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Keynsham Bowls Press Release. August 2021

As we arrive at the tail end of the 2021 bowling season members look back on what might have happened but did not. Whilst league fixtures against some clubs have been played the competitiveness has been lost as the decision was made to cancel promotion and relegation between divisions, with clubs in 2022 starting in the same divisions as they now are.

Activity in cup competitions remained and our men played at home to Bloomfield from Bath on the 5th round of the Turnbull Cup. The match remained on a knife edge right to the finish with a measure being taken after the final wood was bowled on the last rink playing. Bloomfield won the end by one shot and took the match by 76 to 75 shots. Who says bowls in not an exciting game!

In the Friday Triples our men were drawn away to the league leaders Avonvale and in spite of a good win on one of the 4 rinks they suffered a heavy defeat on another and lost by 5 shots.

The annual fixture between our men and Frys took place with Frys being the trophy holders having won it when it was last played. Frys left Keynsham Park again with the trophy having won by 75 to 59 shots in spite of Keynsham narrowly winning on two of the four rinks. Frys returned to our green some three weeks later to play a Bristol and District League fixture, when Keynsham won on all three rinks with shots totalling 48 to 31, and hence pickup up all 10 points. During the month we played host to the Southam United Club from Warwickshire who stopped in Keynsham on their way home from a tour. Keynsham won on 4 of the 5 rinks played with a total shot score of 99-70.

As a result of our open day earlier in the year the ladies have welcomed seven new members taking their number up to nearly 40. The ladies have joined the new Somerset Ladies County League which plays on Saturdays to enable those who work to play competitive bowls. They have performed well in all of the cup matches that they have played, reaching the quarter finals of the Southey Trophy.

Keeping the surroundings of a bowling club plus its buildings in a good condition is a time consuming and costly exercise. Fortunately we have a dedicated group of men who meet every Monday throughout the year, come rain or come sun, to keep everything in order and in the process save the club a considerable amount of money. In appreciation of their work one of our generous members decided to give them a treat and our picture shows them at the Lock Keeper enjoying a drink before tucking into their meal.

KBC Barbecue 2021

Be entertained by Lizz Lipscombe


SOLO VIOLINIST       'A wandering Minstrel'

SUNDAY 25th July

Lizz will start to play at 4.00pm


Proceeds in support of the Captains Charity Parkinsons UK


Taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Bowls England is launching its 'Bowls Big Weekend,' when affiliated clubs can organise events to promote outdoor bowls.

It is a very doable sport and neither age nor gender has any impact on your ability to play. It really is a great way to relax, keep fit and make new friends.

As part of this campaign Keynsham Bowls Club will be holding a 'come and try' day on Sunday 30th May.

There will be two one hour sessions in the morning at 10.00 and 11.00 am with two more in the afternoon, commencing at 2.00 and 3.00 pm. These will offer a chance for anyone, on their own, or with family or friends to come along and give bowls a try.

Anyone interested can book a place at any of these times by making contact with the Club Secretary David Hockney by way of e mail at or on his mobile at 07787 968874.

First Drinks 2021

With waiter service by Mo and Carm

Open Day April 2021


21st MARCH 2021



As our photograph shows the green in Keynsham Park is looking in good shape as members of Keynsham Bowls Club prepare for what they hope will be a full season of bowling.

A provisional fixture list has been prepared that covers the leagues in which the club takes part. The ladies field one team in each of the North Somerset and also Mendip leagues in addition to playing a number of friendlies.

The men field three teams in the Thursday evening Bristol and District league and also the Saturday afternoon North Somerset league as well as a team in the Friday Triples league plus weekly friendlies.

Ladies and gents then combine to play in the weekly Somerset Mixed League on a Friday evening. In addition, teams, both ladies and gents, compete in the various inter club competitions and everyone is welcome to come along to club night on a Monday evening to take part in a social rollup.

Due to the quality of the green the club is regularly asked to host County matches and this year is no exception.

In June there will be a ladies fixture between Somerset and Worcester followed in August by a mens fixture between Somerset and Middlesex. Whilst all this is happening members compete against each other in the various cup competitions in the hope of winning a place at Finals Day at the end of the season.

In addition to playing bowls club members also enjoy a varied social programme. In July there will be the Annual BBQ which will raise funds for the Ladies and Gents Captains charity which this year is Parkinson UK. At this event entertainment will be provided by an electric violinist called Lizz Lipscombe playing everything from classic to pop.

Then in December members can let their hair down at the Christmas Party with entertainment by the Duo the Two of Clubs. Also throughout the winter season there are monthly events such as quizzes and curry evening plus the regular monthly coffee morning.

You certainly get value for money if you are a member of Keynsham Bowls Club!



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'.

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