a committee meeting on April 6th. (under Covid restrictions).

This seasons competitions have been posted on the notice board and can be viewed, again under restrictions, when visiting the clubhouse. 

Unlike previous years, the Members diary and fixtures booklet has not been produced but instead there will be a leaflet issued to you all showing all external league fixtures, all friendlies and internal competition dates. All this information will also be included in this web site.

This year we are running a 'Top 8' fun evening every Tuesday Evening starting at 6:15 pm which will run all season with the winner receiving a cash prize. No other matches will be allowed to play on Tuesday evenings.

The first internal competition is the 'George Cup' which is scheduled to be played on Sunday 16th May starting at 10:00am.

Looking forward seeing you all again and hope we can all enjoy some kind of normality playing bowls.

On a sad note, St Mary Bourne Bowling Club would like to announce the loss of our Vice President and friend Tony Grunsell, who sadly passed away on 12th February 2021. A great loss to a true friend and club man, and will be truly missed by all at the club. Thank you for your service, generosity and friendship.


Jan 12th 2021

Welcome to you all and to 2021. It's good to see the back of 2020 but still have difficult times ahead if we are to overcome this pandemic and get back to bowling and to all meet up once again.

We are hoping and planning for a resumption in club activity as early as the Government allow us to, but it may be a little different than previous years.

The Spring meeting was scheduled for February 28th. but this is highly unlikely to go ahead at the moment but we will let you all know as soon as we are able to do so.

We wish all our bowlers a Happy New Year and to keep safe until such times that we are released from the lock-down and all been vaccinated. 

June 23rd 2020

Following government guidelines regarding social gathering, it is now possible to allow members to resume bowling on Wednesday 1st July 2020, but under certain restrictions. 

Listed below are the restrictions and guidance notes that are necessary to ensure personal safety whilst attending the bowls club. 

The physical and mental wellbeing of members is really important, so by ensuring social distancing and staying safe, it will be possible to return to bowling albeit for roll-ups only at this stage.

To ensure that members can attend a roll-up safely without too many bowlers being present, we have now obtained a on-line booking system enabling roll-ups to be booked at specific times. (see notes below)

To book a slot, the lead bowler organising the roll-up, should go to a new specific website and follow the instructions. i.e. fill in your name and pin number and the day,time and rink. Instructions are listed on this website for you to follow. Pin numbers will be sent out to individual members by e-mail.

Website address :-

Club fees are being with-held this season, so to cover our on-going expenses and utility bills, it has been suggested that a roll-up fee of £2 per bowler per roll-up to be charged to enable the club to remain solvent. These fees will be collated at the end of the season and individual members will be invoiced accordingly.

It will also be the duty of the lead bowler (organising the roll-up) to fill in an  attendance sheet, listing all the members taking part in the roll-up to enable us to know who has played. This attendance sheet will be located just inside the clubhouse. Please sanitise the pen afterwards.

Welcome back, stay safe and enjoy your bowling.

  St Mary Bourne Bowling Club

  Corona Virus Control Measures

  Play Arrangements

  • Attendance must be pre- booked on booking website and casual attendance without a booking is not allowed

  • Players must depart 20 minutes before end of booked time slot to allow players to arrive and depart safely

  • Only alternate rinks as marked with rink numbers 1,2 & 3 can be played on

  • On each rink up to a maximum of 4 players may play enabling singles or doubles to be played

  • Players from different households must stay 2 meters apart at all times

  • Time slots will commence at 12.00 & 15.00 & 18.00 hrs

  • Spectators are not allowed

  • Members with cold, flu or virus type symptoms must not come to the club

  Club house and Facilities

  • Clubhouse is closed except for access to toilets and will be cordoned off accordingly

  • Only the ladies disabled toilet will be available for use and the other ladies toilet cubicle and the men’s toilets are not to be used and will be marked closed and cordoned off

  • Only one player at a time is to use the toilet access route and toilets

  • Access to the clubhouse will be through the front door only and a key will be provided in key safe and is to be returned at end of play


  • Mats and Jacks will be found outside clubhouse under plastic chairs and must be returned to the same position at the end of play and cleaned

  • No other equipment will be available for use and the equipment shed will be locked

  • Any personal equipment like lifters must only be touched by the owner

  Hygiene and Sanitisation

  • Players must clean all surfaces touched including padlocks, keys, toilets and equipment before leaving

  • Players must bring their own sanitisers and cloths or wipes

  • A bucket and disinfectant will be placed next to mats and jacks to enable them to be cleaned and a spray sanitiser will be provided for use during play

  • Players must bring any refreshments they require and must take any waste away with them and bins must not be used.

March 2020

Following the governments advice to close all sporting events / clubs, St Mary Bourne Bowling Club has made the following decisions:

All Clubs should by now be aware of the guidance issued on 18th March by Bowls England. This note amplifies that guidance and therefore our club will NOT be opening until we have advice from our 

governing body.

Bowling at all Clubs, should not take place in the early part of the season prior to 1st July.

A large proportion of members are over age 70 and may well be self-isolating. Social Distancing will be in place and many Clubs will have problems in maintaining their greens in this period.

Bowls England therefore, recommends that Clubs should not allow bowling before 1st July.

It has been decided to suspend all Inter Club Competitions due to start on Mon. 27th May.

The situation is changing daily but at present it is hoped to play the second half of the competitions starting on 1st July 2020.

Should the situation improve and we get greens open earlier than that, then we will review the situation.

We understand that National competitions have been cancelled this year and we are expecting County competitions to follow this trend. We appreciate that local bowlers will be looking for competitive games. So whilst we have temporarily suspended the leagues and with this respective, internal competitions as well, we feel that a compressed competition schedule running through to late September maybe feasible. 

We wish all our bowlers well in the coming weeks and months.

February 2020


Hello all.

Welcome back to St Mary Bourne BC website.

A new season is slowly approaching and I hope we are all looking forward to playing back outdoors and longing for some bright weather to play in.

Most members have now registered for the season but unfortunately a few members have not joined this season for various reasons but it is hoped that the club's open day will encourage new members.


With this reduction in members, it was necessary to reduce the number of Wednesday league teams to two,and so we have decided to withdraw the Eagles team from the Whitchurch League. It is hoped that if membership increase during the season, then next year, we may be able to reinstate the third team.


The B.D.B.A. Monday league team is very well supported for the season but again, there are insufficient numbers to make up two teams.


The Stan Hardman Thursday team is also well supported and will compete as usual in the Western Division.


Team Managers 2020 are :-


Monday League - Tony Grunsell

Wednesday Hawks - Len Mew

Wednesday Merlins - Alastair Bunce

Thursday Stan Hardman - John Alchin

Club Maintenance

We are hoping to renew to carpet in the clubhouse as soon as possible and if funds allow us.

To that end, quotes are being sourced and a decision will be made shortly.

It is also imperative that the paving slabs around the bowling green are re-levelled where necessary as they have become a trip hazard and is an accident waiting to happen. We will therefore be asking for as many volunteers as possible to assist in this mammoth task before the start of the bowling season. The alternative, will be to employ contractors, at great expense to the club, to make safe the paved area.

Along the same theme, this y ear we will be employing contractors to keep the hedges trimmed, as this has become a difficult task for the very few members who, every year struggle to trim the hedges and remove all the trimmings. This is the reason that the annual subscriptions have been increased to cover this hedging cost.

Spring Meeting

The season kicks off with the Spring Meeting on Sunday 23rd February at 3:00pm at the clubhouse.

Please try and come along to discuss this seasons matches, friendlies and events and any ideas for improving the club and ways to fund raise to help cover all the running costs.


Hope to see you all soon. 


Alastair Bunce

Web site manager