Welcome to Torquay Bowling Club

Your Bowls Club Needs You

We may not be able to use the green as usual but the Club has to function as normal and that includes voting in a new committee, team captains and selectors for 2020/21. Nomination sheets are on display until Saturday 26th September, the last day the green is open. We still need members to put their name forward for some posts and also proposers and seconders for some who have already done so. Please make an effort to visit the Club and see what you can do.

On Tuesday and Friday mornings we do not have roll-ups, this time given to the Green ans Surrounds Teams to work their magic. You can if you wish visit the Club then to view the Nomination Sheets, you don’t have to restrict your visit to times when the green is open.


An Early  End of Season Message from Captain Eric

First of all can I remind you that the roll up season will end on 26th September.
My sincere thanks to all our club members who have rolled up, and further for the manner in which they strictly adhered to the Covid 19 Government rules and guidance issued by Bowls England and adopted by the club. Not forgetting all members who acted as Stewards for each and every game played, and a big shout out to Di Hardwell who has sat by the phone every day through out this Covid period in order to take the bookings in compliance with the track and trace system.
Can I also offer my sincere thanks to Tony, Ray and the Green Team for providing a superb green to play on. Without  a doubt the best.


Short Mat Winter 2020-21

Because of the Covid restrictions there have to be changes to how the Short Mat games are organised. It is intended to run a Club Pairs Competition with just one mat this winter, which will give us excellent social distancing room.

It is anticipated this will commence mid October but the final details are yet to be finalised. The basics should be known before the green closes and the details will be posted here as soon as possible.


Carry on bowling – latest (13 September 11:15)

Despite the new Covid rules coming into effect on Monday 14th September we can carry on using the green as we have been. This is because the Government has agreed with Bowls England that Covid Secure Clubs, which we are, can continue with outdoor bowls.

The green will remain open until Saturday 26th September for roll-ups.

As always the above is subject to change should the Government change the rules again.


Fun Day Results

Many congratulations to the winners of the Fun Day Triples Competition, our only competition winners for 2020. Sixteen teams of triples played 21 ends and resulted in the winners

Jean Welch, Geoff Kenneford and Di Needham

Only one shot behind were the very close runners up

Shirley Howlett, John Williamson and Malcolm Malloch-Brown.


Coronavirus Latest (Last updated 9 July 18:30)

Thank you for giving your views to the committee member who contacted you recently concerning the remainder of the season. Here is the latest Coronavirus update and the results of the consultation.


There has been a further easing by the Government affecting Lawn Bowls,the main points are as follows.


Whilst there has been a relaxation by the Government on this subject, both BE and TBC recommend that players maintain a social distance of 2M.


Avoid it, stay as you are, our cleaning system for both Jacks and Mats remains and works.


Apart from the use of Toilet facilities, via the corridor, the remainder of the building remains out of bounds.


The relaxation now allows 30 people to be on the premises at any one time.

This now is actually written into law,

For clarity and to give an example,if we had set out 8 rinks in order to utilise 5 rinks playing triples,and we had two or three spectators that wanted to watch, or indeed a couple of non playing club members,this would not be allowed, and we would be breaking the law. 30 means 30.


The committee have already put in place a system concerning any visitors or spectators that may visit the club during the roll up periods.

There is a book for recording the details of these people that has been placed next to the First Aid Box ,adjacent to the Rink Booking File in the corridor leading to the Ladies and gents Toilets.

These details will be taken and actioned by the Steward of the day.


This system is currently working well,and must remain in place.


We continue to ensure that the facilities currently available to our members are kept clean with Hygiene as a priority. A cleaner visits the club 2/3 times a week and ensures that the Toilets in particular are kept as clean as possible.Hand Sanitisers are available in the Ladies,the Gents, and the Disabled Toilet.

These Bulletins will continue, and changes are most likely, we will however keep you informed.

Please check back regularly.



Following the recent ‘ring around’ carried out by our Committee members to 94 club members, we can report the following.


We had a 78% favourable response to this question,and to such end have made a provisional booking for approx 65 Persons.

No deposit was made and like everything at this moment in time, things may change!


84% Supported this idea, and as a result we have made tentative bookings as follows.

Sunday 23rd August versus Hatherleigh at 2pm 4 rinks of Triples, i.e.12 players per club.

Eating, Heating, and Seating will be fine tuned nearer the date,but at all times having regard for the covid situation current at the time.Dress code whites, if they still fit!

Monday August 24th versus Marldon, exactly the same format as above.

Tuesday !st September versus Babbacombe, same format again.

There may be another,but we will let you know in plenty of time.

A suggestion was made as to our extending the season into the first week of October, and which was felt by our Green Team to not be a problem. So that may go ahead.

The Committee Nomination Sheets are up in the usual place in the corridor

The AGM is in the Clubhouse on Friday 13th Nov 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

The Club Fun Day-c/w cream tea is booked for Sunday 13th Sept. May have to be two sessions because of allowable numbers,or indeed over two days. It would be good to have such a day as we could all do with a break from this virus thing. Will keep you posted.

2021 Opening Day is booked for Sunday 18th April.


For those of you who have not been down recently,it is worth a trip just to have a look at the way the green looks after all the hard work put in by Ray Mitchell, Tony C, Derick Murgatroyd, Alan Stephenson, and Alan Hewitt and it plays even better than it looks,and it just has to be the best in the Bay and probably further afield as well.!

Have a look at the Green Surrounds, resplendent with their new metal colours,courtesy of Geoff Gay and Tony,have a look at the newly painted clubhouse externally, courtesy of Roger Evans, Have a look at the Water Tank surround, newly timber faced, and stained, courtesy of Geoff Gay and when you can get in to the Club house Lounge, have a look at all the new Trophy Cabinets, and the re-siting of Honours Boards , Shields and Plaques,courtesy of Alan Hewitt.

We must really be so very grateful to these people.

In conclusion the roll ups are well attended and we believe appreciated,with us now averaging about 70 person roll ups per week,it would have been a few more but for the weather at times


The green is open for individuals, singles, pairs and triples – book your rink before coming to the club

Please remember, only phone Di to book a rink between 9:00 and 10:30 am each day.
You can now check to see if a rink is available for any day, including the day you phone.
You don’t have to play before making your next booking. If available you can have more than one rink booking in a week. If demand for rinks increases significantly this will be reviewed.



Coronavirus has given the unscrupulous a whole lot of ways to try and rob the unwary and we all need to watch out for fake emails and text messages. Be very sure you want to before clicking on an attachment or a link. Here is the latest message from Action Fraud Police.

Protect yourself

Watch out for scam messages:

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online:

If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely



Devon Air Ambulance Base2Base virtual challenge

Our charity for 2020 is the Devon Air Ambulance. Sadly due to the coronavirus restriction we are going to be unable as a club to raise funds in the normal way.

For anyone that would like to support them they are holding the Base2Base virtual challenge between 1st and 21st June, where you walk 40 miles between those dates. See the full details on their website here.


More volunteers are required to be a Green Steward on an occasional basis. For more details click here.




The Coasters do the double

After winning the Torbay Short Mat League Cup on Saturday 29th February at the Derwent, the Coasters, a team of current and former club members have gone on to win the Torbay Short Mat League. Well done to you all.


Congratulations to Ella

We all know that Ella Crouch had a very good summer. Well, she continues to do well indoors this winter. She is through to the final of the Devon County Under 21 Singles which were due to be played at the County Finals Day in Axminster on Sunday 19th April. Not surprisingly County Finals Day has fallen victim to Coronavirus and Finals Day will be rearranged when possible.


Club Charity

For 2020 the club’s charity is Devon Air Ambulance. There will be plenty of opportunities to donate to this great cause throughout the year.


Want to Contact Us

You can use the Contact page to email June, our Secretary. Contact details for all of our Committee Members and League Team Captains and Selectors can be found on the Club Directory page or email torquaybowlingclub@gmail.com.


Items for sale

From time to time the club has surplus items which we would like to dispose of. These can be found on the For Sale page. For club members an area has been set aside on the notice boards for you to advertise bowls clothing and equipment both wanted and for sale.

Riviera Tournament

We are co-hosts of the annual English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament. Cancelled for 20020 due to Coronavirus, in 2021 it will be held between 20th and 26th June. Full details from the tournament web-site


Forthcoming Events

For details of all our activities not in the fixtures list see the Events Diary.


League Tables

See the latest league tables for all  of our competitive sides.


Friends of Torquay Bowling Club

Shows you all the businesses that are supporting the club through sponsorship and advertising. Please consider them when making purchases. You may also find the occasional special offer to club members, so keep returning to the page.


fb-flogo-blue-broadcast-2Thanks to Sarah there has been a club page on Facebook for some time, but sadly many of us didn’t know. Well now we do. If you have something to share, or just want to browse, go and have a look.


Bowls Tours to Torquay
Why you should come, where to stay and what to do

For a successful tour you want a comfy bed, good food, enjoyable bowling and something to do when not bowling. To help you plan your tour and make the most of your time we have put together a page with a mixture of local information and selected adverts. More content will be added so keep coming back to see what is on offer.


Support for the Deaf

One of our members is a qualified signer for the deaf. If you are visiting us on a tour or interested in joining our club, are deaf and would appreciate the support of a signer, please get in touch with us in advance of your visit.


Interested in playing bowls

The best thing you can do is give it a try. Have a look at our page devoted to those who haven’t yet taken the plunge  and actually played the game. We look forward to meeting you on the green.


Thinking of joining our club

You probably know what you are looking for in a club so please feel free to look around our site and see what we have to offer. Why not start at the About us page. Then it’s up to you to either drop in and talk to us or contact June our secretary.


Free WiFi

We now have free wifi for members and guests in the clubhouse.

To all club members

Help to keep the website up to date and useful for all members by keeping us (Barry and Harry or email torquaybowlingclub@gmail.com) informed of any news or events to be held that you think should be on these pages.