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Newchurch Short-mat Bowls Club

The club was formed in the early 1990's, not long after the village hall was built. Initally two second-hand mats were purchased, and since then three more have been added.

Many of the founder members are still playing, with 10-12 players bowling regularly in the village hall on Friday nights, throughout the year.

Click here for the report on the Lyminge Charity Tournament which took place in February 2017

The club participates in both a Summer and Winter South East Kent League and a Summer and Winter Shepway league.


The South East Kent League matches are weekly, alternating home and away.  In the Shepway League there are two matches a month, one home and one away.   

Both of these leagues are for triples, the Shepway Winter League requires a pair of triples for each match.

Newchurch Short-mat Bowls club have won trophies in each of these competitions over the years, as well as in a number of charity competions, which are typically annual events.

While these and the leagues are very competitive, they are invariably played in a friendly atmosphere. Clubs from as far apart as Hawkinge and Rye, and from Brenzett to Wye, take part in these competitions.

New players are always welcome - any age and ability. The club has a mix of male and female members.

Weekly playing fees are minimal, and the only requirement initially are completely flat-soled bowls shoes (no tread) or slippers, or even just socks! Although anyone deciding to play regularly will no doubt want their own set of bowls.

Friday evening 'roll-ups', from 8.00pm, are friendly and casual affairs, though on some Fridays one or sometimes both mats will be in use for league matches.

If anyone is interested in coming along to see what it is all about, please contact either club captain Clive Owen Snr. or complete the form below:



Winners of the Inplay Challenge Trophy 2017/2018

InPlayCup_20172018.jpgThe 2017 / 18 season's competition was played in Ditton Community Centre with all the above leagues represented; after an excellent days competition the South East Kent league retained the title. The South East teams represented by Wye, Hamstreet and Newchurch only dropped 6 points from a potential 24. 




September 2016
Winners of the Inplay Challenge Trophy


The top three teams from South East Kent competed for the Inplay cup.  Newchurch, Wye and Hawkinge played for South East Kent and were the overall winners.



Click here to view victories from 2014 to 2015/2016