Pewsey Vale Bowls Club

PEWSEY VALE Centenary Press Release

Pewsey Vale Bowls Club is celebrating its Centenary Year with a packed programme of special matches and social events. The club was first formed in 1923 with just three rinks, situated behind the Greyhound Public House in the centre of the village. This is why a greyhound is the club emblem. In 1953 the club moved to the present site with a private clubhouse, where there are six rinks which are considered to be amongst the finest in Wiltshire. The club now has a membership of over 100 ranging from 12 to over 90 years of age.

During the centenary season, which runs from mid-April until the end of September, the club is hosting a number of one-off celebratory matches against Bowls Wiltshire, Friends of English Bowling, Barbarians Bowling Association, Salisbury & District League and Swindon & District League; furthermore, the club has secured a highly prestigious fixture against a team from Bowls England on Thursday 18 May 2023.

In addition to the celebration matches, there is a very busy fixtures list of club, county and national matches. The men’s team is flying high, having been promoted to the top division in the Wilts 4 rink at the end of last season. The ladies team plays in the local league and has high hopes of surpassing last year’s very promising results. For those members who want to play in a less competitive environment the club organises ‘roll-ups’ on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons. These highly popular events enable our members to play in the traditional Pewsey friendly manner and enjoy a social drink afterwards should they wish. There is also an exciting programme of social activities, which run throughout the year alongside the bowling.

The green opens for play at 10.30 on Saturday 15 April. Experienced bowlers or those who would like to play the sport for the first time are very welcome to come along on that day, meet members of the club and try out the green. In addition, the club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 27 May 2023 from 10.30-16.30, which is another opportunity for potential members to come and experience what Pewsey Vale Bowls Club has to offer.

The club is extremely grateful for the generosity of all our Centenary sponsors who can be found on our sponsors page.




Centenary Celebrations for PVBC 1923 to 2023

Our Club has a very exciting year coming up with the opening of the new season mid-April.  The Club was formed in 1923 at a local pub, called the Greyhound (sadly no longer in existence).  The Heritage Centre in Pewsey is putting together an exhibition of the history of the Club, so please come along and take a look.  

We have a number of centenary events during the season with games against Bowls England, Bowls Wilts and the Barbarians to name a few: further details will be announced soon.  We have also been fortunate to receive some very welcome funding from our Centenary Sponsors including ‘The Reg’ and Redrow, and we will be proudly displaying a full list of our sponsors in the very near future.

Watch this space for more information or please enquire at the club.

New Club Officers for 2022 – 2023

Following our AGM on 21st October we now have a plethora of new officers for Pewsey Vale Bowls Club.  New year and fresh ideas for our club and membership.  We said a fond farewell to Don Andrews B.E.M. who has been our President for 12 years, and welcomed in our new President, Trish Jarrett, who is well known amongst S&D and Wilts clubs.  The first lady President in our history and quite fitting for our 100th Year as a bowling club. (Pictures on our Photo Album in the  Club Gallery)

Save the Children Soup Lunch

Saturday 15th October saw the Save the Children group at the Clubhouse for a charity event in aid of the  Pakistan Disaster fund.  Nice message from the organiser Jennifer:
‘Please  convey to the Bowls Club Committee our appreciation for use of your brilliant clubhouse for our Soup Lunch for Save the Children. We are very grateful.
We had very good support and raised £535 for work in the flooded areas of Pakistan.’
Happy to help Jennifer!

Pewsey have a cracking end to the season

Our 2022 season ends shortly with all teams having acquitted themselves well.  Our men won the Herbie Turner Competition against stiff opposition, and came top of the Wilts League Division Two (South); the Reds team were pipped at the post by just two points to come second in the S&D league and Blues Team came 5th, whilst our ladies had a tough year putting together a full triple of the S&D but won 4 games.  A great season all in all.  Well done Pewsey Bowls Club!

Robin Hendry Trophy

Saturday 6th August saw the annual event between Devizes and Pewsey for the Robin Hendry Cup.  Robin was a well loved member of both clubs over the years and his son and daughter gave a trophy for an annual game between the two clubs.  Pewsey won the cup last year and after a good battle and a close game on 6 rinks in some strong sunshine Pewsey retained the cup by 8 points.  It was a lovely event, played in good spirits followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea, a raffle and a fun game of ‘Heads and Tails’.  Thank you Devizes for your company.  See you next year!  Photos on our gallery page.

Praise for Pewsey Vale Bowls Club

We work hard to make visitors and new members feel welcome to our club, and the effort we put into our green seems to be very much appreciated.

Lovely comments from one of our temporary members who is on his travels from Canada.  

“Just a quick thank you for my very enjoyable introduction to Bowls and the opportunity to play with such a friendly and helpful group of great people. I hope to continue playing wherever I go and will no doubt judge all other clubs by PVBC standards of hospitality and encouragement to novice players. Many Thanks. Michael Mc”. Come back any time Michael!

And a great Google review from Sue B after we hosted Coronation Triples:

“Lovely club with a very well kept green and really welcoming people”

Coronation Triples 2022

The ladies of Wiltshire (18 teams of 3) had a great day bowling in the Coronation Triples on 20th July 2022. This is a county wide tournament with host locations in Wroughton, Marlborough and Pewsey. Our ladies all played in Marlborough, though Angie Head gamely stepped up as a substitute for the Masonic ladies.

The weather held out and the ladies were very complementary about our hospitality, catering and green.

Thanks to all who helped on the day, you know who you are! Pictures on our Photo Page.