Sticky: 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:

EKSMBA Presentation Evening 2019

Scorecards Another Reminder

Diary Dates 2018-19 Season

EKSMBA League 2018-19

How To Complete A Scorecard

Presentation Evening 2017 Pictures

New Association Secretary

EKSMBA Picture Galleries

New League Secretary

Archive Photos

Website Changes 2014

Use of New Non-Chip Jacks

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Notice to Clubs – Updates to Club Pages

EKSMBA Presentation Evening 2019

Published on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019


Scorecards Another Reminder

Published on Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Our League Secretary continues to have problems with the late arrival of cards and their accuracy.
The aim is to publish accurate weekly Tables and Results and for this to be achieved Scorecards should sent to arrive, either by email or post within 5 days of the match and special attention should be paid to ensure the names of players are entered exactly as shown in your Player Registration Form
Please follow the guidance in our earlier post:- How To Complete A Scorecard

Diary Dates 2018-19 Season

Published on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Committee Dates

Pre-Season meeting 17th September 2018

Pre-AGM 11th March 2019

AGM 29th April 2019

The above will be held at Canterbury Bowls Club

Social Events

Social Evening 2nd March 2019 CANCELLED

Presentation Evening 27th April 2019

Both above events will be held at Aylesham Bowls Club


Oyster Cup 24th November 2018

Notification of Withdrawal by 24th October 2018

Singles 26th January 2019

Entries in by 26th December 2018

Dusty Miller Pairs 23rd February 2019

Entries in by 23rd January 2019

Hugh Bradbury Triples 23rd March 2019

Entries in by 23rd February 2019

Invicta Tournament   TBA

All at Hawkinge Community Centre

EKSMBA League 2018-19

Published on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

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 will be available later when the dates have been agreed and then 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
Arca Lambs
Aylesham Starlings
Capel Kiwis
Herne Bay Hurricanes
Hoverspeed Penguins
Minster Hinds
Sturry Skylarks
Sturry Squirrels
Swalecliffe Swallows
Whitstable Oysters
Whitstable Pearls

Division Two
Aylesham Magpies
Aylesham Warblers
Barham Bears
Canterbury Choughs
Chilham Herons
Eastling Cherries
Herne Bay Spitfires
Minster Abbots
Sturry Seals
Swalecliffe Seagulls
Wingham Warlords

Division Three

Boughton Acorns
Boughton Challengers
Boughton Courtenays
Broadstairs and St Peter’s Buzzards
Canterbury Bells
Canterbury Tales
Chislet Labradors
Macknade Monarchs
Minster Monks
Preston Pirates
Whitstable Winkles

Ash Angels, Ash Archers and Beaksbourne Dodgers have withdrawn from the league this season.

How To Complete A Scorecard

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 – 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

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 Competition pages and all Competition Galleries can now be viewed on most computers, including iPads.

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 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 Bryan using his email address: email hidden; JavaScript is required this address should be used for all his 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 Updated 2018

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.

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.”

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Following discusion at Committee on the 10th January 2011 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 Rule 42 and Appendix 1 Bowlers with Bowling Difficulties of the Constitution Rules and Penalties.

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.

Notice to Clubs – Updates to Club Pages

Published on Thursday, September 9th, 2010

 Although all Club Page’s are updated in accordance with your entry in this years Address & Fixture Booklet, we would like you to check your page for accuracy. If you find that the information available is incorrect then please email our Webmaster and he will make the necessary corrections, click on the Contact Webmaster link or use his email address shown in the Address & Fixture Booklet. Should you wish to add information to your page, email the details to our Webmaster who will be pleased to edit the page for you.