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.


The club plays in a league with home matches played on Thursdays at 7.30 pm and away matches played on the opponents' choice of day. Roll-ups are held on Tuesday and non-match Thursday evenings. Outdoor roll-ups are on Tuesdays. Prospective members are welcome at roll-ups and are advised to telephone one of the contacts first.


Most of the team regulars are those below in a picture taken after the 2015-2016 season when we finished as runners-up.


Back Row from left: David Oliver, Peter McDonald, Richard Chapman, Alan Taylor Restell, Bob Garratt, Bryan Fairbrass, Chris Hall.

Front row: Audrey Hall, Mary Fairbrass, Hazel Sands, Val Oliver. Somehow Phil Boddy escaped the photocall.


The final turf


Eleven down, four to go. Only four of the team from 1996 below are still members of the club. The team is (Back, left to right) Graham Elton, Brian Potter, John Cheeseman, Alby Cox, Roger Bassett, Dick Smytherman, Malcolm Pittam, Chris Hall, Bob Garratt and Bryan Fairbrass. (Front) Louise Cheeseman, Anne Bassett, Gwen Denyer, Jill Garratt and Audrey Hall.


The team, April 1996