Welcome to the Bury Carpet Bowls website

Welcome to the Bury Carpet Bowls website. The league was set up in 1988, for teams in the west of Suffolk as an alternative to the main county league. It is currently made up of 27 teams:

Ashley, Badwell Ash, Barningham, Barrow, Brockley, Cockfield, Fornham, Hargrave, Hoggards Green, Honington & Sapiston, Horringer, Hundon, Ixworth, Kirtling & Upend, Ketton, New Astley Club, Old Newton, Risby, Stanningfield, Stanton, Thurston, Tostock, Whelnetham, Wickhambrook, Withersfield, Woolpit.



2016 Presentation Dinner

Details of the 2016 Bury League Presentation Dinner are being finalised. The event will take place at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club on Saturday August 20th 2016. The evening will comprise 3 course dinner including coffee/tea followed by presentation of league and individual torphies, and a raffle. Ticket price is £24.50 per person. Official details will be sent to all clubs within the next few days.


2016 Finals Day

We think you'll agree that Finals Day was a success. The South Lees School venue worked well again, particular thanks to the pavilion volunteers, Rosie and her team keeping you all fed and watered during the day. 

The Knockout Cup was a great match as usual. Brockley were hoping for third time lucky against Cockfield. With only a few ends to go Brockley brought an 11 shot deficite back to just 1 shot behind. Unfortunately they took the jack off on the last end of one of the rinks games which sealed their fate, and gave victory once again to Cockfield.

Hundon took the Cooke Trophy with impressive results in the first round games in all three disciplines. They didn't leave it there; the Hundon Rinks, Pairs and Single all went on to win their respective finals. Someone mentioned something about revenge for missing out on the League Championship title!

The Victor Trophy between the winners of the East and West Divisions resulted in a win for Hargrave. Old Newton put up a good fight and looked like turning the match around when the first game finished in their favour. Unfortunately these were the only points won, Hargrave took the other three games, and the shots to win 8-2.

Well done to the winners of the various fund raising activities. Thurston's Paul Leach had a particularly successful day, winning both quizes and the target bowls! 

Thanks to all those who brought carpets, helped set out the hall, ran the various fund raising activities, and helped pack everthing away again. The Pound in the Bucket had another record year (thanks to Emily's super sales techniques).

Details of the Presentation Dinner will follow soon!

Victory for The Bury League

Representatives of The Bury League successfully held Suffolk to a 14 - 10 after two rounds of 6 games to take home the trophy. Well done to all clubs that took part.


2016 Bury League Champions decided on shots

After all 16 games are played, Brockley and Hundon are tied on 112 points each. Although results cards are still to be submitted, Hundon have conceeded the championship having scored less 'shots for' than Brockley. A fantastic conclusion to the league season for the Premier Division. So ladies and gentlemen, let's hear it for your 2016 Bury League Champions...Brockley

Old Newton are confirmed as winners of the East Division and will play the winners of the West Division, Hargrave for the Victory Trophy on Finals Day.

Commiseration to Hoggards Green and Kirtling & Upend who are both destined to live life in the East Division next season.

Looking forward to Finals Day. The schedule will be sent out over the weekend. We return to the Victory Ground Sports Hall again this year; one significant change is that refreshments will be available for purchase in the Pavilion this year, including filled rolls, cake, crisps etc.

Knockout Cup Finalist Confirmed

So, with the two Semi-Final games now complete, The teams who will battle it out on Finals Day for the title of Bury League Knockout Cup Champions will be Brockley and Cockfield. If history is anything to go by, this will be the closest of close run things, we may even see an extra end before one team comes out on top. GOOD LUCK!! 

Withersfield Charity Fours Tournament

Hoggards Green beat Helions Bumpstead B in the final. Helions Bumpstead A take the Hotshots Trophy. The day raises a fantastic £1600

Read Lin's thankyou letter HERE



First league tables of the new season published!!

Available for download from the League Tables page now


14/06/15 Thurston Summer Fours

'That's All Folkes' lifted the trophy at Thurston's Summer Fours Charity Rinks Competition.

25 Teams each played four games in a round robin format with the top four teams progressing to the semi-final. At the end of the first stage previous champions Stanningfield A took the top spot having won all four games with 33 shots for. The combined Barking/Chelmodiston team took second place also having won four games but with less shots. In third was Alpington, three wins and 37 shots, then That's all Folkes in fourth with three wins and 27 shots.

Semi finals saw Stanningfield playing That's all Folkes on mat 1. That's all Folkes took two shots on the first end and although Stanningfield managed to get a shot back on the second end they were not able to get the better of the Cambridgeshire bowlers who won eight shots to one. In the other Semi final Alpington didn't get a look in Barking/Chelmo took the shots on every end finally securing a ten shot to nil win to secure their place in the final.

The final could not have been closer. Both teams exchanged three shots each on the first two ends, that set the tone of the match. Two shots down on the sixth and final end Barking/Chelmo held two to level the game with no real prospect of getting a third. The extra end was just as close, eventually That's all Folkes managed to take the shot needed to get their name on the trophy.

It was an extremely successful day. Thurston would like to thank everyone for their support and help in raising just over £1100 for CLIC Sargent Childrens Cancer.


13/05/15 Bury bring home the trophy!!

Hot off the press I can report that The Bury League secured victory at Needham Market Community Centre earlier this evening beating Suffolk by nine games to three. No further details at the moment. More to follow.......


Finals Day

Congratulations to all.

Check the Roll of Honour page for details of trophy winners


Conclusion of the 2014/2015 season

All games have been played. The final league tables are available on the League Tables page.


The East Division is decided

Hoggard's Green are heading back to the Premier Division once again after they secured top spot in the East Division, just one point ahead of Tostock. That result means they'll be playing Kirtling & Upend for the Victor Trophy on Finals Day.

Finals Day preparations are almost complete. Play will be in the sports hall with mats at either end and spectator seating down the middle. Drinks are not allowed in the sports hall (we will be quite strict about this!). Free coffee, tea, squash and water will be provided upstairs in the studio where there'll also be tables and chairs set out for people to use. I understand that there will be a cricket match in play in the afternoon so the bar and terrace area that overlooks the cricket pitch will be available for use. Please don't forget that there's NO CATERING on site so you'll need to bring food with you. Having said that, Sainsburys is just down the road, there are also shops at the Hardwick Shopping Centre that will be open. Unfortunately the Deep Blue chip shop is not open for lunch on Sundays. It opens at 5:00pm though if you fancy picking up some supper on your way home....See you there!!


Final's Day schedule is published

Available for download on the Diary page.

Brockley.....Bury League Champions!!!

Congratulations to Brockley who are confirmed as Bury League Champions, after Hundon fall short of the 10 points needed from Old Newton to keep them in the battle for top spot. Brockley cannot now be beaten in the Premier Division. Old Newton and New Astley take the bottom two positions and will be returning to the East & West divisions next season. Kirtling and Upend have already secured promotion to the Premier division as winners of the West division. The final promotion spot, winners of the East division is still to be decided. With results still to come in Hoggards Green and Tostock are both vieing for top spot, mathmatically Great Barton are still in with a shout.

Nailbiting stuff

As the season end approaches things couldn't be much tighter.

The Premier Division has battles going on at both ends. Having topped the table pretty much all season, Hundon have Brockley snapping at their heals. Each with three games still to play, only 5 points separates them! Neither have completely shaken off Whelnetham and Cockfield just yet. Fighting relegation at the bottom of the table, Thurston, New Astley, Withersfield and Old Newton are all equally battling to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

In the East division, while Woolpit and Stanton have topped the table for some time, their progress seems to have slowed. With so many results still to be posted it's anybody's guess who will triumph.

Kirtling & Upend have the West Division sewn up. Having lead from the off, no one can catch them. Well Done Kirtling!

No tables update next weekend because of the Easter Holidays. So you'll have to wait until the middle of the following week to see how things are progressing.

Good luck to everyone in their remaining games.

Happy Easter.

Finals Day is on the move for 2015

After a number of years at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School the Bury League Finals Day is moving to an exciting new venue for 2015.

With ever increasing costs of venue hire we have negotiated a deal with South Lee School for the use of their new Performance and Sports Facility at The Victory Ground, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds. The new facility, a joint venture between the school and the Victory Ground Cricket Club will provide us with an ideal venue for our annual competition day. Competition will take place in the air conditioned main sports hall. Access is direct from the main car park. There is a lift to the first floor gallery overlooking the sports hall and a further room which will be set out for refreshments. Facilities including accessible toilets are modern and clean. If we're lucky they'll be a home cricket match and the bar will be open ;-)

Download the Entry Form HERE

Knockout Cup Semi-Final Draw

The draw for the Knockout Cup Semi-Final took place today. The draw was made by a member of Old Felixstowe CBC at the SCBA Closed Singles Championships.

The draw is a follows:

The winner of Old Newton v Cockfield will play the winner of Ashley v Thurston

The winner of Hoggards Green v Brockley will play the winner of Gt. Whelnetham v Withersfield

Semi-final games are to be played by April 13th 2015


Presentation dinner dance - Date Change

Please note that the date of the Bury League Presentation Dinner and Dance has changed to May 30th


Welcome to 2015

As the new year gets underway the first league tables of 2015 are published.


Seasons Greetings

That's it, the last games of 2014 have been played and the league tables updated.

We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and wish you well for 2015


Jenny Bullock - Barrow Carpet Bowls Club

27th November 2014

It is with shock and sadness that we have to report that Jenny Bullock of Barrow Carpet Bowls Club has passed away. Jenny will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Stan and the family at this difficult time.

Jenny's funeral will take place at Barrow Church on Friday December 12th at 2.00pm. Family flowers only with donations, should you wish to do so to Cancer Research.


Finals Day is on the move for 2015

After a number of years at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School the Bury League Finals Day is moving to an exciting new venue for 2015.

With ever increasing costs of venue hire we have negotiated a deal with South Lee School for the use of their new Performance and Sports Facility at The Victory Ground, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds. The new facility, a joint venture between the school and the Victory Ground Cricket Club will provide us with an ideal venue for our annual competition day. Competition will take place in the air conditioned main sports hall. Access is direct from the main car park. There is a lift to the first floor gallery overlooking the sports hall and a further room which will be set out for refreshments. Facilities including accessible toilets are modern and clean. If we're lucky they'll be a home cricket match and the bar will be open ;-)

Watch out for more details when the entry forms go out in the new year!

Woolverstone Wish Charity Fours

Bildestone Carpet Bowls Club organised a charity fours competition on Saturday October 18th to raise funds for the Woolverstone Wish appeal which is raising funds to improve the Woolverstone Wing outpatients clinic and Ipswich Hospital.

Bowlers raised over £724 for the appeal.

Winners were the team from Withersfield of Lin, Tony, Trish & Sam who beat the Thurland team (Thurston/Nayland) of Sue, Sue, Carol & Mick in the Final.


Winners - Withersfield

Runners Up - Thurland


Withersfield Charity Competion 2014

25 teams from around Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire met at the Vion Sports & Social Club near Haverhill on Saturday October 11th for the 2014 Withersfield Carpet Bowls Club Charity Fours Competition. As usual Withersfield members provided a really enjoyable day with quizes, raffle, tombola and other fundraising methods to keep players occupied between games.

The 25 teams were drawn into 5 groups for the initial round robin stage, with each team playing four games of five ends. The speed of the carpets and the varying fall on the floor provided challanges for all bowlers. Certainly early in the games, particularly on mats 3 & 4, it wasn't unusal for there to be more woods in the box than on the carpet when the skips took their turn to bowl!! But this is part of the attraction of this annual competition.

Five group winners and three best runners up went on to the quarter final knockout round. A number of Bury League teams were successful in winning through the group stage including fours from Hoggards Green, Honington & Thurston, with Hoggard's Green and the defending champions Thurston making it further to the semi-finals.

In the competition final Ann, Shiela, Alan & Chris from Hoggards Green were pitched against Sue, Sylvia, Chris & Mick from Nayland. Unfortunately Hoggard's Green never recovered from heavy losses in the first two ends with Nayland the victors by 12 shots to 2.

The day realised a fantastic £1550.00 for St Nicholas Hospice.

Congratulations Withersfield for such a great day! 

Thank you letter



The new season is now underway with 7 matches having been played so far this month. 

League Tables have been uploaded to the website.


GRAHAM ROBINSON (1967 - 2014)

It is with great sadness that the Bury League advise that Graham Robinson passed away on 10th July, after a short illness. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time. 

The funeral service for Graham was held on Monday 28 July at the West Suffolk Crematorium. The chapel was packed with hundreds of Graham's friends and colleagues. 

Graham's parents Irene & Fred Robinson have published the attached message to all Graham's carpet bowls friends.


2014 AGM

The league AGM will take place on Thursday July 10th 2014, 7:30pm at New Green Community Centre, Thurston.

The AGM notice is here Notice

The Agends is here Agenda

Minutes of last year's AGM are here Miinutes



Crowds gathered at Cockfield village hall once again for the annual presentation dinner and dance. Although numbers were down slightly on previous years many clubs were represented to either collect awards themselves or support those who had won trophies. True to form, Cockfield were impecable hosts.The evening started with what has become tradition, a single round of Human Bingo. Moans and groans from players as their numbers get called out and they have to sit down. We very soon got down to three people still standing, the final number called saw two of the three sit down leaving a single winner from Fornham All Saints to take the £91 prize.

Dinner was a delicious cold meat salad followed by desert and finished off by cheese & biscuits, coffee & mints.

Then down to business.

Starting with Finals Day........


Fours champions were Hundon

with Gt. Whelnetham runners up


Pairs champions Cockfield with Whithers field in the runner up spot.

Singles was won by New Astley, runner up Cockfield.

The Cooke Shield for best team performance was won by Hundon.

Knockout Cup winners - Cockfield.

League Champions - Brockley.

League runner up - Cockfield.

Victor Trophy winners - Thurston

Following trophy presentation the evening continued with music and dancing to Memory Lane.


On Wednesday May 14th six teams travelled to Needham Market Community Centre at the invitation of Sufolk Carpet Bowls Association, to play for the President's Cup.

Rinks from Ashley, Brockley, Cockfield, Hundon, Stanningfield & Thurston each played two games against Suffolk teams from Barking, Gt. Blakenham, Needham Market, Old Felixstowe, Stratford St. Mary & Tuddenham.

The first round games saw the Bury League take the points in all six games although three games could have gone either way. At the break the Bury League led 12 points to nil, 60 shots to 46.

Suffolk fought back in the second round with convincing wins for Tuddenham, Old Felixstowe & Gt. Blakenham. However, Suffolk didn't get a look in on the other three carpets with Thurston securing a 16 - 2 win against Barking, Brockley beating Needham Market 11 - 4 and Stanningfield taking a 12-7 win against Stratford St Mary.

The final result - Bury 18 points & 116 shots, Suffolk 6 points & 87 shots. A fantastic win for Bury

In the words of one Bury league player....Bury 'Battered' Suffolk!!



Representatives from a number of Bury League clubs attended the ECBA Festival of Bowls at Potters Leisure Resort. Hopton on Sea. The week long competition saw teams from around the UK playing singles, pairs and rinks in Potters' International Arena.

Although nobody managed to reach the podium, players had good success.

In the Singles, Brockley's Joey Stones made it to the 4th round knockout stage before Martin Campbell from Sunderland got the better of her. Martin was the eventual winner of the Singles title.

The Brockley pair of Peter Jones and Jonathan Stones made it to the Quarter Finals of the Pairs competition where they met fellow Suffolk bowlers Sally and Jim Goodrich. Although the Peter and Jonathan put up a good fight, the Claydon pair proved to be the stronger team. Durham pair David Storey & Aline Pearson were eventual Champions defeating Suffolk pair Kay and Pete Masters in the final.

In the Rinks, combined Brockley/Thurston team of Joey & Jonathan Stones and Carol & Neil West made it all the way to the Semi-Finals before being knocked out by a four from Durham - David Storey, Aline Pearson, Shirley and Peter Wood who ended up taking the Rinks title after a nail biting finale against a four from Soham.

Over all a very enjoyable week. Plans for the 2015 competition are being put in place. It will take place 11th to 15th May 2015. Details can be found HERE