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As part of our NEW LOOK, we would like to extend an invitation to ALL clubs in the area, to come and join in with our programme of games and competitions.

There is no requirement to register players, but a small annual fee will allow that club to join the BSMBA, so that all its members may take part in our activities.

For further information please email us on:


The pictures below are from one of the Australian Pairs competitions held at Handy Cross Indoor Bowls Centre

These games are always popular and very well supported. It is hope that we can arrange many more of these games once we get back to bowling again.

Welcome to the NEW LOOK

Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

Membership of the BSMBA is now open to ALL short mat bowls clubs within the County of Buckinghamshire.

There will no longer be individual registration but clubs may belong to the Association for a small annual fee and all their members will automatically be included.

The Association in its new form, will continue to look after the interests of players and those leagues which are currently operating within the County.

Competitions organised by the BSMBA will be open to all individual members of those clubs.

It is hoped that this new format will be of interest to clubs within the county, which have not, in the past, been registered with the Association, due to the restrictions which the ESMBA place upon its members.



Chinnor SMBC

Chesham SMBC


Stewkley SMBC

Thame Bowls Club

Wendover & Chiltern Hills Bowls Club

Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League

Handy Cross Indoor Bowls Club

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Last updated

13 September 2021


News Items:

Minutes of the August committee meeting.

This was the fourth meeting and consolidated some of the previous action points.

Future minutes will be available by following this link.


NEW “Super League” put on ice until next year


Every so often, we will highlight one of the rules of  the game. Click here to find out the current rule on display.



What is  

Australian Pairs

and how is it played


If you are new to the game of  Short Mat Bowls and would like to read up on the Rules and Regulations,     click on this link


Covid update

A copy of the BSMBA Covid recommendations is available.

Click here to read.




The BSMBA has decided to replace the Bucks Championships with a new series of games to run through the rest of the season.


These games will be open to all members of the Association, irrespective of ability and experience.

Entry forms will be circulated via the clubs, one month prior to each game and should be returned, together with the entry fee, to the competitions secretary.

For a full list of competitions click here: DIARY

There are still places available for the Australian Pairs competition on Sunday 3rd October. Send in your details to


This is not a “County” competition and is usually a very popular format. For anyone not familiar with Australian Pairs, click on this link for a full explanation and if you haven’t played it before, it’s well worth giving it a try.

For details of other events planned see the Diary page and register your interest now at


Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League (VSMBFL)

The match schedule is now available  - click here

The Annual General Meeting of the Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League, took place on Tuesday 31st August at 7.00 p.m. with 42 members present, representing 10 clubs.

The meeting was held in the clubhouse of the Wendover and Chiltern Hills Bowls Club.

Changes to the constitution were agreed to reflect the new status of the BSMBA and the decision was unanimous. Changes were also agreed to the rules of match play in the league, to reflect the difficulties clubs were encountering due to the shortfall of team members. All these changes would be reviewed at the next AGM.

The match secretary agreed to draw up a fixture list to take effect from early October and this was warmly welcomed by all those present. Unfortunately, Wing SMBC have decided not to take part in the league this season, but we hope they may return at some point in the future.

Minutes of the AGM will be published soon and can be read by following this link. MINUTES

Bucks Single Mat League

The match schedule is now available  - click here

The schedule of games in the Bucks Single Mat League has now been issued, with 12 teams taking part in two divisions of 6.

The start date is 14th October with the playoff to decide the overall winners provisionally set for the end of February 2022.

Red league:  Chinnor,  Hardwick, Wendover A, Wendover B, Widmer End B, Haddenham.

Blue League:

Amersham, Bellingdon A, Chesham B, Wendover C, Widmer End A, Holmer Green.

For details click on this link: Schedule

South Bucks League

At a recent meeting of the South Bucks League, it was agreed to set up a triples competition to start as soon as possible. More information on this as soon as it is available.