Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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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

27 July 2021


News Items:

Minutes of the June committee meeting.

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

Future minutes will be available by following this link.


Covid update

A copy of the BSMBA Covid recommendations is now available.

Click here to read.


NEW “Super League” to be created


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



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


Are you BIASED

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Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League (VSMBFL)

A date has been set for the AGM of the VSMBFL. This will be a Zoom meeting and is set for Tuesday 31st August at 7.00 p.m.

All current League clubs are invited to take part. A letter to this effect, has been sent to all clubs, together with a nominations form. Once all nominations have been received, the agenda will be compiled and sent to all clubs.

The aim is to get the League back up and running for October and new rules will be discussed to cater for clubs who might find it difficult raising a full team of 12.

If you have any points you would like discussed at this meeting, or would like to nominate someone for a place on the committee, please send details to the following address and they will be forwarded to the League Secretary:


Would you like to play Short Mat Bowls ?

Do you enjoy the company of others?

Check out our list of clubs to find one near to you.

No experience necessary as coaching is available.

Most clubs can provide all you need to start bowling.

Don’t hesitate, email us now for more information.