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Notice re internal competitions



In order to help with the problem some competitors are facing in arranging their winter competition matches we have changed two of the “play by” dates:

  • The matches scheduled to be played by 31st January can now be played anytime up to and including 10th February

  • The matches scheduled to be played by 28th February can now be played anytime up to and including 7th March.

The problem with rink availability is chiefly centred on January and at this stage we do not believe there is a need to change the 31st March play-by date.

The dates of the Finals remain the same.

Although there is now extra time available for match completion we strongly urge competitors to arrange their games as quickly as practicable.

If you have to cancel a rink booking please do so as quickly as possible so that other competitors can use it.

Jennifer Browne & Steve Wilson

Competition Secretaries


Dorset Mens 60+ League, Moonfleet B v Dolphin IOP

This was a cracking match with Pete Drage, Peter Anthony and Terry Errington on rink 4 and Dave Clegg, Dave Grantham and Mal Smith on rink 3.

Mal Smith’s team kept it close at the start then on end 4 IOP had a mare and Moonfleet scored a 6! Steady progress after that saw Moonfleet leading by 12-4 after 7 ends. Both Dave’s bowling really well to keep the oppositions leads under pressure. Then the rot set it in, losing the next 4 ends the score was back to 12-12 on end 11. Come on Moonfleet, concentrate! Next end 3 to us, then 2 to them, then 3 to us, then 3 to them, 18-17 after 15 ends. Too close for comfort. Ends 16 and 17 saw some inspired bowling from Mal Smith but only scoring a single each time. 20-17 to us going into the final end. Before the skips bowled IOP were holding 2. First bowl from Mal took the jack and gave us 4, whew, two more bowls right on the jack and Terry Buck doing his best to spoil it gave us a 6 on the last end. 26-17 was the final score on a thrilling (if you were Moonfleet) match.

On rink 4 Terry’s team made heavy weather of it in a topsy turvy game. Leading after the first 5 ends, losing by a margin after 10 ends and then fighting back to make it a very close finish, just losing out by one wood 16-17.

An overall 4 points to 2 for Moonfleet and a good win against a strong team.


Dorset Mens 60+ League, Moonfleet B v Dorchester B

Played on Monday 10th December this turned out to be a great game, on rink 3 Richard Caseley, Pete Drage and skip Mal Smith had a steady start matched all the way by the Dorchester team but then a poor end by us gave away a 4 to give Dorch a bit of breathing space. After end 9 it was 9-13 to Dorchester. Then it seemed to turn around and bit by bit Moonfleet etched away at the lead to be 16-13 up going into the final end, it looked iffy at one stage but a fine bowl from Pete Drage put us only one down which was enough, Mal Smith then gave us the lead by one with another good bowl. Dorchester skip was under instructions from his no.2 to fire! He did, hit our bowl which put the jack in the ditch and gave us a 4! Thanks Ted. Overall a good win of 20-13 and 2 points on the board.

On rink 4 the team of Dave Grantham, Pat Holmes and skip Brian Miller had a tough day. They started out by just edging Dorchester into second place but they wouldn’t give and fought back to lead going into the final 3 ends. But some dogged play and a bit of luck gave Moonfleet the lead going into the final end and with a final flourish victory was secured. End result, 16-12 to Moonfleet, 36-25 overall and 6 points in the bag!


Dorset Mens 60+ League, Moonfleet B v Moonfleet C

Rink 3 Had a home side of Dave Grantham, Richard Caseley and Terry Errington take on the selected might of Tony Colton, Ian Marshall and Tim Munro as skip. This was a close run affair up to end 11 when the score was locked at 9-9 then 5 winning ends with only a single in reply saw Moonfleet C take a pretty much unassailable lead of 17-10 going in to the last end. Hold on a mo, some very good bowling saw the Monnfleet B side holding 4 on the last end but they were unable to convert it into a 7 so they went down 17-14.

On the other rink the lightweight Dave Blackmore, Dave Clegg and Mal Smith took on a formidable looking Moonfleet C side of Harry Hovenden, Colin Chatburn and Howard King. There was some excellent bowling going on with Harry as consistent as ever but the 2 Dave’s keeping the ends tight and surprise, surprise Moonfleet B were ahead 8-7 after 9 ends. Then the rot set in, a 3 then a 4 on the next two ends put ‘C’ 14-8 up. Then a trade of 2 each still left ‘B’ in arrears. Then, a 5 by ‘B’ on the 14th end put ‘B’ back into the game only down by 15-16. Unfortunately that was it, 7 points to ‘C’ on the next 3 ends gave them the win 23-17. Overall 6 points to Moonfleet C but a good game for all that.



Moonfleet Ladies A team welcomed Dorchester A in their latest game in the County inter-club league. Jill Poulter, Mairi Mathie, Chris Thompson and skip Linda Bryson had a close first half against the visitors with skip L Hill and by end nine there was only one shot in it, 6 – 5 to Moonfleet. The next six ends, though, belonged to hosts as they kept Dorchester out completely and cranked up the pressure to sit with a 14 – 5 lead by end fourteen. Three ends to the visitors over the last stages, were not enough to stop the Moonfleet quartet playing out with a 15 – 9 victory.

On the other rink the Dorchester rink with skip S Jennings faced Margaret Hooper, Gill Lock, Shirley Bowley and skip Carole Venton who, hungry for victory, had moved into a lead of 10 – 3 after five ends. Although the visitors worked hard to close the gap over the next few ends, the Moonfleet ladies kept up the pressure and refused to be overtaken. With four out of the five final ends going to the hosts, a 22 – 13 victory was in the bag with an overall total of 37 – 22 and all 8 of the league points on offer.


Sweet Revenge for Moonfleet Ladies in Mason Trophy

Having recently been knocked out of the Yetton Trophy by Dorchester, it was revenge time for the Moonfleet Ladies as they stormed to a 45 – 15 victory against Dorchester in the National Mason Trophy.

At home Margaret Hooper, Mairi Mathie, Carole Venton and skip Anne Chislett began as they meant to go on, picking up 5 shots on the very first end followed by 2 on the next. Dorchester with skip Fran Dyer then took up the reins to narrow the Moonfleet advantage to only two shots 9 -7 by the halfway stage. The second half of the game though saw Moonfleet take command and, as Dorchester struggled to make any real impression, the Chislett rink piled on the pressure to play out with a 19 – 10 win.

Over in Dorchester, Chris Rod, Gill Lock, Chris Thompson and skip Margaret Crawford dominated from the start against their local rival rink with skip Hazel Newboult and, by end seven, were 13 – 3 ahead. The hosts only managed to take two more ends and, as the Fleet foursome went from strength to strength, the score had increased to a massive 26 – 5 lead by end fifteen. This, combined with the Moonfleet home rink score, proved too great a total and Dorchester conceded after end fifteen leaving Moonfleet to move into the next round against Bridport next week.


Dolphin v Moonfleet C 12 Nov 18 Dorset 60+ League

Harry Hovenden, Colin Chatburn, and Richard White had a frustrating day at the office, having only scored 3 by the 11th end, dropping an 5 on the 10th on the way. 3-13 down. A mini comeback then occurred scoring 11 in the next 7 ends but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the final score was 14-19 to Dolphin.

On the other rink the team of Ian Marshall, Tim Munro and Howard King had a much better day putting in a consistent performance and leading 20-4 by end 12. A slight hiccup on end 13 dropping a 5 gave Dolphin a bit of a lift but it was not to be for them. Moonfleet winning 27-10. Overall 4 points to Moonfleet and 2 to Dolphin was an excellent result.


Moonfleet Men v Dorchester B 11/11/18

The first match in this encounter in the Wessex B saw Brian Martindil, Phil Emery,Howard King and Richard White lose to Dorchester in a very close tussle. After 4 ends Moonfleet had failed to score but after 7 ends they were winning. Dorchester then to be winning 20-12 after 17 ends then the Fleet scored a 5, a 1 and a 4 to claw it back but they eventually lost 22-24.

On the other rink it was a completely different story with the quartet of Brian Burroughs, Neville Trott, Tim Munro and Jim Hamilton storming the entire match after a slow start, Dorchester were 5 up after the 4th end but that was pretty much it. Highlights of the last 17 ends were a 5 on end 7 and a 7 on the 14th end. Moonfleet finished with an impressive 43- 8 victory.

On the away rinks Pat Rod’s team were beaten 17-21 and Ashley Welsh was victorious with a 21-18 win. Overall a win for Moonfleet.


Moonfleet Ladies v East Dorset Ladies – County Inter-club League – 15 Nov 18


Moonfleet Ladies A entertained East Dorset A in their latest game in the County inter-club league. Chris Rod, Gill Lock, Di Edwards and skip Anne Chislett found themselves up against strong opposition from the visitors’ rink with skip J Griffiths. After five ends the hosts were 8 – 2 behind, but moved up a gear to win four out of the next six ends and narrow the gap to 11 – 9 behind. Although the East Dorset quartet opened the gap further to hold a 15 – 11 lead by end fifteen, the dogged determination of the Fleet foursome meant that they won all three remaining ends and, adding four shots to their total, finished with a 15 – 15 draw.

On the other rink Karen Hofen, Mairi Mathie, Chris Thompson and skip Carole Venton having lost the first two ends against the opposing rink with skip N Mapes, took control and, by end nine, had notched up a 10 – 4 lead. This domination of the game continued as the East Dorset ladies struggled to make any headway and, losing only three more ends during the rest of the game, the Moonfleet rink stormed to an impressive 20 – 8 victory which gave the hosts an overall winning total of 35 – 23 and 7 out of the 8 league points on offer.


Andy Blackwood (right) receives a cheque for £1920 from Jennie Brown of Moonfleet 2000 Indoors Bowls Club.

Moonfleet Members Support Youth Centre

Members of Moonfleet 2000 Indoor Bowls Centre has been raising funds all year and recently presented a cheque for £1920 to STEPS Club for Young People.

STEPS Chairman Andy Blackwood was bowled over to receive the cheque and said he was most grateful to Moonfleet 2000 IBC for their generous support. The bowls club elects a charity annually to benefit from the club’s social activities and for the last playing season, because of all the support it offers for the young people of the town, it voted to support STEPS Club for Young People.

Andy Blackwood said: “Our work is educational, developmental and preventative. At STEPS, we enable young people to develop, to learn and to achieve. We also provide valuable support for young people, which can sometimes be critical in their lives. We are working hard to keep the Club going as a Charity and donations such as this are a tremendous boost. We are very grateful to the members of Moonfleet 2000 IBC for their generous support.”

Jennie Brown for Moonfleet said “We run a number of social activities at the club including dinners, dances and quizzes and the proceeds and collections are shared between the club and our chosen charity. We were pleased to nominate STEPS as our chosen charity because of all the help it gives to the young people of our town at a difficult time in their lives”.

STEPS has been run as an independent charity since September 2016 after Dorset County Council stopped running all of its 22 Youth Centres and is reliant on fundraising and support from the community.



Exeter Shopping Trip

Hi Everybody

Could really do with more people for the Christmas coach trip to
Exeter.  All friends and family welcome.  At the moment we have 15
people going but to keep the price down we need more.  We are aiming
to have to pay around £17 per head compared with the coach companies

Jill Gwilliam



It had been planned to have the minutes etc of the Bowls Committee on the website but this has been deemed to be unadvisable.

 The minutes of the meetings of the Committee are available to be read on the Club Notice Board ( in the entrance foyer). The minutes of the November meeting are now displayed

The next meeting of the committee will be on Wednesday January 16th 2019 .    If you have any matters or complaints that you might wish to bring to the committees attention,  please do so in writing to the club secretary Mike Browne by Friday 11th January.  Leave in the post tray for collection please.


Moonfleet Ladies B v Dorchester Ladies B


Moonfleet B travelled over the hill to take on Dorchester B in their latest Ladies County inter-club league fixture. With four shots on the very first end and winning the next four, Sue Board, Kerry Wilson, Sue Paull and skip Rose Giles were 9 – 0 ahead against the Dorchester rink with skip J Trotman. The hosts did then get off the mark over the next few ends to add 5 shots to their score, but the Moonfleet quartet replied to keep a lead of 14 – 5 by end eleven. Although from this point on the lion’s share of shots went to Dorchester, it was not enough to prevent the visitors claiming a 16 – 13 victory.

On the other rink Mary Dunne, Jo Taylor, Jill Gwilliam and skip Judy Why had a close start against the Dorchester rink with skip K Johns with the scores at 7 – 7 after seven ends. The hosts then took control and three ends later were 13 – 9 ahead, but this was short-lived as the Fleet foursome took the reins and, with the help of a five shot take, they had moved into a 15 – 13 lead by end thirteen. The Dorchester rink then struggled to make any impression, only winning one of the final five ends leaving the Moonfleet ladies with a well-deserved 20 -15 victory, an overall 36 – 28 total and all 8 league points available.


Moonfleet Ladies C v Bridport Ladies B


Moonfleet C entertained Bridport B in this latest Ladies County League fixture. Lyn Wellman, Chrystelle Jones, Jean Lucas and skip Val Spicer had a tough game of changing fortunes against the opposing rink with skip L Walker. Although the Bridport ladies moved into an early lead and were 8 – 2 ahead after six ends, the Moonfleet foursome moved up a gear to narrow the gap to lie just one shot behind by the ninth. Control then passed again to Bridport, but the hosts doggedly continued to fight back and were again just one shot behind 12 – 13 by end fifteen. The final three ends though sealed the match in Bridport’s favour as they added a further six shots to their score to finish with a 19 – 12 win.

On the other rink Gwen Rees, Diana Carteur, Celia Robertson and skip Madge Churches surged into an early lead of 10 – 1 after seven ends against the Bridport quartet with skip B Jenkins. Although the visitors began to rally, a massive seven shot haul on end eleven put the Moonfleet ladies well and truly in the driving seat with a score of 18 – 4. As the remaining ends were pretty evenly shared between the two sides, the Fleet foursome were never under pressure and reached the end of the match with a resounding 24 – 10 victory, and an overall combined total of 36 – 29 to take 6 out of the 8 match points available.


Committee Meeting Agenda for 14 Nov 18

If you want to read the agenda or add anything to the agenda for the committee meeting on Wednesday then follow the link below. Items for the agenda should be addressed to Mike Browne, secretary.

Agenda for the 12 November Meeting


Isle of Purbeck v Moonfleet B in Dorset 60+ League – 8 Nov 18

Moonfleet C v Isle of Purbeck, Dave Clegg, Mal Smith, Dave Grantham, Pat Holmes, Pete Drage, Steve Wilson

Another tough day at the office for Dave Clegg, Dave Grantham and Mal Smith, the scoring was fairly even up until end nine where the score was a creditable 8-8. Then calamity, Moonfleet couldn’t find a way of cutting down a 6 on end ten. Despite trying hard to drag it back the IOP skip kept the Moonfleet scores to 1’s and 2’s. The last 8 ends were shared at 5-5 but this meant that dropping a 6 was the difference between the two teams. Final score 19-13 to IOP.

On the other rink, Pete Drage, Pat Holmes and Steve Wilson put up a much better result. Here it was Steve who kept getting the last bowl into the head saving 4’s and 5’s and scoring a single for Moonfleet. IOP couldn’t believe it, was it just luck! After nine ends  Moonfleet were 2-9 up but just to show that IOP were not to be ignored they scored a 6 dragging the score back to 8-9. IOP then had six blank ends so after end 15 the score was 8-20. A very healthy difference of 12 meant that if they could hang on there would be an overall victory for Moonfleet. Not to be, IOP scored 9 on the last three ends to drag the score back to 17-20. A good win for Moonfleet but disappointment that they had lost the match overall by 3 points.

Final score – Isle of Purbeck 36, Moonfleet B 33. IOP taking league points 4-2.


Moonfleet C v Wellworthy 60+ League – 5 Nov 18

A whopping victory for Moonfleet overall with the team of Mike Legge, Tim Munro and skip Alan Churches, after a slow start with Wellworthy winning after 8 ends 6-8. Moonfleet then turned it on by scoring on all the next 7 ends to be 26-8 up after 15 ends. Finally finishing 31-9 it was a great result.

On rink 4 Harry, Howard King and Richard White also won their match with a consistent display of bowling winning eleven of the eighteen ends with good scores in most of them limiting the Wellworthy team to a meagre 13 points overall to Moonfleets 25.

Overall score was 56-22 and 6 points to Moonfleet C.


Moonfleet Ladies in Cliffhanger Contest in Yetton Trophy

written by Julie Watts

Moonfleet’s two home and two away rinks had a cliffhanger match against Yeovil in the first round of the National Yetton knock out competition.

The first home rink of Irene Martindill, Jill Poulter, Shirley Bowley and skip Kath Desmond had a tough contest as the Yeovil rink moved into a 13 – 4 lead after eleven ends. Although the Moonfleet foursome were often holding during the final ten ends, the Yeovil ladies managed to get in to win six out of the remaining ends to finish with a 23 – 12 victory.

The other home rink of Margaret Hooper, Mairi Mathie, Carole Venton and skip Anne Chislett found themselves 8 – 0 down after four ends. However, once on the board they quickly got into the driving seat and, by end nine were one shot ahead at 11 – 10. A massive 7 shot haul on the next end followed later by another tremendous 6 shot take saw them surge into a 26 – 15 lead. With five ends to go the Yeovil ladies were kept completely out of the game as the Fleet foursome piled on the pressure to finish with a fantastic 36 – 15 total.

Away in Yeovil Monique Gandy, Gill Lock, Chris Thompson and skip Margaret Crawford had a close game with the scores equal after eight ends at 7 – 7 and again level 11 – 11 five ends later. By end eighteen with three ends to go, the Moonfleet ladies looked set to win at 19 – 13, but then disaster struck as the Yeovil quartet picked up eleven shots including a six on the penultimate end to claim a 24 – 19 victory.

The other away rink of Mary Dunne, Ruby Spavins, Judy Why and skip Jill Gwilliam had another really close contest. Although the Yeovil rink seemed to be creeping ahead with a lead of 9 – 4 after seven ends, the Moonfleet quartet stuck to their guns and, by end twelve, had drawn level 10 – 10. For the next five ends it was the Weymouth ladies in control until Yeovil drew level 14 – 14 by end eighteen. With the scores again level at 15 – 15 on the penultimate end this incredibly tight game could have gone either way, but the Yeovil rink picked up 2 shots on the last to snatch a 17 – 15 victory.

All the while the amalgamated scores were being phoned through to each club and, although by the eighteenth end Moonfleet looked to be set for a comfortable win, there were in fact only a nail-biting 3 shots in it by the finish with the Weymouth ladies 82 – 79 in front and now going through to meet Dorchester in the next round later in the month.



Ladies Match Reports supplied by Julie Watts


Moonfleet Ladies B team which came top of the Division 2 in the County Inter-Club League last season had their first success in Division 1 when they took on the Bridport A team at home. Julie Watts, Kerry Wilson, Heather Gillingham and skip Rose Giles faced a strong opposing rink with skip A Legg. The visitors took early control of the game and by the halfway stage were 12 – 4 ahead. Even though the hosts were often holding a number of shots, they were denied success and had to settle for a 19 – 10 final defeat.

On the other rink though, the picture was much rosier. Mary Dunne, Sue Board, Rita Payne and skip Trixie Dempsey raced into an impressive lead of 17 – 2 after only six ends including one 6 and one 5 shot haul. The Bridport rink with skip M Clapp really struggled to make any real headway and the Fleet ladies just continued to pile on the pressure. Another splendid 5 shot take on end fifteen gave the hosts a massive 33 – 17 victory and an overall 43 – 36 win to pick up 6 of the 8 league points available.


Moonfleet Ladies C team enjoyed double success when they entertained Bournemouth Ladies B in this second Ladies County Inter-Club League fixture of the season. Pam Jones, Lyn Wellman, Jean Lucas and skip Sheila Escott got off to a flying start with a five shot haul on the very first end and, with five more shots under their belts, the home side were 10 – 0 ahead by the fifth end. Although the visiting rink with skip M Bunford began to creep up, a massive six shot take on the twelfth end put the hosts firmly back in the driving seat at 18 – 10. The Bournemouth foursome continued to add to their score over the remaining six ends, but the Moonfleet rink kept their nerve and finished with a win of 21 – 16.

On the other rink Mary Collins, Jennifer Browne, Val Spicer and skip Ann Jones had an even more impressive start picking up ten shots over the first three ends including a 5 and a 4 and, by end seven they were 14 – 3 in front. Again the visitors began to rally and, taking control over the middle part of the game, they had added 12 shots to lie only two shots behind by end fifteen. The Fleet foursome, as on the first rink, kept up the pressure over the final few ends to claim a 20 – 16 victory, an overall 41 – 32 combined total and all 8 of the league points for the match.


Moonfleet Ladies A team travelled to Dorchester for their second game of the season in the Ladies County inter-club league. Gill Lock, Di Edwards, Shirley Bowley and skip Kath Desmond had a superb game against the Dorchester B rink with skip F Dyer. By end seven, the Moonfleet quartet were 10 – 3 ahead and they continued to dominate for the next five ends, upping their lead to 17 – 5. The final six ends saw the Dorchester rink struggling to make any real impact and the Fleet ladies adding a further eleven shots to storm to an impressive 28 – 7 finish.

On the other rink Jill Poulter, Mairi Mathie, Jennie Brown and skip Helen Monelle had to work much harder against the Dorchester rink with skip K Johns. Throughout the first eight ends of the match, Moonfleet were on top and ahead with a 12 – 6 lead, but the hosts gradually crept back and by end fourteen had narrowed the gap to lie just one shot behind. The Weymouth ladies, though, kept their cool and pipped the Dorchester rink to the post with a 20 – 17 win giving an overall 48 – 24 total and all 8 points for the match.


New Season

The final tables for the Summer season are now published, from next week the Winter Tables will be updated and last winters results will be lost to the ether so if want to keep them you can print them off from the site.

Rink fees are to rise to £3.00 per session so make sure you bring enough money with you.

The Bridge afternoon will still be a Friday but now starting at 3.30 after the last 50+ session. We are still recruiting for beginners so if you would like to learn or know somebody that would like to play then please get in touch via Mike or email and we would be delighted to see you, you don’t have to be a member of the club to join in.

Don’t forget the Summer prize giving on October 20th, sign up on the board at the club.


Message from the Club Secretary

The Club Handbook for 2018/9 has now been posted on the website. Unfortunately due to the Data Protection Rules we are no longer able to show private phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the website because it is accessible to all. Your team Captains will have the phone numbers of the Captains of the other teams in your League/Division for use in re-organising games etc. If you require any other members phone numbers these can be obtained from the office.

The new Handbook also does not include the Rules for Club Competitions. This is being rewritten and will be published as a separate booklet shortly and will made be available to all those entering the Club Competitions. It will also be found on the website in due course.

From this month the minutes of the Bowls Club Committee will be posted on the website, These will of course be the approved minutes of the previous month’s meeting but is being put there you keep you all informed of the committees actions and decisions .

If you have any matters or complaints that you would like the Bowls Committee to hear about and consider please do so in writing with your name and club number and leave in an envelope in the members post tray for me to collect so it can be put to the next meeting. All referrals will get a reply via the post tray.

To view the Handbook follow the link here.

Happy Bowling

Mike Browne