Dunblane Bowling Club
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Solar panels now installed! See pictures on photo gallery This should be of great benefit to the Club at this time of escalating energy prices. Our grateful thanks to Galen Milne, Gerry Campbell, Gregor Wightman, Brian Dempster and Forth Electrical Services for making this project possible.
The Club's 200th anniversary was celebrated by club members and invited guests with an afternoon of bowling followed by a dinner for all attending. our grateful thanks to Pat Philpot and Adam McQue for their organisation of the day.
See pictures on the photo gallery page
3 January 2022
The Club has learned with regret of the recent death of former member Jim Brown. Our thoughts and condolences are with Jim's wife Jan and their family.
20 November 2021
It is with sadness that the Club has learned of the recent death, following a short illness, of our honorary member Sandy Provan.
Sandy served two terms as Club President, in 2009 and 2012.
The funeral service for Sandy will be held at Stirling Crematorium on Thursday 2nd December at 3pm, and the family extend a welcome to any friends who would care to attend the service.
Our condolences go out to Sandy's wife Kate and the family.
16 October 2021
Prize-giving evening held in clubhouse. Congratulations to all prize-winners. See pictures on photo gallery page.
27 September 2021
It is with sadness that the Club has learned of the death earlier today of Mick McInally, a former member and Club President in 1979. Our sympathy goes out to his two daughters and their families.
4 September 2021
The closing day of the West Perthshire Bowling Association was held today at Dunblane. After a series of round-robin ties, the winning teams played off against each other in a final - and it turned out that Doune 1 played Doune 2. So Doune won!
The Spencer Trophy, played for a few weeks earlier, was presented to Blackford, and received on behalf of the Blackford Club by their youngest member, Millie Collins. (See photo on Picture Gallery page.)
24 August 2021
Despite persistent rain for part of Saturday, and an occasional shower on Sunday, club finals were successfully played last weekend.
Congratulations to all our winners, especially
Carol Thomson who won four of the six competitions she was in, including the ladies’ singles club championship; and also to Ronnie
Wright with a clean sweep of all the gents singles competitions.
Many thanks to Pat Philpot and Charlotte Candlish for organising the weekend, to Jim Paterson for being the ever-present
umpire, and to the team who staffed the bar.
See picture on Photo Gallery page and the list of winners here.
7 August 2021
Winners of the Peter Nairn triples competition, held today, were Charlotte Candlish, John Boland and Connor Jackson. Runners up were Esme Notman, Andy Burn and Les Campbell. Many thanks to the extended Nairn family for organising this very enjoyable day. A photo of the winners is on the photo gallery page.
1 August 2021
Congratulations to Mary Davidson, Margaret Stewart, Esme Notman and Joan Russell who today won the Napier Rosebowl. (Picture on the photo gallery page)
25 July 2021
The Club carpark will be unavailable from 18th August to allow for sewer replacement by Scottish Water. Read more here.
24 July 2021
The Bowser and Wooden Spoon competition was played in sweltering conditions on 23rd July. The Bowser final was between Bill Baird and Gregor Wightman; Bill emerged as winner. The round-robin play-off for the wooden spoon saw John Boland, Ian Candlish and Les Campbell battle it out, with Les coming out on top.
17 July 2021
A team of Dunblane juniors were winners of the Triples Qualifying held at Dunblane today. They now go through to the finals of the last SYBA (Scottish Young Bowlers Association) finals, as Bowl Scotland will be taking over after this season. The venue for the finals will be at Newbridge Bowling Club on Saturday 28th August.
The winning team was Connor Jackson (lead), Reece McBride (second) and Campbell Tully (skip). Well done lads!
See picture on the Photo Gallery page.
10 July 2021
The ladies of the club dominated the mixed four-bowl pairs competition played today under Aussie rules. Of the eight teams who entered it was two pairs of lady members who contested the play-off. Mary Davidson and Esme Notman played Joan Russell and Nanette Clarke with Joan and Nanette emerging as winners from a game of very skilful bowling. See photos on the Photo Gallery page.
19 June 2021
Five pairs competed in the fancy-dress round robin, with prizes sponsored by President Les Campbell. The winners of the tournament were Les Campbell and Stevie Balmer (who both generously re-donated their prizes); second win in a week for Stevie! Fancy dress included pirates, 1960s hippies, barber-shop quartet, and a monster. The prize for the most imaginative fancy dress went by acclaim to Michael Barton; considering the bulk of his costume it's amazing he was able to deliver a bowl! See pictures on the Photo Gallery page.
12 June 2021
Stevie Balmer and Nanette Clarke competed in the final of the singles competition which ran throughout the month of May, with Stevie emerging as victor 21-10. In the semi finals Stevie played against Les Campbell and Nanette against Brian Dempster. See Photo Gallery page.
14 May 2021
Monday evening 'Aggregate' and Friday evening Hat Nite now on - just turn up at 6.45pm and join in.
10 May 2021
Notice the changed view? In preparation for drainage works being carried out by Scottish Water over the summer, all the trees on the banking alongside the dual carriageway have been felled. For 'before and after' pictures, see the photo gallery page.
1 May 2021
The Club is extremely grateful to McIntyre Funeral Services, Dunblane who have, for the second time, sponsored a set of new mats and jacks. Our sincere thanks to Joan Duncanson of McIntyres for the generous gift.
10 April 2021
On an unseasonably chilly day Club Presidents Joan Russell and Les Campbell officially opened the new season by delivering the first bowls. Covid restrictions meant that spectating around the green was not permitted, but about a dozen members watched from the dual carriageway. See pictures on the photo gallery page.
16 January 2021
The Club records with sadness the death earlier this week of Joe King, a former member of the Club who served as Club treasurer for a period. Our condolences go out to his family
11 December 2020
As a conventional AGM is impossible because of Covid restrictions, the Club Committee is carrying out the functions of the AGM by email and post. All Club members eligible to vote will be receiving a number of emails or letters over the next few weeks.
5 September 2020
Harry Tyler and Louis Ross won the final match of the 2-bowl pairs today, with a 13-8 shot win over Les Campbell and Ian Ballance. In the play-off for 3rd and 4th place another two youngsters, Alex Christmas and Kyle Middleton, won by one shot over Gregor Wightman and Alex Oliver, but only after an extra end to resolve a drawn match, and the winning shot awarded with the umpire having to be called in to measure.
The Club's honorary ladies' president, Mrs June Reid, kindly agreed to present the prizes to all the semi-finalists.
See pictures on the Photo Gallery page.
31 August 2020
The final four matches of the two bowl pairs competition will be held on Saturday 5th September at 1.30pm. The semi-finalists are Alex Oliver & Gregor Wightman v Ian Ballance & Les Campbell
and Harry Tyler & Louis Ross v Kyle Middleton & Alex Christmas. So there will be a least one pair of teenagers in the final! Congratulations to all our semi-finalists.
4 August 2020
Easing of lockdown restrictions in Phase 3 has made it possible for the clubhouse toilets to be partially re-opened. For the health and safety of all our members, please familiarise yourself with the guidelines for use of the clubhouse and the hygiene procedures in place. You can read the guidelines here.
4 August 2020
Aggregate evenings are resuming! Beginning on Friday, 7th August they will run on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season, starting each evening at 6.45pm. Thanks to Gregor Wightman for offering to organise them
27 July 2020
Lifting of some more lockdown restrictions has made it possible for us to run a two-bowl pairs competition during August. Twelve pairs have entered, divided into two leagues playing each other on a round-robin basis. Play-off semi-finals and final will be played in early September.
13 June 2020
The green was officially opened today, two months behind schedule, in a low-key ceremony. Club Presidents Les Campbell and Joan Russell delivered the first bowls of the season. See pictures of the opening on the photo gallery page.
9 June 2020
The green will be partially opened for informal use and personal exercise from Monday 15th June. For advice and guidance on the use of the green during this time, see the 'Bowling and People' page.
27 May 2020
The Club Committee has decided to continue with the closure of the green. See the Committee statement here.
27 March 2020
Dunblane Bowling Club member Alex Oliver, a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University, hits the headlines with his unique research into the psychological secrets of sporting success. Read about it here.
17 March 202
CORONAVIRUS: Club Statement
In the light of yesterday's guidance from the Scottish Government, and with concern for the welfare and safety of members and staff, the Club Committee has taken the decision to restrict access to the clubhouse until at least 3rd April.
This means that the bar will be closed, the bingo evening cancelled, and all other activities cancelled until further notice.
The situation will be constantly reviewed and further announcements will be issued as to future plans.
The Committee trusts that members will appreciate the importance of taking these precautionary measures.
Despite not being accessible at present, the Club still has running costs and so it would be much appreciated if members could now pay this season's fees. This can be done by posting an envelope with a cheque through the letterbox in the clubhouse. Post will be cleared regularly, if not daily. This season's fees are £115 per member, with a 50% discount for new members.
For any members who prefer to pay their fees by cash, Gerry Campbell will be in the clubhouse between 10am and 12noon on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March to receive payments.
1 January 2020
The Club AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 21st February 2020 at 7.30pm.
20 December 2019
The clubhouse will be open on Hogmanay, from 9.30pm until late
20 December 2019
The bingo evening earlier this month was a huge success with £1040 raised for club funds. Grateful thanks to organisers Charlotte Candlish, Pat Philpot and Sheena Finnie; to number caller Jim Mein; to Ian Candlish and Davie Cuthell for managing the bar; and to all who contributed prizes.
18 October 2019
Prizegiving and Raffle Evening on Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm - 12.30am.