Short-mat bowls are held on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm, and 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. If you are playing in the 4:15 session, please do not turn up before 4:00 pm

  • While on the mat bowls shoes should be worn, outside shoes not allowed on the mat

  • The central heating will be on, but the clubhouse should be ventilated. To cover the cost of clubhouse heating, there is a cost of £1.00 per player to be deposited in the honesty jar/tin.

  • For those who have never played short-mat the rules are simple and like normal outside games, with a bowler delivering their wood off a mat placed at the end of the carpet where a there is a “ditch” and a wooden guard, the wood then has to stay on the carpet avoiding the wooden block in the middle to land as near the jack, but within the home lines. If the wood doesn’t reach the home line then it is taken out and if it reaches the ditch without touching the jack then it is taken off the carpet. Scoring is just like the outside game.

  • When delivering the wood one foot should be on the mat and the other inside the tramlines.

  • We hope that more members will take the opportunity to play short mat as the club is making an effort to provide some gentle exercise.  

    We enjoy the chance to meet and play with friends it is a good opportunity to get out of the house on dismal winter days for gentle exercise and a chance to catch up on any news.


Feel free to have a drink when you are bowling