Welcome to the website of Saxon Bowlers. We are a very friendly bunch of people who play short mat bowls at the Saxon Hall in Raunds every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.45 to 4.00 p.m.
We hold regular internal competitions from October to March and also compete against other local clubs during those months.
We have been going for more than twenty years and have grown from strength to strength to the point where we now have a waiting list for new members. We usually have four mats in use and attract over twenty members per session.
Short mat bowls is played indoors and as the name suggests it is roughly half the distance employed by the full size game. If this is a game which you have not played before here is a brief overview. The game is played on a portable mat which is between forty and forty five feet in length and six feet wide. It is played indoors and can be accommodated in village halls, schools, sports and social clubs etc as the mats are rolled up for storage so do not need a permanent area.
You bowl to a smaller ball called the jack and the object of the game is for your woods, (bowls), to be nearer the jack than the opposition. However this involves skills and tactical knowledge which are gained the more you play. (Incidentally, bowls are often still referred to as “woods” because that’s what they were originally made out of).
The England Short Mat Bowling Association is the national body for the sport and was formed in 1984 with a nucleus now approaching 20,000 members.
Bowls is an excellent way to keep fit, it can be played by all ages, sexes and abilities and is a very enjoyable way to spend your spare time and make some new friends.
We offer free lessons from a fully qualified bowls instructor and tea and biscuits are served at every game.
We do have a waiting list for new members at the moment but please contact us if you are interested in playing and we will accommodate you as soon as possible.