Latest News 2019

Nov 15: The AGM was held at the Alton Bowling Club and was attended by 39 members. The Committee was re-elected en masse, then John Wright was chosen to replace David Bartlett as Hon Secretary. Dave and Ann were presented with engraved wine glasses to celebrate his many years in the post. Cheese and biscuits as refreshments then rounded off the evening. 

Photos, courtesy of Brian Crow, here 2019 Photogallery AGM 

Nov 5: Linda has prepared a table of all the external competitions which club members can enter. The Ladies have picked their choices, now it's up to the men to get cracking. See the chart under External Competitions 2020, or click the link External Competitions 2020

The Annual General Meeting has been arranged for Friday, 15th November, 7.00pm at the Alton Bowling Club.

Sept 28: Do you know how hard John and his Team work to ensure the Green you play on is one of the best in the area? 

All through the season they spend every Tuesday and Friday fertilising, mowing, rolling and edging the grass.Today they spent several back-breaking hours clearing grass and soil after the contractor went all over with a hollow tine aerator. This allows more air and hydration into the soil by removing small plugs of earth from the surface of the lawn - it looked like a ploughed field before they took a massive 26 bags to the tip.

The work continues all through the winter - and don't forget the work done by gardeners and the hedgers, the captains, the cleaners, the bar staff, the caterers, the committee and the supporters. To everyone who helps in any way, a BIG THANKYOU.

Photos of Saturday's hollow tine work courtesy of Brian 2019 Photogallery - A Hard Day's Work

Sept 2: To top off the season, Terri has beaten Anita Christian at Cove today to win the NHWBA Dolly Anstey  competition. Very well done!

Aug 31: John, Paul, David and Bernard played in the BDBA Pairs final this morning, ensuring an ABC win. In fact, David and John were the victors in a game, watched by many Alton supporters and in ideal bowling weather.


Aug 24: Club Finals Day was well attended by members who supported the finalists. Photos here 2019 Photogallery - Club Finalists             

The winners were:

    Ladies' Singles : Diana Wadlow                                                                                                               

    Men's Singles : Paul Schofield

    Drawn Pairs : Andy Paine & John Wadlow

    2-Wood Singles : David Sims

Well done all!

July 30: Both pairs, Paul, Bernard, David & John, played tonight and won through to the BDBA semi-finals on 20th August. Paul’s pair plays Chris Beadle of Old Basing and John’s pair plays Sean Lassman of Oakley.

July 29: The ladies have done it again! Mary Wright’s Four narrowly beat St.Mary Bourne by 1 shot on the last end and now go to Fleet United on the 22nd August for the semi-finals of the NHWBA. Photo here 2019 Photogallery - NHWBA semi-finalists

July 28: President’s Day - As usual, a fantastic day with a turnout of about 60 members. The spider was won by Frank and the spoon drive by Robin. The food was yummy and the weather was kind to us this year. Well done, Bernard and Linda. Photos here 2019 Photogallery - President's Day

July 19: It’s the ladies turn - Mary Wright’s Four (with Geraldine Dockrell, Tracy Bird & Katherine Philipson) won their first round in the NHWBA at Farnborough Gate this evening, and now play either St Mary Bourne or Cove in the 2nd round

July 14: More sucess !! Alton men beat Old Basing at Howard Park this morning in he semi-finals of the Hants & Berks Cup. They now play Basingstoke Town at Basingstoke Town in the Final on 11th August.

July 13: John Wadlow beat Andy Stillings of Kingsclere in the BDBA men's singles and now goes on to play Andy's dad or Ric Newson in the 4th round.

June 30: A good day for ABC - we won the Hants & Berks 3:0 against Whitchurch in the morning, we won in the Friendly with Alton Social 3:0 and to top it all, our County Men’s Fours at Banister Park won their quarter-final in the morning, then went on to win their semi-final in the afternoon, so are now OFF TO LEAMINGTON !!!

June 24: John Blair, Bernard Abate, Paul Schofield and David Sims won the North Area County Fours tonight and now go on to the quarter finals at Banister Park on Sunday June 30 at 10am. We all wish them the best of luck!

June 23: ABC has won again against Oakley in the County Mixed Top Club, 3:2, this evening.

June 22: David Quick of Liss Archaeology launched his drone from the Club on Friday to map the part of the Public Gardens which will be used for the Alton Big Dig in July. At the same time, he kindly took a couple of aerial photos of ABC and these can be seen here 2019 Photogallery - Aerial Photos

June 21: Lots of Club competitions were played today - check out the progress here 2019 Open 2-Wood Singles

June 20: Alton BC beat Alton Social tonight in the National Men’s Top Club and go on to play either Oakley or Cove in the 4th round.

June 18: Both the pairs of Dave Sims & John Blair and Paul Schofield & Bernard Abate won against the two Oakley pairs in the BDBA competitions.

June 16: Well, the lads have done it again, beating Pyestock this morning in the National Two Fours. They now have to play either Basingstoke Town or Cove in a home match.

June 11: Dave Sim’s four beat Dave Atwell’s Alton Social four in the Nationals, while Paul Schofield’s Triple beat Oakley in the County match.

June 10: Photos from the Dolly Anstey are now up on the website 2019 Photogallery - Dolly Anstey NHWBA Competition  Thank goodness we didn't have all today's rain then!

June 2: Another win for ABC, this time 4:1 in the County Mixed Top Club against Cove and they now go on to play Oakley.

June 1: ABC had a very excellent day, in that the lads won their Two Fours at Kingsclere 44:28 and now play Pyestock. The ladies hosted the NHWBA Dolly Anstey 2-wood Singles competition. Norma got through to the semifinals and Terri has won through to the Final, to be played at Cove in September. A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes to make the day successful, well done to all.

May 30: Norma and Diane won their Golden Girls match against Fleet Social this afternoon, but Pam and Katherine lost to Yateley by one shot on an extra end!

The Three Counties President’s Cup round 1 will be played at Farnham on Monday 10th June - postponed due to bad weather.

May 25: The men won their National Top Club match this evening against the Cove B team. Well done!

May 22: Terri and Nicky won their County pairs against Freda and Pat from Pyestock this evening - on the last end! Well played ladies.They now go on to play J Allen of Cove.

May 21: The two pairs teams in the County competitions won their matches last night.

May 19: David continues his winning streak by beating Alan Shelley of Cove (21:19) in the National Senior Singles this morning, and then Spencer Kerley of Oakley (15:9) in the County 2-wood Singles this afternoon.

May 17: David Sims tonight won his County 4-wood singles - well done! He plays his 2-woods on Sunday. Meanwhile Paul’s Triples team has won through to the next round, so things are looking good for the men.

May 14: David Sims has won his first round match in the National Senior Singles and goes on to play Alan Shelley from Cove in round 2.

May 13: John Wadlow won his National singles match against Ben Levy of Yateley, pulling back from 13:18, to win 21:18. He now plays either Chris Cranham from Cove or David Fox from Liphook.

May 11: And their success continued this morning with a narrow win (1shot) over Andover in the Hants & Berks Cup. Well done everybody, especially Peter Tarbutt, who put the winning bowl in.

May 10: Another win, 3:2, for the lads tonight when they played Aldershot Traction in the National Top Club. They now go on to meet Cove B at home in the next round. Very well done!

May 9: Our lads had a narrow win (3 shots) in the National Two Fours this evening at Yateley and now go on to play Kingsclere in the next round.

May 7: John Wadlow has given the individual competitions a kick start by winning his Three Counties singles match against Naomi Brady of Milford 21:10. He plays Steve Dearlove of Petersfield at home in the next round. Good luck John!

May 5: Good win at Farnborough Gate in the Mixed Top Club. Our team of Paul, Dave, John, Terri, Linda, Norma, Sue, Nicky, Matt Andy and Bernard won 3:2 and go on to play a Home game against Cove.

May 6: Don't forget to come to the Open Day - 12-5pm roll-up - show Alton how it's done and how enjoyable a sport it is!

April 24: Have you seen our newest member, Daisy Duck? She’s nesting in the top left-hand corner, last count 6 eggs. Can you see her in this photo? 2019 Photogallery - DaisyDuck

March 30:  ALTON BOWLING CLUB SKITTLES, SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 at THE JOLLY FARMER, Blacknest, from noon. There was a stupendous turn-out for the first event of the 2019 summer season in our new venue - 46 people came and nearly everyone wanted to take part in the skittles. As we all had 3 lives, the outcome wasn't at all clear before we tucked into our lunches (the President's somehow ended up on the floor, so he had to wait for a fresh-cooked one), but once most of us had been eliminated, it quickly became a close-run thing between John Wright and Brian Crow, with Brian conceding defeat and that "CAT" to John. Grace, Jack and Emily were indefatigable in their jobs as skittles restorers and were rightly rewarded for their diligence with enormous Easter eggs. Tracy wheedled us all to buy raffle tickets with the promise of lots of prizes and she had plenty of help for the tedious task of folding the tickets up for the draw. Altogether, a lovely afternoon and a promising start to the new season. Roll on summer! Photos here 2019 Photogallery - Skittles

March 23: Thanks to all those members (24) who turned up today for the cleaning working party. It was certainly a case of many hands make light work, so no need to turn up tomorrow, any odd remaining jobs can be carried out as and when. A special thanks to those providing cakes and scones - they sweetened the load.

March 22: The draw for the ladies’ NWHBA competitions is on the website 2019 N.H.W.B.A Competitions, as is that for the men’s B&DBA 2019 BDBA Competitions

March: Gents - the draws for the County competitions are also up on their website (see below)

Jan 29: Ladies - the draws for the County competitions are up on the Hampshire Bowls website,

 - see your names up in print!