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A very merry Christmas to all our club members and I hope we can all meet together at some time next year

and hopefully continue with our Bowling and social events.

I am sure we shall all make the best of a strange Christmas.

Jan and myself wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your hard working president,  John Nix

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The club is now closed for the winter and with the restrictions of Covid 19, all social events have had to be cancelled until further notice.
The Winter Working Party is now looking for volunteers

A list of jobs can be found on the main Notice Board

If you think you can help get in touch with

Derek Phelps


Just as a butterfly slowly emerges from it’s chrysalis, members of Keynsham Bowling Club are starting to bid a farewell to lockdown and get back to playing the game they love.

At the start of June the Government lifted the lockdown on external sports and members were able to return to the green in Keynsham Park and play subject to strict controls.

A friendly roll up was all that was allowed and that was by way of pre booking a green with only twelve members on site at any time with just three greens being used. In addition all buildings were closed apart from the toilets.

As we moved into July restrictions were eased and the Executive Committee decided to respond accordingly. Members were asked if they wanted to participate in singles and pairs competitions over the next couple of months and 24 players are taking part in each one. Strict time limits have been placed on each game and if the designated number of ends have not been played at the end of 90 minutes, the winners will be decided based on the number of shots scored at the end of the time slot.

The clubhouse will be open together with the bar allowing participants to have a drink at the end of the game with social distancing being observed.

Only 30 members will be allowed on site at any given time covering both the green and the clubhouse.

At least the introduction of these two competitions gives members the chance of playing against each other as all of the leagues that both ladies and gentlemen play in have been cancelled for the season.

At the time of writing we should have enjoyed our annual BBQ which is arranged each year by the Social Committee in aid of the Captains’ chosen charities, which this year would have been Parkinsons UK. The Committee would normally be planning monthly social events for the winter months ahead but this is very difficult in such uncertain times.

However the majority of our members do belong to a generation where optimism for the future is the order of the day. In the words of the late Vera Lynn recently echoed by the Queen in her televised address “we will meet again”.

Keynsham Bowling Club Receives £2300 Grant to help with COVID 19 Impact

Keynsham Bowling Club has been awarded £2300 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund to help towards the cost of running the club the during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

  The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The grant will allow Keynsham Bowling Club to cover the costs of maintaining the Green and other ongoing expenses during the period of the pandemic.

Barrie Davis, the Chairman, said “We are delighted to receive this grant from Sport England, which will help cover the ongoing costs of running the club, at a time when our expected income has been seriously impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.” 

  Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:  “As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.  We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Keynsham Bowling Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

Mo sent this picture in and it is thought to be circa 1970's

Anyone know anything more about it?

Are there any more old photographs out there?

Monday 23rd March 2020

For those who look at the web site, here is a recent picture of the green, may we be playing on it soon!


The bowling green in Keynsham Park had recovered from last season’s bowling and was looking a rich green in colour. “Just a bit of sunshine is what is now needed” said the Greens Manager Derek Packer “and we will have a good playing surface for this season”.

Early in March, members gathered at the Clubhouse to sign on for the new season and collect their fixture book which showed the games for the next six months. The lists were up on the board to allow members to sign up for the first series of matches so that the selectors could pick the teams. Everyone was looking forward to a new season of bowling on the green and then coronavirus hit us and all of our planning was destroyed.

Members had enjoyed a Curry Evening in February and were looking forward to an evening with the violinist Lizz Lipscombe in March. This had to be cancelled along with the regular monthly coffee mornings and all fixtures have been cancelled for an indefinite period.

Many of our members are now “confined to barracks” having followed Government recommendations to self isolate themselves. Our Secretary David Hockney is sending out regular newsletters giving information from Bowls England and tips on how to look after ourselves. None of us of course know when we will be allowed to start bowling but as soon as we “get the nod” we will be out on the green immediately to get on with our lives – that’s the generation we belong to!

Some of the Friday Morning Bristol Indoor Team, celebrating 'Brexit Day.'    31st January 2020


The Christmas lights had been put in place and the tree erected in the Clubhouse to welcome members of the Keynsham Bowls Club to the Annual Christmas Party.

Everybody was in their best attire, many wearing Christmas hats, to listen to and in some cases dancing to the music of the Two of Clubs Duo.

During the interval the 70 members present enjoyed the traditional Christmas food of turkey and mince pies washed down with a glass of mulled wine, or two, all of which was prepared by members of the club’s Social Committee.

Our picture shows some of the ladies “letting their hair down” whilst the Two of Clubs were playing, who had been invited back following their successful evening the previous year.

As we sang along to such songs as the Four Seasons hit “Oh what a night in late December back in 63” the message was still appropriate some 56 years later.

Everyone had a super evening and left looking forward to Christmas 2020, when again, they will be entertained by the Two of Clubs.


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To All Members of Keynsham Bowling Club,

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

See you on the green!

President John Nix

Hope you're not bowled over by all your Christmas gifts!

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