Minster Bowls Club

       Founded 1937      Affiliated to:  BOWLS ENGLAND  :  K.C.B.A  :  K.C.W.B.A.  :  I.O.T.B.A.  :  E.K.S.M.B.A.


Minster Bowls Club - Short Mat

   The Green, Molineux Road, Minster-in-Thanet, Ramsgate, CT12 4DW  01843 824082
   Hon. Secretary Email:

The SM Club was formed in 1985, playing in the Village Hall with 2 mats and equipment that the hall committee financed, on the understanding that the SM bowls club would re-imburse them, which they did much sooner than expected.
Originally members were charged 1p for hitting the block and a tidy sum was raised by this means, but after a few years the novelty wore off and the practice ceased.
Minster, in the guise of Eric Harber who made the initial suggestion, were instrumental in the setting up of the East Kent Short Mat Bowls League, later to change their title from League to Association when membership had grown to 12 clubs. The original Chairman of the EKSMBL was Ray Razzell from Minster and the first Hon. Secretary also from Minster was Ray Owen who remained in post for 22yrs before relinquishing the position, which was then split into 3 separate posts - Assn Sec, League Sec and Comp Sec. Ray continues to assist in the background helping to keep the website up to date and he was awarded the honour of becoming the first Life Vice President.
Minster club was affiliated to the London & South East SMBA, but later dropped this affiliation in favour of joining the newly ressurected Kent SMBA. Minster had many successes in both L&SE and Kent competitions and have also held the EKSMBA Division One winners title.

Competitions and Matches throughout the season.

Friendlies on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from April to September. New players and beginners welcome.

Help and advice will be given.

For further information on summer short mat bowling please contact Hon. Secretary.

Outdoor Honours can be found here: Outdoor

Short Mat Honours  
Mens Champion Ladies Champion
Mens Pairs Ladies Pairs
Mixed Pairs Single Gender Pairs
Mixed 4's League (Friday 4's) Pairs League (Wednesday Pairs)
Alf Wood Trophy Triples
Morphew Cup S.M. External Honours

Further information on the village of Minster can be found at