Welcome to our Noticeboard & Diary

Published on Sunday, December 20th, 2009

It is intended that the noticeboard will be the place to find all the information that is regularly changeable, to save us keep altering the main website.
On here you will find:
Club Pages,
How to send us pictures and files,
Competition News,
Event Dates (see Calendar to your right),
Agendas & Minutes,
General Information from the Committee and many other things which may well be added as we go along.

We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Scroll down or click the links to view the current Noticeboard items:

How To Complete A Score Card

Presentation Evening 2017-2018 Season


League Updates

EKSMBA Events 2018

EKSMBA League 2017-2018

Committee Dates for 2017-2018 Season

Presentation Evening 2017 – Pictures

Competition Dates for 2017/2018 Season

New Association Secretary

EKSMBA Picture Galleries

Competition and League Results 2016-2017 Season

New League Secretary

Archive Photos

Website Changes 2014

Use of New Non-Chip Jacks

EKSMBA Use of Online Forms

Annual Timetable

League Secretaries Guidelines For Scorers

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Notice to Clubs – Updates to Club Pages

How To Complete A Score Card

Published on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Our League Secretary is having problems with the way some score cards are being completed. In order to provide guidance and help, we repeat here his advice first published in this years Address and Fixtures Booklet.

Unable to see the PDF click on this link
How To Complete A Score Card

Presentation Evening 2017-2018 Season

Published on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Unfortunately all available tables have been taken and the venue is full to capacity.

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Bruce Winter Post


Published on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Owing to the lack of demand and current weather conditions the EKSMBA Quiz Night has been cancelled.

League Updates

Published on Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Hugh and Ray are working hard to set up and test the process that creates the new season League Tables, Results and Team Standings. It’s hoped that once testing is completed in the next week, that the associations laptop will be returned to Bryan for him to enter the match scores and run the weekly update. We would ask clubs to check the accuracy of the tables once they appear on the website and notify Bryan if they spot any problems.

EKSMBA Events 2018

Published on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Quiz Night 3rd March 2018 and the Presentation Evening 28th April 2018 are acceptable to the Aylesham Club and Bruce Winters is booked for
the Presentation Evening again next year.

EKSMBA League 2017-2018

Published on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

This post shows the league structure for the new season. The website is currently being updated to reflect these changes and the Results, Individual Team Results and Division Tables will be available to view and print after the season starts in November. The new season Fixtures pages are available and can be viewed and printed, just click on the sidebar links in the Website’s Home page.

New Teams joining or rejoining the League this year

Division One
Ash Angels
Arca Lambs
Aylesham Starlings
Canterbury Choughs
Capel Kiwis
Eastling Cherries
Hoverspeed Penguins
Minster Hinds
Sturry Squirrels
Whitstable Oysters
Whitstable Pearls

Division Two
Aylesham Magpies
Aylesham Warblers
Barham Bears
Boughton Courtenays
Chilham Herons
Chislet Labradors
Herne Bay Hurricanes
Minster Abbots
Sturry Skylarks
Swalecliffe Seagulls
Swalecliffe Swallows
Wingham Warlords

Division Three
Ash Archers
Bekesbourne Dodgers
Boughton Acorns
Boughton Challengers
Broadstairs and St Peter’s Buzzards
Canterbury Bells
Canterbury Tales
Herne Bay Spitfires
Macknade Monarchs
Minster Monks
Preston Pirates
Sturry Seals

Committee Dates for 2017-2018 Season

Published on Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Pre Season:- 18th September 2017

Pre AGM:- 12th March 2018

AGM:- 30th April 2018

Presentation Evening 2017 – Pictures

Published on Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Click on the sidebar link Association Events/Pictures to view and print pictures from this years Presentation Evening

Competition Dates for 2017/2018 Season

Published on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Bookings for 2017-2018 Season
All Competitions at Hawkinge Community Centre

Saturday 2nd December 2017 – Oyster Cup

Saturday 20th January 2018 – Singles Competition

Saturday 17th February 2018 – Pairs Competition

Saturday 24th March 2018 – Triples Competition

Tuesday 10th July 2018 – Invicta Tournament

Please contact the Competition Secretary for more information
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New Association Secretary

Published on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Welcome to Diane Harris who has taken over as Honorary Secretary of the Association. Please be patient over this transition period as Diane settles in to her new post and takes on the responsibilities and duties so ably carried out by Lynn Hall over the last eight years. Use the hon.secretary email address shown in the Address & Fixture Booklet to contact Diane.

Finally our thanks to Lynn, taking over as she did at a time of great change in the structure of the associations committee she was able to bring sense to these major changes and has developed the Honorary Secretary role ever since. Our sincere thanks to Lynn, enjoy your retirement.

EKSMBA Picture Galleries

Published on Monday, May 9th, 2016

New picture galleries are available to view on the Dusty Miller Pairs and Hugh Bradbury Triples Competition pages and all Competition Galleries can now be viewed on most computers, including iPads.

The Presentation Evening 2016 pictures can be see by clicking the Association Events/Pictures link in the sidebar

Competition and League Results 2016-2017 Season

Published on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

EKSMBA Competitions

Oyster Cup
Runners-up: Chilham – Jim Stanford, Carol Vinter & Charlotte Wares.
Winners: Canterbury – Bryan Nicholson, Michael Hutchinson & Fred Barrett

Men’s Runner Up: Bryan Nicholson
Men’s Winner: Dave Mason
Ladies Runner Up: Jacque Cooper
Ladies Winner: Maureen Hedges

Dusty Miller Pairs
Runners Up: Paul Andrews & John Court
Winners: Ros & Rachel Chandler

Hugh Bradbury 30th Anniversary Triples
Runners Up: Paul Churchley, Ian Rouse & Brian Hedges
Winners: Russell Cooper, Jacqui Cooper & Mellissa Cooper


Division 1
Winners: Whitstable Oysters
Runner Up: ARCA Lambs

Relegated: Swalecliffe Swallows and Wingham Warlords

Division 2
Winners: Canterbury Choughs
Runner Up: Sturry Squirrels

Relegated: Bekesbourne Dodgers and Ash Archers

Division 3
Winners: Herne Bay Hurricanes
Runners Up: Chilham Herons

New League Secretary

Published on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Bryan Nicholson from the Canterbury club as taken over the duties of League Secretary and he now has the Association laptop and all league records. To ensure a smooth transistion please ensure all league related queries, correspondence, scorecards etc. are address to Bryan. The League Secretary email address should still be used and any post should be address to:
Bryan Nicholson
3 Elliot Way
CT14 0UE
Mobile 07546 268 809
Bryan will be consdered as Acting League Secretary until he is officialy elected to the post at the AGM.

This change brings with it the sad annoucement of Barbara’s retirement from the post of League Secretary. It is appropriate that we record our heartfelt thanks to Barbara and our appreciation of the time and effort she has put in to ensure the smooth running of the league since she took over the post at a time of major change in the Associations organisation in 2008.
Thanks Barbara.

Archive Photos

Published on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

You will now find some old EKSMBA photos displaying in the small 4 picture gallery on the Noticeboard page. This gallery changes each time the page is opened, just hover your mouse pointer over a picture to see its file name and click to see a larger image. There are 55 Archive photos numbered 1-55 available for this random display.

Website Changes 2014

Published on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

As Barbara our League Secretary reported at our last Committee Meeting in September the purchase and setup of the new Association Computer has enabled us to review and change our Website over the Summer months.

Most changes are to the structure of the site, made to simplify the annual update of the League part of the site and do not impact on what you see when you visit the site. But there are some changes you should be aware of.

Club Pages can now be accessed from the Home page via the interactive map as well as from the Noticeboard & Diary page.

The Team Standings page has been renamed to Individual Team Results, this better reflects what tables you find if you follow the links, a results table for each league team.
You can now only access these tables from this page as the links from the Division Tables have been removed to simplify the updating process.

You should also notice an improvement to the way the various tables display and print.

Just to finish with a reminder, if you see an error in the Tables or Results please contact Barbara using her new email address: email hidden; JavaScript is required this address should now be used for all her bowls related correspondence.

My thanks to Ray Owen for his time and effort in making the website changes and his help together with Hugh in setting up the new computer.

It is anticipated that the Officers will meet later in the year to consider the future direction of the website, so if you have any related thoughts on this or possible improvements, please email them to: email hidden; JavaScript is required

October 2014

Use of New Non-Chip Jacks

Published on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

New Non-Chip Jacks

At our Committee Meeting held on 29th September 2014 it was brought to our attention that some clubs had recently purchased the new non-chip jacks. The clubs concerned asked for verification of use during the 2014/2015 season as they had heard English Short Mat Bowling Association had banned them.

At our meeting it was agreed, confirmed and minuted by the Committee that these jacks would not be permitted to be used in any league games or competitions held by the East Kent Short Mat Bowls Association (EKSMBA) during the 2014/2015 season.

I would like to point out that these jacks have been banned by the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA) due to their reaction when hit by a wood. Below is a quote from the ESMBA web site which actually states that the jacks are not permitted for ESMBA competitions at any level.

Please note that the ESMBA does not endorse the jacks that are being sold with a rubber coating. These non-chip jacks do not respond in the same way as our jacks do when they are hit by a wood as they absorb the impact. The use of these jacks is therefore not permitted for ESMBA competitions at any level.”

EKSMBA Use of Online Forms

Published on Friday, April 26th, 2013

The latest versions of Adobe Reader (from XI onwards) have enabled our online forms, once completed, to be to be saved on your PC as a PDF file. This means the completed form can be emailed as an attachment and opened in Adobe Reader by the recipient.

Click this link to find further information: Use of Online Forms

Annual Timetable

Published on Sunday, April 1st, 2012

League Secretaries Guidelines For Scorers

Published on Friday, November 11th, 2011

A new season probably means we have some new teams, skips and scorers.
This may explain why, so far this season, I have received a fair few cards with various errors.
Normally number 2 should score, but if there are any problems another nominated team member can complete the scorecard.
I have put together some guidelines to help.



v the team who is playing at home put their scores in the left hand column

v the team playing away, put their score in the right hand column

v the scores are recorded below the correct team!

v all 15 ends are recorded

v hot shots and tied ends are indicated

v When Skips sign that the SCORES AGREE , they also check that the scores are recorded in the CORRECT COLUMNS and any discrepancies indicated

v cards should be filled in with ink.

v names should be written in full,  initials are not acceptable

v where a club has two teams, the team and not the club is entered at the top

v complete the bottom where it is indicated which Club has sent in the card

v all players are registered to play in the league. 

v a cheque £3.00 payable to EKSMBA should be sent with the card for new registrations

v All score cards reach the League Secretary within 5 working days

For the 2012-2013 Season, score  cards can be scanned and submitted as email attachments. However, if there is any any disagreement or disputed the actual score card will be required by first class post.  

Click to view and print a pdf version of this guideline

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Following discusion at Committee on the 10th January it was agreed that a poster would be created and sent to all clubs. 

Click to view and print a PDF version of the poster

 Gentle Reminder Poster

It is taken as read that all league games are played in good spirit and fairness: however, sometimes we get carried away and forget some of the rules: long/lawn bowls and the ESMBA rules may differ so here is a gentle reminder of some EKSMBA rules so we can avoid some of the most common errors:

The visiting team will be given the choice whether to go first or second. It is not permissible to “give the jack away” at any other time during the match

No player should follow their woods up across the nearest dead-line

When marking woods only spray chalks can be used. 

Woods should not be touched or handled once at the head (unless removing chalk marks from non-touchers)

Only one player shall be allowed on the mat at the head at any one time; and only when their side is in possession of the rink mat.

Verbal and visual warning must be given and acknowledged before playing weighted shots

Foot Faults should be called by those at the delivery end i.e. if any part of the standing foot is outside the delivery mat at the time of delivery on the fender, overlapping the edge of the mat or if any part of the leading foot touches the delivery line.

The ‘Foot Faults‘ rule does not necessarily apply to disabled bowlers.  For guidance see Section 43 Bowlers with Bowling Difficulties and Appendix 1 of the Constitution and Rules.

If Leads and Twos change, communication to the skip must come from the new number Two

A Skip may not stall at the head to watch their opponent bowl. If either skip visits the head before both skips have played their first bowl their next bowl will be stopped and removed from the mat.  (A skip can only visit the head when it is their turn)

30 seconds should elapse, if requested, when the last bowl of an end comes to rest. No player should walk on the live area this time

Neither jack nor bowls should be moved until both sides agree the result. The player conceding the shot(s) should remove these bowls from the rink mat

Changing woods after Roll Up but before game starts is permissible

Neither by word or act shall spectators disturb or advise players

It is recommended that all players should take time to read/re-read the rule book

Every club has a copy of the Rules and Constitution: These can also be found on our website, follow the sidebar link on the Home page.