Summer Season 2020

The Green is open and rinks are now booked online in advance of play. Guidelines  for social distancing, sterilisation etc. are in force, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Equipment and other requirements are all available in the cabin on the Green.

Ballots (12 ends, with teams made up from those who sign up on the App) take place at 5.30 pm on Mondays and Fridays. A roll-up is being arranged for Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am, again for members who sign up in advance.

Club competitions are now starting. The draw for Men’s knockout matches is available from the Competitions page and similar details will be shown shortly for Ladies competitions. We hope to arrange some friendly matches against other local clubs in due course.

New bowlers can arrange for advice and coaching via our Club contacts.

Opening The Green!

Hi All

Good news at last!!!!
We are now able to bowl again – I am due to have a meeting with the council next week to discuss risk assessment in relation to the clubhouse. However we are now able to bowl as we have all necessary equipment in the cabin.
As I am sure you appreciate there are some strict guidelines to adhere to and detailed guidelines are are on the link below which I would ask you to study. I would highlight that you must consider your own health before coming to the green and that you must book a rink on-line before bowling. Many of you have now registered with the new on-line booking system and will remain open this weekend for you to familiarise yourself with this, Tom will be happy to assist anyone who is not sure of how it operates.
Anyone wishing to use the green tomorrow (Sunday 28th June) should call Tom to book the rink as the on-line system will be only available for practicing how to use it.
Access to the green and cabin is available with keys that are now in the Key safe which is hidden on the back of the clubhouse the other side of the large box which houses the controls for the watering systems. Gloves will be provided next to it.
We will start the ballots from Friday 3rd July and will start at 5.30, again names have to be entered on line – there is facility for 12 names and Alan Darke will organise the rinks etc when you get there. If you book a place and subsequently can’t make it please remember to cancel on-line and let Alan know.
There will doubtless be changes over the coming days/weeks and I will be in touch as and when.
Once we get used to the new arrangements I hope that we can run our club competitions and news to follow in due course. We will also be looking at the possibility of some local friendly matches.
If you are unsure about anything please feel free to contact me
Chris Jones

Bowls England News: Reopening of Bowling Greens

Hi All

Hope you are all continuing to soldier through these unprecedented times in good health?
Many of you are aware that the activity guidelines are being relaxed and from today many sports may commence including bowls. But before you rush down there we must wait for Bowls England to formulate their guidelines as mentioned in email below as to how we can safely play, and for the board to consider how we can operate on a social distancing basis. It might even be necessary to introduce an online rink booking facility?
Furthermore we are reliant on the Council to open the green and clubhouse and provide us with their rules of operation. I have contacted the Council and now await their advice.
The green was cut yesterday for the first time in over 2 weeks and as of yesterday the plan was to now cut once a week, hopefully this may change once we are able to bowl again. However Tony is asthmatic and is signed off for 12 weeks (4 more).
I hope to be in touch again soon with developments.
Have a read of the email below
Fingers crossedCrossed fingers

Chris Jones
News release – Tuesday 12th May 2020
Note to County Administrators: Please circulate widely

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Sunday night that lockdown restrictions would be eased in relation to physical activity and that some outdoor areas, including bowling greens, would be allowed to reopen from Wednesday 13th May.
This announcement, and the subsequent release of more detailed guidance yesterday, has led to a fresh influx of enquiries from Clubs, County Associations and individual members regarding what this will mean for our sport.
Bowls England, and many other national sporting bodies, are still digesting the various documents and awaiting direction from the Government on a range of issues that is expected to include, but not be limited to, the use of toilets, changing rooms and other facilities. As soon as this information is available, we will provide this to you at the earliest opportunity.
Whilst our aim is to expedite the safe resumption of our sport, I am sure you will understand that this is a complex situation and requires due consideration.  We are currently developing some bowls specific guidance, which will assist with many of the practical issues that will need to be considered by Clubs and players. Additionally, a number of Clubs have already shared with us some of their own ideas for restarting locally, and we shall seek to incorporate these within the guidance document. This will be shared in the coming days. We will also be analysing the response to our recent Club Survey in order to determine the priorities for our members over the coming months.
In the meantime, we would recommend you digest the guidance from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) detailed below. Many Clubs may feel that they have taken all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club reopening, whereas others may wish to wait. Similarly, whilst many players are clearly keen to get back on the green, others may choose not to do so immediately. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to enjoy our sport once more, and we hope that guidance we will be issuing will support you do to this safely.
DCMS – Key Messages:
1.      We are increasing people’s access to local, outdoor physical activity for the purpose of wellbeing
2.      People will only be able to use these facilities:
a.      By themselves OR
b.      With people from their own household OR
c.      with one other person from outside their household (as long as they stay two metres apart)
3.      You can only exercise in groups of no more than two, unless you are exclusively with members of your household. This means that you cannot have five people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing sport together. You can have two people, from two different households, as long as they are staying two metres apart.
4.      It is for individual Clubs and organisations to develop their own guidance on reopening, to best fit their own situation, in line with the Government’s advice.
DCMS – Q and A:
What has been announced?
The Government has announced that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. You must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising with your household. Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen from Wednesday 13th May 2020 if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with this and related public health guidance. Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.
What can I do?
All outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted, without time limit, with the exception of swimming in an open-air swimming pool. All must be done alone with members of your household or, providing you are following social distancing guidelines, with one person from outside your household.
What sort of facilities are reopening?
Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen, including outdoor bowling greens.
When will these open?
Facilities will be allowed to open from Wednesday 13th May. Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, must make their own decision about when their facilities are ready. The Government will be publishing high level guidance for sports and venues to help them think about preparations shortly. [Bowls England will be issuing a bowls specific guidance document].
Can I share equipment?
Yes, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.
Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer

Bowling This Year – 2020

Around this time of the year I am normally emailing you all with details of when the green opens and arrangements for cleaning day etc and welcoming our new members. The last week has seen a massive development with COVID 19 and directions issued by both County and National governing bodies not to mention the Government!

If any of you have been past the clubhouse you will have seen a poster fixed to it stating  “THIS FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE” This was put up by the Council last week and I have subsequently been liasing with the other 3 clubs that Epsom & Ewell look after to formulate the best approach to them in an endeavour to obtain a reduction in our annual fee which forms the majority of our annual expenditure. With the other clubs  agreement I wrote to the Council on our joint behalf seeking how they envisaged this would impact on us and confirmation that they will be adjusting fees in light of our inability to use the facility. Obviously if they are prepared to reduce the fees this will be influenced by the time we are unable to bowl.

County and National Competitions for 2020 have been cancelled and entry fees will be refunded in due course. The Sutton & Epsom league has been cancelled and at this stage no matches will be played until the all clear is given. I am hoping that the green will in some way be maintained and our group of men continue to sweep the green (on their own) so that should we be allowed to bowl later in the season it will be ready for us.

Many of us fall into the vulnerable category and I expect they are already self isolating. This  is going to take us to the middle of the season at the very best, and I would be very surprised if we actually bowl outdoors this year but fingers crossed.

As things develop I will be in touch again but in the meantime please look after yourselves and if anyone needs any assistance please ask.

Chris Jones

Vilamoura – Week Ending 15th September

Hi All,

Below is the final table for the Vilamoura Mixed Triples League your information.


A very close finish and congratulations to Croydon, the 2019 Champions.

I would like to say thank you to all of you who supported me and played matches this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to count on your support in 2020, all being well. I should add that there will be a match fee (to be confirmed at the AGM) next year, otherwise our taking part in the Vilamoura  MTL actually loses money for the club.


Best wishes

Peter D

Open Day on Sunday 5th May

Epsom Park Bowling Club has an Open Day on Sunday 5th May between 10:30 and 12:30. Please visit the club in Alexandra Park, Epsom to find out more about bowling. An instructor will be available to give a free session. Experienced players and beginners are welcome. Flat shoes or trainers are required to walk on the bowling green.


Poster 2019 May



Open Morning on Sat 13th April

Looking forward to Spring? Why not try Lawn Bowls at Epsom Park Bowling Club, in Alexandra Park, Epsom, Surrey?

Meet us for coffee and a chat at The Clubhouse on Saturday 13th April between 10:30 and Midday. Flat shoes or trainers are required for walking on the bowling green.

Please contact us to book a free taster session :-

07716 481762  (text or call)

Poster 2019 A4 Opening 500

Initial Details for Club Events for 2019

Please see the details below for the opening of the club room and the bowling green, also the details of events and matches in April and May.

Club Rooms open at 10.00 am on Monday 8th April; Green opens on Saturday 13th April.


Dress: Above waist / below waist
Y/W: Club shirt (yellow trim) / white
Y/G Club shirt (yellow trim) / grey
O/O: Option – Club or white shirt / white or grey
O/G: Option – Club or white shirt / grey
SC: Smart casual (roll-ups & ballots)
Other: C: Club Event / Internal Competition F: Friendly match
S: Sutton & Epsom League
H: Home match A: Away match

Date Day    Opponents          Type H/A R/T Sex Time Dress 
13 Apr  Sat Green Opens - Roll up  C H 6R MX 2.30 SC 
26 Apr  Fri Mens Capt. v Vice Capt.  C H 3R M 5.00 O/G 
27 Apr  Sat Purley  F H 3R MX 2.30 Y/W 
28 Apr  Sun Pippbrook  F H 4T MX 2.30 Y/W 
1 May  Wed Bookham  F A 4T MX 2.30 Y/W 
2 May  Thur Cheam Fields  F A 2T L 2.30 Y/W 
4 May  Sat Malden Manor  S A 3R M 2.30 Y/W 
5 May  Sun OPEN DAY  C H - - 10.30 SC 
6 May  Mon Drive  C H 6R MX 2.30 O/O 
9 May  Thur Cheam Ladies  F A 2T L 2.30 Y/W 
12 May  Sun Malden Manor S H 3R M 2.30 Y/W 
15 May  Wed Chessington  F H 3T MX 2.30 Y/W 
16 May  Thur Oxshott  F H 2T L 2.30 Y/W 
18 May  Sat Ewell Village  S A 3R M 2.30 Y/W 
19 May  Sun Carshalton Beeches  S H 3R M 2.30 Y/W 
23 May  Thur Sutton Common  F H 4T MX 2.30 Y/G 
25 May  Sat Sutton  S A 3R M 2.30 Y/W 
26 May  Sun East Horsley  F H 3T MX 2.30 Y/W 
27 May  Mon Drive  C H 6R MX 2.30 O/O 
30 May  Thur Carshalton  F H 2T L 2.30 Y/W


Dress: Above waist / below waist 
Y/W: Club shirt (yellow trim) / white 
Y/G Club shirt (yellow trim) / grey 
O/O: Option - Club or white shirt / white or grey 
O/G: Option - Club or white shirt / grey 
SC: Smart casual (roll-ups & ballots) 
Other: C: Club Event / Internal Competition F: Friendly match 
S: Sutton & Epsom League 
H: Home match A: Away match


Beetle Drive on Friday 22nd March

Dear Members

We have our annual Beetle Drive taking place on Friday the 22 March at Epsom Bowls Club Worple Road, 7 – 7.30pm start.

Janet and Tim will be in charge of the Beetle drive as usual.

There will be a two course hot meal cooked for us on this occasion by Joanna.
Menu –
  • Mains  –   Stuffed Chicken thigh wrapped in bacon served with a vegetable sauce accompanied with  potatoes and veg.  Gluten and dairy free.

  • Dessert – Lemon Meringue pie  or Stewed Plums and custard.
To help Joanna can you please let me know your dessert choice please.
  • Cost £8 payable on the night. 
I have quite a few names on the list that went round at the Quiz,( if those on the list can indicate their dessert choice please and let me know).  For those who were not there or undecided at that time let me know if you would like to attend.   Deadline Sunday for names/numbers is Sunday 17th March.
For anyone who has not attended before it is good noisy fun and you should try it.
Many thanks

Bowls Social Bingo

A reminder that we have our Social Bingo evening in just 2 weeks on Friday 11th January at the Clubhouse starting at 7.30 pm.

David has volunteered to do his bacon rolls for supper. 🍔There will also be some alternative sandwiches for those who neither want or like bacon, and cakes to follow.
Cost is £5 payable on the night, Jean will be at the door to take your money. This will include a glass of wine/juice and tea/coffee.
For those who don’t know our Bingo is quite low tech. Just a board, a bag of balls and Roy. It is good fun and cosy. We will have to limit it to maximum of 30 people as we cannot fit anymore in the club room.
However we will need to know numbers for food and space so let me know by E-Mail or telephone if you would like to come by the latest end of Wednesday 9th Jan.
Family and friends are all welcome.    Roy will also be drawing the January Lottery winning numbers at the start of the evening.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Barbara Hubble
bingo balls and cards on glowing abstract background