Return to bowling

June 16, 2020

Secretary Norman Barton, on behalf of the committee, writes:

"Hi Everyone,


It is with a glow in my heart when I say the time to bowl again will soon be with us!


The committee has put together a "Covid Protocol", a rink diary, secured a reduction in the green fee from the council and purchased a supply of cleaning products, all in readiness to allow bowling to resume.


It will not be the same, but with care and following the protocol we hope you will all be safe and able to enjoy time on the green.


As things stand we are only able to use 3 rinks in any direction at one time. To facilitate this, Jo has been very busy constructing a "Rink booking diary". This will allow you to book and/or see if rinks are available. Email, phone and text can be used to reserve a slot. Email is the preferred option, but you can ring or text to reserve a slot if time is of the essence. You must NOT, under any circumstances, just turn up and hope to bowl but wait for a reply and rink number allocation. We will need to know all players who will use a rink, not just the person who is making the booking.

No booking will be reserved until a start date is agreed and we fire the starting gun.


As things stand we will start bowling on 1st July, but you will need to renew your memberships and purchase a green ticket.

Look forward to catching up with you all.


Stay safe



This is fantastic news and we look forward to getting back on the green safely and responsibly!

Pass the bowl

June 05, 2020

During lockdown, Grosvenor joined in with other bowls clubs and organisations in creating a video to 'Pass the Bowl'! It was great fun and we thank everyone for sending their video clips!


Latest update - time for bowls?

May 28, 2020

The go ahead has been given for outdoor activities such as bowls, where it is possible to socially distance. Bowls England have released guidance as to how clubs should operate in order to play safely. See it here.

Your committee have discussed the issue with regard to Grosvenor and Norman Barton, Club Secretary, speaks on their behalf:

"Hi Everyone,


I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times?


I thought I would update you all as to where we are with bowling this season.

After consulting the committee I have written to the council to say we will not be starting bowling yet. There was an option to start using the green from 1st June, but with the guidance from Bowls England/Kent bowls and our own committee have decided against this. 

The committee will look again at the situation mid June to see if some practice sessions could start in July. There is a lot to think about though, social distancing, shared equipment cleansing and use of facilities to name but a few.

Unless things change dramatically matches against other teams looks unlikely, due in no small part to peoples travel arrangement to matches.


I and the committee wish you all a safe summer and look forward to catching up when the time is right. If anyone has a thought or queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I will send out an update if and when things change.


Kind regards


The Committee are currently working on a guide for bowling safely at Grosvenor for when we open up for play. Please keeping reading here and check your emails for communications from the club, and please get in contact with your captain or committee (see who they are here) if you have any concerns, or need support, or if you just fancy keeping in touch!

See you soon, we hope!

May update

May 02, 2020

A message from the Committee:


"As your committee, we have just reviewed the situation surrounding the current season start. Whilst fixtures in May have already been cancelled we looked at the prospect of starting in June.


The council have replied stating that they are following Government guidelines with ALL sports facilities being closed at present and they would inform us if there is any change.


The committee took the decision that we would cancel all matched due to be played in June and look again at the situation at the end of May as to where we might be for July fixtures.


I would like to say the contractors are still looking after the green and in general it is looking very good. They are cutting at least once a week whilst also trying to get rid of the moss. Its worth a look if you can include it in your daily exercise routine.


In these uncertain times please keep safe and here's looking forward to meeting on the green when we are allowed."

Members, please head to the members' area!

Coronavirus and bowls

March 20, 2020

Everyone is understandably concerned and uncertain about how the next few months will go regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus. I think it goes without saying that the safety and wellbeing of all bowlers is our priority. The Grosvenor Committee are currently discussing things (from separate locations!).

What we do know?

Bowls England have made a statement which you can read in full here. The basic outline is that all domestic events for the 20/21 season have been cancelled. This includes ALL national competitions - the county competitions are the early rounds of the nationals. 

The Kent County Bowling Association (KCBA) and the Kent County Women's Bowling Association (KCWBA) have both made the same decision to cancel County events, competitions, friendly matches etc. for the 20/21 season. You can read their joint statement here.

The Tunbridge Wells Mixed Triples League has also been cancelled for this season. Ken Smith on behalf of the League organisers said, "The Tunbridge Wells league is cancelled for this year due to the Governments guidelines on the Corona virus." He added that he hoped we all stay safe and well. 

The Tunbridge Wells Ladies League has decided to cancel the league, but agreed to maintain faint hope that maybe some matches may be played later in the season if the situation improves. However, the safety of all will be the guiding factor.

This is not the news we were all expecting when we played our match against the TW Royals at the end of February, and is a disappointment for us all, but Grosvenor Bowls Club will be raring to go when it is safe enough to play! 

We will keep you informed as things develop. In the meantime, stay safe and well, and if any of our members are in need of assistance, please contact us! 

Update w/e 18th August 2019

August 17, 2019

In the second half of the Tunbridge Wells Tournament last week, the Grosvenor triple of Simon Watson, Lionel Hanmore and Norman Barton unfortunately lost out to eventual winners Brian Simmons, Dave Hayward and Terry Prince of Tonbridge on a challenging rink at Culverden Bowls Club.

The winning Tonbridge triple beat Jon Broomfield, Brian Chalklin and Trevor Russell, also of Tonbridge BC in the final.

The pairs competition didn't go so well for our 4 Grosvenor pairs, with only Norman Barton and Simon Watson making it past the first round. However, they did extremely well and lost to the last bowl of their quarter final. An excellent effort!

The winners of the pairs competiton were Keith Blackman (Southend) and Dave McCathie (Essex County), beating Phil Boddy (the Grove) and Eric Rogers (Calverley).

Graham Bridges played in the singles final on Saturday afternoon against Jon Broomfield from Tonbridge BC. Graham found himself trailing for most of the match but made a spirited comeback, while one shot from defeat! He managed to draw level at 20-20 and the shot changed hands multiple times on the final end, but with his final bowl, Jon Broomfield drew shot bowl for a well-earned victory. Congratulations, Jon, and commiserations, Graham, but it was an exciting final to watch and Grosvenor has had much to be proud of this tournament!

This week, Jo Cartwright went to the National Championships in Leamington Spa to compete in the two-wood singles competition. She won her first round match against a lady from Wiltshire, reaching the last 32 in the country, but lost to a lady from Somerset in the next round. A good effort to reach the Nationals, Jo.

Lastly, some sad news to report. On Saturday 10th August, Grosvenor member Barry Wise passed away. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Shirley at this difficult time.

TW Tournament - Wednesday

August 06, 2019

Wednesday morning saw the semi-finals of the singles competition, watched by a good sized crowd at Culverden BC. Keith Blackman (Southend) v Graham Bridges (Grosvenor) and Jon Broomfield (Tonbridge) v Duncan Hanmore (Borough Green).

Jon Broomfield raced into an early lead against Duncan, and the former Grosvenor player never quite managed to get back into the game, despite some dominant ends. Broomfield held his nerve and finshed the match by taking the jack into the ditch to pick up the two shots he needed.

Keith Blackman v Graham Bridges was an altogether slower-paced game, with some excellent drawing on a tricky rink. After a close start to the match, Graham gradually edged into the lead and continued to stretch the gap. Congratulations, Graham!

Singles final on Saturday, time TBA:

Graham Bridges (Grosvenor) v Jon Broomfield (Tonbridge BC)

In the evening, the triples competition continued with the two Grosvenor triples meeting at The Grove. With former winners Stuart Moaby, Steve Jenner and Graham Bridges the favourites on paper, it was a slight surprise for spectators to see Simon Watson, Lionel Hanmore and Norman Barton six shots up with two ends to play. With the defending champions holding five shots on the 17th end, Norman did well to affect a 'no end', but on the replayed end still dropped a 4, leaving his triple two shots ahead going into a nervy final end. Graham's triple held two shots, which they needed to tie the match, but with his last bowl, Norman drew the shot, sealing his team's win. What a game! Well done to all our Grosvenor players!

Simon, Lionel and Norman will play the semi-final against Brian Simmons's triple at Culverden on Thursday at 5.45pm.

Thursday morning sees the start of the pairs competition. Simon Watson and Norman Barton have received a walkover, and so will play a second round match at 2pm at Culverden.

Meanwhile at 9.30am at The Grove, Keith Morgan & Chris Tapp, Stuart Moaby & Graham Bridges, and Lionel Hanmore & Steve Jenner will be first round matches. Good luck to all of them!

TW Tournament - Monday

August 04, 2019

In the first round of the singles this morning, the 10am matches were played in persistent rain. Graham Bridges came through a tough first round against Brian Chalklin from Tonbridge BC to go through to tomorrow's second round where he will face former Grosvenor player, and friend of our club, Martin Mapp. Steve Jenner received a walkover and will play C Bailey (Burgess Hill) in his second round game. Current Grosvenor captain Chris Tapp was drawn against former Grosvenor captain and life member Lionel Hanmore in the first round and came off second best. Lionel will square up to J Broomfield (Tonbridge) in his next round.

The rain had passed over by the time the 1pm matches began and Grosvenor's Norman Barton was able to overcome Trevor Verrall of Culverden, who was playing on his home green. Tomorrow, Norman will face former Grosvenor player Duncan Hanmore. 

In the evening, defending champions Graham Bridges, Steve Jenner, and Stuart Moaby faced stiff opposition from Malcolm Ward and co. in the opening round of the triples competition. They eventually won through by a single shot to progress to the second round.

Tuesday schedule (current Grosvenor players in bold)

10am Culverden:

Steve Jenner v C Bailey

Martin Mapp v Graham Bridges

10am The Grove:

J Broomfield v Lionel Hanmore

Norman Barton v Duncan Hanmore

1.30pm: The Grove

All singles quarter finals (ie. winners from the morning games)

5.45pm: The Grove (triples)

Graham Bridges v B Grundy

Norman Barton v D Easton

Update w/e 4th August 2019

August 02, 2019

Some Grosvenor success to report this week! Last Saturday, Jo Cartwright played in the Kent ladies' two-wood singles final. In rainy conditions but the green playing well at Cranbrook Bowls Club, Jo overcame her opponent from Empire Bowls Club (Greenhithe) to become Kent champion - congratulations, Jo! She will compete in the first round of the national championships in Leamington Spa on Tuesday 13th August.

In the Tunbridge Wells Mixed Triples League, a couple of away matches without picking up any points cost Grosvenor the top spot, and despite a good win over Groombridge in the last game, we have finished as runners-up, a single point behind winners Grove A. This is still great achievement having only been promoted to the top division last season. Well done to the team!

In our friendly matches, we have lost the last couple (away at Culverden and in a drive against the SEC 10 pin bowlers), but we've enjoyed the games against lovely people. Today (Saturday) we travel to Paddock Wood to challenge ourselves on their artificial green.

On Monday, the Tunbridge Wells Tournament begins with the singles on Monday morning. 


Graham Bridges (the Grove)

Chris Tapp (Culverden)

Lionel Hanmore (Culverden)


Norman Barton (Culverden)

Steve Jenner has received a bye into the second round. All second round matches begin at 10am on Tuesday. Check the tournament website, Grosvenor Facebook page, or this news page for results.

The triples competition begins at 5.45pm on Monday and Graham Bridges' triple will be playing at Culverden. Norman Barton's triple received a bye and will be playing at the Grove on Tuesday evening at 5.45pm.

Good luck to all Grosvenor players! If you can, please go along during the week to support our players and the hosting clubs!

Update w/e 28th July

July 22, 2019

On Saturday 27th July, Jo Cartwright will play in the County two-wood singles final at Cranbrook Bowls Club at 9.15am. All the Ladies' finals will be taking place at this venue on the same day, so there will be plenty of action and spectators are encouraged! We wish Jo the very best of luck!

Because of the date of the KCWBA finals, we have moved our game with the SEC 10 pin bowlers to the following day, Sunday 28th July at 2.30pm. This is always great fun and there are trophies to be won!

In the Tunbridge Wells Mixed Triples League, Grosvenor are still at the top of the table, but by a single point, with some tough games still to come. This Thursday (25th), Grosvenor travel to Wadhurst to play Wadhurst's A team. Anyone who wishes to watch is welcome to come along - 6pm start.

We are now just under a fortnight away from the start of the Tunbridge Wells Men's Open Tournament, held jointly between The Grove BC and Culverden BC. There are plenty of Grosvenor entries to support, and with refreshments available at both venues, it is well worth going along to watch! This is a terrific event for the bowling community in Tunbridge Wells and it is important to make sure it is worthwhile for the hosting clubs, so please drop in to see some games if you can. A full list of the draws is available in the tournament programme (ask Graham Bridges if interested) and on the tournament website. Please click the button below.

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