Welcome to the Woodlands Short Mat Bowls Club Website.

This site introduces visitors to our Shot Mat Bowls club. Our Facebook
site is more dynamic and gives an idea as to the activities in which we are currently engaged. Use the About page to find out a bit more about us and what we do. The contact page enables you to send as an email and discover our location.

Thank you for visiting our site and hope you feel encouraged to visit us in person.

Antony Carter
Web Master

For those visitors who are wondering what short mat bowls is – It is like traditional bowls, using much of the same equipment but played on a mat 1.8m (6ft) wide and 12.2 – 13.7m (40-45ft) long. Designed specifically to be viable for church, school, village and club halls. Some fool however thought it was a good idea to put a white block 38.1cm (15in)wide in the middle! The object is the same as the outdoor version – get your woods closer to the little ‘jack’ than your opponent.

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One of our mats placed in a School hall to demonstrate how they can be placed in tight spaces – great if your opponents suffer from claustrophobia!
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Woodlands SMBC is a long established club dedicated to the sport of Short mat bowls (since 1989, one of the oldest in the region) located in the heart of Basildon.

We pride ourselves on our informality and friendliness and welcome people of all ages and abilities (even none).

Club sessions are on Mondays and Thursdays 7 – 9.30 all through the year though we have been known to take a break on Bank Holidays and Festival Days.

We run a league team that participate in the South East Essex SMB League. (SE Essex in this case ranges from Harlow to Southend and from Chelmsford to Thurrock!).

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We are located at Fryerns Baptist Church Hall, 147 Whitmore Way, Basildon Essex, SS14 2TJ

Our Secretary is Shirley Hagger and she can be contacted on shirley.hagger@tiscali.co.uk