Christchurch Short Mat Bowls Club

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Christchurch Carpet Short Mat Bowls Club are a friendly group that meet weekly to practice short mat bowls and to socialise in the local Community Centre in Christchurch.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • it’s a gentle sport to help keep you moving
  • it’s a strategic game which helps to keep your mind active
  • it’s a chance to socialise with others and make new friends.

What to expect

On arrival you will be greeted by one of the committee and shown around the venue if you have not been before. You will then be introduced to other members.

The group meet every Monday from 6:45pm – 9:00pm.  The group usually split into teams and play a number of games before stopping for a tea break around 8pm. If it’s your first time other members will be happy to show you the ropes and get you  playing bowls in no time.

They urge anyone interested to come along and have a go.  They are a friendly
bunch and, for most, their games are always a bit hit and miss, so you will
soon realise that you will easily fit in, regardless of whether you have
ever played before or not.  The club does have some talented players and are proud that their treasurer Hazel Spry has been selected to play for the England Team.

No equipment is necessary as they have spare bowls.  They advise that you wear soft shoes/slippers with flat soles.

If you have questions before you attend you are welcome to contact Janet Harper on 07941 465319 or Pat Rigby on 07776 142642.

There is free parking available at Christchurch Community Centre.  It it fully accessible and has toilets on site.

More Information

Short Mat Bowls is played on a long narrow mat, just short of the length
of the hall.  There are two teams per mat, with a maximum of 4 players
per team.  The objective of the game is to bowl your wood to stop as
near as possible to the jack which will be situated at the far end.
Just to make things more challenging there is a piece of wood placed in
the centre, which needs to be avoided.  A bowling wood is weighted on
one side therefore, depending on how weighted your particular wood is,
it will naturally curve to varying extents when bowled.  So in order to
become a competent player, we need to get used to how our bowling wood performs
in order to allow it to get around the obstacle and then curve in
to meet the target, without it rolling off the side of the mat.

There is a small fee per session. For up-to-date details of cost, please contact the group by phone or email.

Walking into to Christchurch Community Centre:

How to contact

Where to go

Christchurch Community Centre
Upwell Road

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