The Club

The outdoor club from which the Short Mat club was spawned plays on the green next door to the Memorial Hall.

For GPS users the post code is TN3 9ED. Cartographers will want to know the OS grid reference which is TQ 59058 35373. Frant is in East Sussex a few miles South of Tunbridge Wells. Google maps users can find the exact location at 51.095986,0.270618.

The Short Mat Bowls Club is based in the Memorial Hall, on the Bells Yew Green Road on the opposite side of the road to the cricket pitch.

Covid

Until early 2020, the club played in the Wealden league with home matches played on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and away matches played on the opponents' choice of day. Roll-ups were held on Tuesday and non-match Thursday evenings.

The 2019/2020 season was cut short because of Covid-19 and the 2020/2021 was non-existent. Attempts to start the 2021/2022 season have met with a few problems to say the least.

Two clubs that played in the league have disbanded. The Chairman's attempts to get members views on restarting roll-ups and playing matches have had poor responses. However it seemed there was enough interest to restart roll-ups. However, it seems the usual times are not available at Frant Memorial Hall so other possible venues are being considered.

We do know that the Wealden league proposal is to split the league into two regions - North and South. Each league would have two divisions of eight teams which would each play the other seven twice providing fourteen matches in the season. The format would be similar allowing for eight to ten players to form a team and in extremis 7 could play with a penalty. Matches would start from October 25th, 2021.

We await further details.