Short Mat Bowls Club
15 Mar 2017 12:28
Upper Beeding Short
Mat Bowls Club belongs to the West Sussex
County Short Mat Bowls Association and plays in
its league as well as the knockout cup.
Currently they have several players in the county’s
representative sides. The club caters for
beginners up to experienced bowlers with new
bowlers given tuition to start them off. The
club also has a social side with them holding a
Christmas Social as well as having an annual
dinner. The cost of membership is £10 per year
with session fees at £2-50.
There are vacancies for new members.
We meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons 2.30 to 4.30pm
and also on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to
9.30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes
early so that the session can be organised.
This is a great sport for people of all ages.
For more information contact Jean Armour-Milne
on 01273 493184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short mat bowls was started as a sport
that could be played in village halls and
community centres. It was started in Upper
Beeding in 1990 by the Village Hall committee
as a means of having a regular booking. Horsham
District Council’s Leisure Link team provided
the equipment and soon a regular group of
players was gathered together . In August 1990
the local Club was formed and purchased its own
The game is played on 45ft mats which are 6ft in
width. The Hall can easily accommodate two mats.
They cost £700 each and the associated equipment
another £200. It is similar to other forms of
bowls except there is a wooden block in the
middle of the mat which, to some extent, stops
players from ‘firing’. Short Mat
Bowls has its own rules which are laid down by
the national body, the ESMBA. Shoes need to be
flat, smooth soled so that the mats are not
affected when players walk on them.