2024 Bowls Season – Social Bowling in Downton

Social Bowls is an important part of bowling at Downton. It helps new bowlers learn both the art and etiquette of playing bowls and builds confidence. This season we’re planning to change how our Social Bowling is organised. We will be holding two Social Bowling sessions a week:

  • A Social Bowling session on a Monday afternoon (excluding Bank holidays) starting at 2pm.
  • A Social Bowling session on a Friday evening from 6pm.

For Monday’ session, we are looking for volunteers (male and/or female) to run the session. This would involve arriving at the club a few minutes before 2pm to open up the clubhouse; put out the bowls equipment for a rink and then play a game. Afterwards, they will make the tea if needed and supervise the tidying up. If we get enough volunteers, you should only need to do this once in a season.

We will also be having Social Bowling on a Friday evening from 6pm. However we would recommend every member who has a mobile phone to subscribe to the Club’s WhatsApp group. You can then post a message on the Group saying you are going to play on a particular Friday and other players can respond saying they would like to join you. We will make tea and biscuits available on these days.

If you are willing to help the club and can volunteer for an afternoon on a Monday, please get in touch with Steve Allen by email or phone.

Thank you
Steve Allen

Christmas Coffee Morning Frivolity

Our lovely ladies – Muriel, Rosemary and Anne – organised a lovely morning of coffee cake and laughs on 20th December. Christmas hats and jumpers abounded (some hats were sillier than others, as were those wearing them). Bingo warmed us up, followed by a bumper raffle. Thank you to all those who supported our Christmas event.

Alan Waters

Downton hosting two New Forest Plate Finals

On Saturday, 9th September Downton Bowls Club will be hosting two New Forest Plate Finals.

The first final will start at 10.00am and the second at 2.00pm so there will be much to see all day.

Teas, coffees and other refreshments will be available over the course of the day – and the Bar will be open!

Spectators are warmly welcome.

Leisure Centre ‘Fun Day’

On Sunday, 3rd September the Leisure Centre in Downton is holding its ‘Fun Day’ from 11.00am – 4.00pm and, hopefully, there will be some people wishing to have a go at playing Bowls.
We are planning to have the Green open for a roll-up, so please look in when you come along.

Green Opening Postponed.

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions, the Greenkeeper has had to postpone the opening of the Green. However, it is anticipated that the Green will actually be open for Play from Tuesday, 18th April and will be available for the Ladies Practice at 2.00pm and the Men’s Practice at 6.15pm on that day. This will be dependent on the weather over the following few days.

The Opening Charity Fun Day and the President v Captain game will now take place on Saturday, 22nd and Sunday 23rd April respectively, at 2.00pm.

The Ladies Practice scheduled for Monday 17th has been postponed to Tuesday as previously stated.

Race Night

We had over 30 people attend the Race Night last week, which attracted a lot of business for bookmaker Rod Hall.

One lucky person was “ the owner” of four of the winning horses! Everyone tucked into the lovely supper of fish and chips and the evening was rounded off with a couple of novelty races.

Downton Football Club

Downton Bowling Club hosted the Downton Football Club at their Annual get together last Sunday. It was a glorious day and at least 20 friends from The Robins joined in a Triples Match. Several footballers and their wives, girlfriends and children took part and the local Downton players were pleased to see that everyone else joined in the game.

Fun and Focus

On 5 May, Marie (our coach) ran her ‘Fun and Focus’ afternoon at Downton. She and Alan set up the 6 rinks in the morning the rinks measured out so each was exactly the same with markers for each of the 4 challenges she had set.

The aim of this popular event was to have FUN (you could wear what you like and chat as much as you like) but at the same time there was an element of FOCUS as well. Four unusual challenges were set – bowling to off-centre Jacks; blowing the Jack to a target; Show consistancy in bowling and finally a bit of fun bashing the bowls placed around the Jack. Measuring was a novelty as Marie had made 3-foot garden canes into measuring devices with green tape at 3 foot intervals to make it all nice and easy.

This event was so popular before COVID that this year Marie had to run two sessions. 18 members turned up, two played on each rink taking turns with the challenges, one playing, the other measuring and returning bowls to their partner player.

It was a lovely day weather-wise, everyone was relaxed, enjoying the challenges and found it was something a bit different to do on the bowling green. We had some imaginative scores at the end but the joint winners were Charles Burrows and Simon Stacey.

Bowls England Weekend

Thanks to everybody for entertaining the Bowls England Tourist Team yesterday. It was a super day despite the chilly breeze.  Bowls England paid for their teas and Green Fees and our raffle gave us £172. The President of Bowls England, Terri Keen, gave prizes to the highest and lowest winning Rinks and a really superb Glass item which is displayed in our Club House.