Kingston Short Mat Bowls Club

Bowls Contacts: Peter Hanford Tel: 01548 810606.

Short-mat bowls is played in village halls and community centres throughout the UK. There are many clubs in Devon and the South Hams has a thriving and very active association. There are three divisions in the South Hams League and Kingston is in the 2nd Division.

As it takes place indoors, bowls is played all year round, with League matches being held between October and March. In addition to the League matches, there are various cup competitions, tournaments, etc. we enter. Clubs whose halls are large enough hold tournaments throughout the year and the proceeds are given to charity.

The game takes place on a rink mat, which is a green carpet with a bonded backing. It has maximum and minimum lengths of 45 ft. (13.75m) and 40 ft (12.2m) respectively and its width is 6ft.(1.83m). Placed in the centre of the rink is a wooden block 15 in (380mm) long. This is to prevent the firing shot being used as this would be potentially dangerous in confined spaces.

At Kingston we play in the Reading Room, in the centre of the village, on Mondays and Fridays, commencing at 19.00h. New members are always welcome. There are bowls for you to use. All you have to do is turn up and if you enjoy it you can become a member, which costs £5 p.a. and £1 per evening, including refreshments. Short-mat bowls is a friendly game. Come along and join us.