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Short Mat Bowls

Sadly we have not been able to hold our short mat sessions since the first lockdown in March 2020. However we are very hopeful that we will be able to start again in late September 2021 as the outdoor bowls season ends. We will be meeting on Friday afternoons and look forward to welcoming lots of new members. 

Short Mat Bowls  at   High Halden War Memorial Hall

High Halden Short Mat Bowls Club meets at the Memorial Hall. 

New members are welcome (whether experienced or beginners) and if you want to know more contact Ralph Sands on 07767147720

We have bowls available for use by beginners and coaching and guidance can be provided.

All you need to bring along is a pair of clean, flat soled shoes (or a thick pair of socks) and a wish to have a go at bowls. Your first afternoon will be free!!

All ages welcome, with under 18s needing to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 If you would like to join there is a “One Off” joining fee of £10 with members paying £2 each afternoon they attend (which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit).  It’s great value for money for a very enjoyable social afternoon. (There is normally an optional raffle which costs £1).

Other than during our open days which are free to attend, visitors are very welcome to come along on three occasions, paying just £2 for the afternoon which gives the opportunity to get to know other members and make sure bowls is for you.  Why not give it a try!!


English Short Mat Bowls Association (ESMBA) has issued detailed guidelines and processes which must be complied to allow groups of more that 6 to meet to play short mat bowls in a COVID safe was.

More details can be found on their website at

All those who bowl must comply with the ESMBA guidelines which are attached below as well as the High Halden Specific guidelines.


ESMBA COVID 19 Compliance guidelines updated 14th Aug 2020

ESMBA COVID 19 compliance guidelines (3).pdf File Uploaded: 4 October 2020 101 KB

Friendly against Bethersden Short Mat Bowls Club on 21st February 2020 at High Halden

The format was triples played over 7 ends with 3 woods.  6 games were played with High Halden coming out as victors with the narrow margin of 43 shots to 40. No doubt Bethersden will be looking for revenge when the return game is played. 

Sue  provided 2 excellent cakes (chocolate and fruit) which were greatly enjoyed!!

New captain Ralph along with Teak and June played especially well.