50 Year Anniversary

Bridport and West Dorset Indoor Bowls Club is celebrating its 50th year - says spokesperson Brian Baker - "we are Dorset's oldest Indoor Club and have a great history of fund raising." Highlights include, a twelve hour marathon bowling session which raised over £1,000. These funds were used to purchase a bowls buggy to enable those, no longer able to stand, to continue to enjoy the sport. That fund raising feat was surpassed by a 24 hour marathon bowling session which raised a whopping £3,360 for the Dorset County Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal.

Like all others clubs, we were badly hit by Covid and lost a lot of members but there has been a dramatic turnaround. Indeed, our neighbours, Dorchester, having over a hundred people attending their last Open Day. Added Baker, "Anyone wishing to have a go please contact Brian on Bridport 425247 to book a date."

Charity Fundraising events raise £700

Bridport Indoor Bowls Club ended the winter season with a charity target bowls competition in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising £128. This was added to the funds raised at the recent charity Quizco event, bringing the total raised to an excellent £700.00. Thirty two players enjoyed a fun competition - with silly hats being a mandatory requirement! 

Kevin Moys, Sue Lawton, Steve White and Mike Fletcher were crowned champions with an impressive final score of two hundred and ten points.

Max Dare Memorial Trophy

Bridport Indoor Bowls Club opened up their Autumn friendly's programme in 2022 with the annual Max Dare Memorial Charity Trophy match against the Dorset County side. The event raised over £300 for the Motor Neurone Trust.

The match swung one way then the other with the three games resulting in a 79 - 79 draw. This left a one rink shoot-out between John Burwood's four from Bridport and the County's Paul Tidby's four to decide the match.

Burwood looked to have played the perfect wood to win it but, agonizingly, it ran two inches too far to leave the County side the victors by one shot.

Mike Smith won the spider and sportingly donated the bottle of whisky for auction which raised an additional £25 for the Charity.


Mike Higman, Mike Smith, Ann Turtell and John Burwood 22.17

Mike Craddock, Mel Griffiths, Brian Rumble and Sue Walsh 19.19

Gordon Lee, Bob Hill, Andy Marsh and Paul Hallett, Alan Wotherspoon and Mike Fletcher 19.24.

National Champions

Bridport Ladies Annie Bowden and Pamela Daters overcame stiff competition to take the "Over 60s National Champions" title in the ladies' pairs earlier this year. The event took place at Nottingham Bowls Club.   Well done ladies!

Charity Bowls Match

Charity bowls match raises £535 for Fortuneswell Cancer Trust