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Our opening gala signals the green is open!

2024 Opening Gala Team

What a fabulous opening gala we had! All of us had eagerly awaited the start of another outdoor season. And the familiar sight of bowls gliding gracefully across the meticulous green was truly heartwarming.

Over 40 players participated, with many friends reuniting after a long winter’s break. Bowls raced toward the jack, aiming for that winning shot. But it wasn’t all immediate accuracy—the weight of the green caused some consternation. Those who had played indoors wavered between short and long shots, their enthusiasm sometimes outpacing precision. The ‘rested’ bowlers, eager to dust off their skills, found their rhythm after a few ends. Laughter and camaraderie filled the air as members reconnected, both on the mat and over the post-game buffet.

Our weekend and midweek friendly fixtures got off to a good start.  These games against teams from Malmesbury, Cam, Bishops Cleeve, Calne and Chepstow -– familiar names and friendly faces -- are more than contests; they’re sociable gatherings where winning takes a back seat. No pressure, just the joy of playing the game we love.

For those curious readers, we’re out on the green this last weekend of April, in our free open taster sessions. This is your opportunity to explore this gentle, but occasionally competitive sport. Anytime from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday all are welcome, and between noon to 3 pm on Sunday is primarily for juniors. Why not come and feel the weight of the bowls, test your aim, and discover if this sport is for you?

Our calendar is full of activity. In addition to the friendlies, Tetbury Bowls fields teams in the South Cotswold, Corinium, and Stroud Valley Triples leagues against local rival clubs. Our players challenge themselves in county and national competitions. Some even wear Gloucestershire kit, representing our county in friendlies or competitions like the Middle England League.

On the 12th of May, our weekly Sunday morning junior coaching sessions begin at 10 am. Young bowlers, aged 9 to 18, gather to learn the art, rules, and etiquette of the game. It’s a stepping stone—a chance to hone skills before joining in Tetbury’s friendly matches. Visit for more information.

If you’re unable to attend the April open sessions, don’t worry! We have additional events scheduled that might better fit your calendar. We’re hosting two sessions during the Bowls Big Weekend national event. For a taste of lawn bowls and find out how you might benefit from bowls, join us Friday, 24th of May (evening) or Sunday, 26th of May (afternoon). You can find the exact times and other information on our website, 

And mark your calendar for our Annual Corporate Day on June 1st! This exciting tournament is open to non-bowlers and has attracted teams from various clubs, companies, families, and groups of friends. Everyone competes for a delightful hamper of goodies. If you’re interested, we still have a few slots available. Visit our website for more details and contact us to sign up!

Susanne Knaus

Tetbury Bowls Club


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