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Opening of Orpington Bowls Club
on MONDAY 25th MAY 2020

The club will be open for limited play from Monday 25th May 2020.  All league matches and friendly games with other clubs remain cancelled.  Access to the club house will be available for members while playing but it remains closed for all social activity.

Guidance issued by Bowls England must be strictly adhered to;   You can see a summary of the Bowls England Safety Information on the “OTHER” club news page.

Rinks must be pre-booked. There is a google calendar available to book a slot.  Play is only from 12 midday until 8pm and 10 – 8pm weekends.

Only 6 players may play at any session
singles games using alternate rinks.
Only one and a half hour play per session at this present time.
If you come up on your own you can play with another single player but with social distancing rules in place

There will be no steward on site, so you may have to let yourselves in.  Two of the locks have been changed over the winter, if you require a key contact Paul Gramann who has sets available

The clubhouse must remain shut for anything other than access to toilet and hand washing. No admittance to the kitchen only to lock up. Toilet facilities will only be cleaned by fortnightly at present time so it is vital for each individual to maintain effective care in cleansing.

Bring your own refreshments

No visitors will be allowed access to club while the lockdown is in place

Members should only attend the club while they are playing a game otherwise please leave the bowls club

Only equipment that is to be used are mat and jacks. Each player uses separate jack one white one yellow only touching the opponents jack or bowls with feet if necessary

Equipment MUST be cleaned before and after each session

Please provide your own cleansing wipes, there will be some at the clubhouse but they are for the using on club equipment and items

Please, no playing on the green if it is raining or has rained recently and the green is still wet as that would necessitate using nets which would be counter-acting social distancing when setting

Dress code – bowls shoes MUST be worn but casual dress may be allowed during this present time

Remember, your friend may have the virus even when they look healthy.



The club has a new sponsor

Kenny has already done jobs for several members

and is highly recommended.

2019 News

7th December         Christmas Cabaret

This year we had our usual entertainer Andrew singing songs and Christmas carols and our usual host telling jokes and having fun.   The club house was suitably decorated and there were our usual super raffle prizes and a surprise spot prize.  As you can see from the pictures below we all had a good time.  A singer has already been booked for the 2020 Christmas cabaret, see the Social Events page for details and put it in your diary.

15 September                BBDBA Finals

Congratulations to our bowlers on winning the Beckenham Bromley & District Triples league and Fours competition.


15 September        Boules

Sunday we had our first boules match against another club Bromley Town which was played in a good friendly spirit and is hopefully the first of many

14 September         Celebration Day


Our Celebration Day on Saturday 14th September, was a good day !   Our club was founded in 1929 and we therefore celebrated 90 years as a bowls club !  The weather was wonderful and everything went very well.

August 31                Bexley Mixed Pairs competition

Paul and Andrea Gallager won the Bexley Mixed Pairs competition

25th August             Eltham Competition in aid of Cancer Research

The Orpington team: Andrea Gallagher, Pat Pillow, John Ouzman and Paul Gallagher won the fours competition.  The £100 prize money was donated to the charity.

23 August                End-to-End

The ladies North West Kent team beat the men in the annual end-to-end match


29 June        Deaf Bowls England

Paul was selected to play for Deaf Bowls England in the Home Nations match, gaining his national badge and first international cap.

19 May                 Royal Household Match

As part of our 90 year anniversary celebration we sent a team to play the Royal Household at Windsor Castle.  One of the highlights of the afternoon was to see Prince Harry jog past while we were playing.

April                National Deaf Triples

 Paul was a member of the winning team

Bromley Outdoor Indoor League (BOIL)

Orpington were runners up in the BOIL, a league played indoors over winter by outdoor clubs.  Orpington ended the season on exactly the same points as Knockholt, but shot difference meant that we finished in 2nd place.



21 Sept                 The 2018 Aggregate Winner


Paul Gallagher receiving the winners cup for the Friday afternoon Aggregate Competition from Alan Pollard. Thanks were extended by everyone present, to Alan (and his lovely tea lady Val) for all their good work here. There have been goodly numbers of bowlers attending each week marking a very successful series


16 Sept                Beckenham, Bromley & District Bowling Association


Congratulations to John Ouzman on winning the  BBDBA Champion of Champions singles competition

and to: Maureen Jordan, Brian Flagg, Andrea and Paul Gallagher

On winning the Fours competition in an exciting match that ended with them three shots ahead after being on even scores going into the final end

11 August                Holmesdale Ladies Invitation

Our two teams came 1st and 2nd which I don’t think any other club has managed in these events the last time we won this was in 2009.   These events are attended by about 30 different teams

1st place winning team: Pat Pillow, Andrea Gallagher, Chris Parums

2nd place: Mo Jordan, Jill Bird, Sue Hitchcock

18 August                 Knockholt invitation        

Congratulations to Mo Jordan, Sue Hitchcock and Jane McHugh

on winning the Knockholt invitation competition

18 August                 ORPET trophy

Congratulations to Orpington men on winning the ORPET trophy for another year

6 May                 Hot Shots

Congratulations to Paul Gallagher, Sheila Magni, Roger Wheatley and skipper Harry Lewis on getting the magical eight points in one end during the match at Kingfishers.




10 October         North West Kent Leagues        

Both the Ladies & Mens NWK teams were awarded runner-up trophies in 2nd division of the NWK league. The presentations were made at the NWK AGM held at BIBC on Tuesday 10th October.  Pat Pillow received the Ladies one and John Ouzman on behalf of the Men.

Well done all who played in the NWK  during the 2017 season.

24 Sept                The Brian Dickensen Memorial Trophy – Langley

The event on Sunday was the annual Langley invitation. About 30 teams entered. It’s a brilliant day where each team plays 5 games of 6 ends and points are allocated for number of ends won plus overall score. Orpington had another team comprising the Wheatley’s and Whitehead’s. Both teams were joint runners up but my team was awarded the prize due to having 1 shot more. We got £50.  I played in this event with John Ouzman in 2014 and won the trophy and £100. Considering the strength and variety of teams on the day I think we did the Club proud.  The day finished with a really nice meal followed by the presentations. Of course, like any other event, the weather plays an important part and Sunday was glorious.

Brian Flagg


6th Sept        Whitstable Match 2017


We had our first visit to Whitstable on Wednesday, they were very hospitable and we all enjoyed our time there.

It is hoped that this will be the first of many annual visits

August        ORPET trophy


15th July         Kings Triples

Congratulations to Mo, Jill and Sue on winning the Kings Triples competition

10th April         Update on the preparation of PETANQUE/BOULE court

The new Petanque/Boule court is ready.  Harry Lewis’s team of sturdy men at arms took time off from their morning work of preparing the Bowls Ground for the forthcoming season this week to put finishing touches to the new Boulle area at the club.


March         Congratulations to the juniors on winning the Invicta Cup

6 February         Petanque/Boules

Work commenced on the new venture to have a Petanque/Boules facility at the club. A keen group of members turned up on Monday morning 6th February to make a start on the Court. There was of course considerable discussion and free advice on what should be done. Nevertheless, Harry Lewis ably supported by everyone; steered the work party to a very satisfactory start.

Despite appearances we did not all stand around watching Paul do all the work.