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This website has been created by Bursledon Short Mat Bowls Club who are based at Pilands Wood Centre which is situated near Bursledon. Short Mat at Pilands wood in Southampton Hampshire is an indoor Bowls Club using a format called shortmat as apposed to other bowls formats which are lawn green outdoor bowls, crown green outdoor bowls and indoor full mat bowls. Whilst Bursledon Short Mat Bowls Club Hampshire covers most of the following towns, Aldershot, Bishop's Waltham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Fleet, Havant, Hayling Island, Hound, Lee-on-Solent, Liphook, Petersfield, Southampton, Stockbridge, Winchester and the villages of Allbrook,
Bishopstoke, Botley, Bursledon, Chandler's Ford, Fair Oak, Horton Heath, Hamble le Rice, Hedge End, West End, Hiltingbury, Hiltingbury, Hedge End Grange Park, Hedge End, Wildern,West End, Bishopstoke Fair Oak, Horton Heath, Bursledon, Old Netley, Hamble, Hamble-le-Rice, Butlocks Heath and Netley Abbey. Its main catchment area is Hampshire South or South Hampshire.
The Club had its beginnings twenty-three years ago, when a small group of enthusiasts met at the old Bursledon Community Centre in Lowford. They started with one mat which was laid diagonally across the floor as the hall was too short to accommodate the full length in any other way. As the number of members grew, funds were raised to purchase two more mats – but there was a problem.....! There were plans to extend the hall but in the meantime how to use both mats in a hall which was within Short Mat regulations but several feet shorter than the mats? Our heroes were undaunted. Visiting teams were amazed to see mats which extended to the end of the room – then went UP the wall! Today we play at Pilands Wood Community Centre, using four mats which, you will be pleased to learn, are firmly horizontal! The spirit of those pioneers, some of whom are still members, lingers on in the Club’s justly deserved reputation for friendly competition and a warm social atmosphere. In addition to our twice weekly meetings members can, if they wish, play in Friendly matches against other clubs. We also enjoy Club competitions and social events. The Club is affiliated to the English Short Mat Bowling Association (Hampshire County). Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player you can be sure of a warm welcome, so why not take that first step and get in touch?