Hi Everyone - some sad news - Bill McGuiness passed away peacefully at home last night. Bill loved his bowls at Caldercraig and was a member for well over 30 years, winning the Club Championship in 1998 at the age of 70. I am sure you will join me in sending our deepest sympathy to Alan, Graeme and the rest of their family at this sad time.



At a recent Board meeting the idea of purchasing new lockers was discussed.  The Board agreed this was a good idea but decided to defer the cost until some time in the future.

Following the meeting Margaret Murray offerered to purchase the lockers in memory of her husband, Robert.  This is a fantastic gesture by Margaret and the Board thank her for this.

Please advise me if you wish a locker for next season.   A refundable key cost of £5 will apply.








Following the announcement yesterday the Club will remain closed until advised otherwise by the Scottish Government






Hi Everyone - hope you are all well.

We will have another Club game organised for this Saturday at 12:30 for a 1:00pm start - hope to see you there.

Take Care and Stay Safe




Hi All,

Hope you are all well.

We will have another Club game organised for this Saturday at 12:30 for a 1:00pm start – the changes by the Government and by Bowls Scotland now allow us to organise a game for up to 30 players and play against mote than one other team.

Can you please read below:

o The key to the club changing room in in the key safe next to the club entrance

o The code for the key safe is 3945 and this should not be given out to non-members

o Only 1 person allowed in the changing room at any time

o Please remember to return the key to the key safe

o When you come to the club to play you will find the Rink Book in the locker room – please enter the following

 Your Name and the names of anyone else playing with you

 The date and time when you played

 These details are important for our track and trace program.


Can I ask that everyone remains mindful of the social distancing rules that still exist and to please use the hand sanitiser located throughout the club.


Stay Safe.








Starting on Monday 17th August the Club will hold rink nights on Monday's and Wednesday evenings commencing at 6.45pm.

An afternoon game wil be held on Saturday 22nd August.  No need to book in advance but you need to be at the Club by 12.30pm to register for this game.







There was a great turnout by members this morning to get mats and jacks in prepartation for play starting up on Monday.

Our Ladies President Margaret Murray threw the first bowl of the new season at noon today and to add to the moment she threw it with one of Robert's Bowls.







It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that Robert Shaw husband of Violet died at the weekend. Our love and thoughts are with Violet and her family at this difficult time.



Margaret Murray has given me the following details on Roberts funeral and how to log in to view the service :-

Service order for


Service Date 01-May-20 at 10:30

Service Chapel Chapel - Holytown

Website www.obitus.com

Username holytown3037

Password 948283

Please send this username and password exactly as above to family and friends. You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast between approx. 10:25 and 11:35 on Friday 01 May. Once the service has finished, it will take us up to 3 working days to get the 28-day Watch Again onto the website.

By default there is a 150 viewer limit on this webcast. If you're expecting more than this please notify us; we will need to make changes and this may incur additional costs.




Margaret Murray has asked that I post the following message - "Hope you are all safe - I would like to thank everyone for the beautiful flowers, cards and messages I have received. The funeral is Friday 1st May at 10.30am, we have arranged a webcast and I will forward full details when I get them from the undertaker. Take care Margaret"

I will post details of the webcast when I receive then from Margaret.




It is with deep regret that I have to advise you that Robert Murray suffered a heart attack and died this morning.  Robert was a dedicated and much respected member of the club.  Robert once said his only regret at joining Caldercraig was that he had not done so years earlier, he will be sorely missed.
Our love and thoughts are with Margaret at this time.

Ian Baxter






The Board held a meeting on Friday 20th March 2020 to discuss the position regarding the coronavirus situation.

Following guidance from various sources the Board have decided to close the club and put it in lockdown until at least the 31st May 2020. The Board will meet in May to review the situation to determine if or when we may be able to open.

To ensure compliance we have removed the keys from the key safe so no access to the club will be possible. If you require access for any reason please contact the club secretary on 07541 086727.

Please note that the only people who will have access to the club during this time will be those carrying out essential maintenance to the green and the club facilities.

We have been advised that at this stage the Airdrie & Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Ladies and Senior leagues have all been cancelled for the season.

At present only about half of the members have paid this year's fees.This will be a difficult time financially for the club and the club treasurer will be in touch regarding this. We of course hope that we can resume bowling at some point in the season and may even be able to proceed with club competitions.

In the meantime please do everything possible to remain safe.




27th October 2019.

Notice from Secretary re:- Club Social Functions: -

The club is entering a busy period so I have noted below some dates for your information.

The Presentation evening is on Saturday 2nd November commencing at 6.30pm

There are Private Functions booked for the club on the evenings of Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of November.

The Sportsman's Dinner is on Saturday 16th November

There is a Private Function on the afternoon of Sunday 24th November

The Little Black Dress night is on Saturday 30th November

There is a Private Function on the evening of Friday 6th December.

10th October 2019 A message from Jean Little, our social convenor

Cabaret Night, 19th October - Cancelled.  -  Unfortunately due to lack of numbers we have had to cancel our Cabaret Night planned for Saturday 19 Oct
We are sorry to disappoint all those who like myself were looking forward to our first Winter Event
Hopefully there will be more support for future events during the winter months

Tuesday 1st October

Club Closing   The club closing day is this Saturday.  If you are playing it is 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start.  Grey's and whites or club colours is the dress code.   There will be a buffet following the game and members are welcome to utilise the bar thereafter.

Following the club closure would members please remove all bags and clothing from the changing room.   This is to minimise the possibility of dampness effecting your gear as items left over the winter  tend to attract mould.

Presentation Night   If you wish to attend on the 2nd November please add your name to the list on the notice board.  The cost of £10 requires to be paid by 19th October to allow us to finalise the catering arrangement and organise the seating plan.  Payments will be accepted at the closing day.

We have been asked if non members can attend.  This is possible but names would be required by the 19th October.

Saturday 28th September

Those of you who could not attend this afternoon's Auld Yins v The Rest have missed an excellent day where everyone enjoyed a game played in the traditional way - everyone was a winner. But crucially, the seniors captain had immense pleasure in presenting the runners-up wooden spoon to the captain of the "Junior" team. We hope to see you all next year when those with a little bit less experience will be trying to wrest the main trophy back from this years champions. ((Note: we won by a whopping margin of 1 shot (across the board) after 16 ends of intense but enjoyable competition))

Tuesday 24th September

Andy Kyle posted the following notice:- "I have just received a notification from Bowls Scotland confirming that I have been successfully re-elected as District Secretary for District 20 for the next 6 years".
Andy added the following comment, "It has been an honour and privilege to serve the district in this manner and I will continue to do so as long as I am able".

Monday 16 September

On Sunday afternoon 15 senior members took part in the annual Dan Turner Memorial Trophy competition. A new attraction this year was that all players knocked out in the first round re-entered into a Consolation competition, and this was a welcome and successful innovation into this afternoon's game. John Taylor, in his first year as a senior, won the Dan Turner Trophy by beating John Campbell in the final and Dave McIntyre beat Fraser Gillespie in the final of the consolation competition. Everyone enjoyed the hospitality and meal supplied by the senior's committee. Senior Convener Andy Kyle thanked the three ladies who attended to all our needs both in the bar and kitchen areas and to all the players who helped make the day a very successful one which was enjoyed by everyone.

14 September at 19:57

The G. Low Nominated Mixed Pairs Competition took place this afternoon. This competition was first played in 1985 and was formerly one of the most enjoyable days in the bowling diary but for the last four years it did not find a place in the calendar of events but it was reintroduced this year and will hopefully remain as one of the favourite mixed events at the club. The winners today were Ian and Shona Chisholm who defeated Bill Andrew and Vi Shaw in the final. My thanks go to the players who enjoyed their participation, the gents who organised the day and to the ladies who rounded off the day with a lovely snack tea. Hope to see you all again at next year's game. 😁George

10 September at 20:43

Come On all you "Over 55's (gents). Maybe your last chance to win a trophy this year - get your name down for the "Dan Turner Trophy" on Sunday 15th Sept. (but make sure your driver is available to get you home!) Names by Friday at latest.

10 September at 20:34

The Seniors "Bob Telford" Points Competition.

Jock Black has a 7 points lead this year with 3 days to go. (competition finishes on Thursday 19th Sept). Robt Murray is in 2nd place, with Alex Wilson and John Jarvie 6 points further back. 😁

7 September at 21:49

Congratulations to this year’s champions in the following disciplines:

Kyle Trophy -    John Campbell

Gents Jubilee – John McHutchison

Champ of Champs - Logie Armstrong.

Club Pairs - John Taylor & Derek Phillips.

10 September at 19:23

😢Bad News, I'm afraid. NEWMILNS visitation has been CANCELLED. They have unfortunately an insufficient number of players to make it a viable proposition this year as it clashes with their "September Weekend" holiday break. We'll hopefully have them as our guests next spring/summer.

5 September at 15:54

Well Done Jim Purves. He is our 2019 Senior Champion after beating Ian Chisholm in the Final this afternoon.

4 September at 17:56

McMeekin Trophy Final

Ian Chisholm was on top form this afternoon and had a comfortable win over Dave McIntyre. Don't forget, he is back in action in the Senior's Championship final tomorrow against Jim Purves - 1.30pm start.

1 September at 19:50


Congratulations to Logie Armstrong and Helen Orr, our two champions for 2019. Also to Graham Gillespie and John McHutchison in the Nominated Pairs, Janie Kyle in the Ladies Handicap and Alex Wilson & Jim Purves in the Senior Pairs.


1 September at 19:57


Dave McIntyre and Ian Chisholm will play the final of the McMeekin Handicap on Wednesday 4th Sept and the following day Ian will play Jim Purves in the senior championship final. Come along and support your favourites. Both games will start at 1.30pm.                       

24 August at 18:24

It was another successful afternoon for the club when our triple of Derek Phillips, Gavin Chisholm and Graham Gillespie won their match to qualify for the FINAL of the MBA championships, which will be played at Coatbridge green next Saturday (31/8) against Coatbridge Victoria. Keep it up lads, you deserve it, and there's still some room on our Honours Board.


The competitions committee have decided that due to our Gent's Triples participation in the FINAL of the Monklands Association Championships at Coatbridge Old Green on Saturday 31st August (2.00pm) there will be NO CLUB FINALS played at Caldercraig this Saturday.

Presentation Night

There is a notice in the club re the presentation night which will take place on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at a cost of ten pounds per person.    If you wish to attend please record your name on the form in the club and arrange payment to the treasurer.

16th August: There were mixed fortunes in the final night of the 2019 Lanarkshire League this evening. At home, our Division 4 team won 4-2 in a rain affected match against Blackwood and we think that this was sufficient to win the league and gain promotion to Division 3 but the result will have to be confirmed by the League Secretary. Our 2nd team, playing in Division 15 needed to win their game at Uddingston to avoid relegation but unfortunately they failed after a season of poor results.

It was confirmed today (27th August) by the League Secretary that we have been awarded the League Championship


14th August: Having already won the Airdrie League's Knock-out trophy the gents progressed to the final of the Airdrie & Coatbridge Leagues Challenge Trophy and last night they had success over Dunbeth BC by winning 3-0. This is the first time since 2015 that the club has won this trophy. WELL DONE the players.

Club Mixed Triples - Sat 4th May 2019

The Club Mixed Triples played on Saturday was a big success with a full compliment of 36 players / 12 teams taking part. The final was played between the teams of Jim Purves, Elaine Moxen and Robert Murray and Robert Ferguson. Helen Orr and Bobby Wallace with the team of Jim, Elaine and Robert winning the day - well done. A Big Thankyou to our sponsors for the day and to everyone who brought food and helped serve and clean up, to the bar staff and to everyone who took part or came to watch - thanks for the continued support.


Bowlathon Trophy - Sat 27th April 2019

27 memebers took part in what is always an enjoyable format with the winners being the team made up of David McIntyre, Willie Shields, Robert Murray and Ailie Allan - well done.

A BIG THANKS to all who played and to those who came along to watch.


Mathieson Paterson Charity Trophy - Sat 20th April 2019

25 members took part in this competition in glorious sunshire with the winners being Gordon Arbuckle, Willie Shields, John Oliver and subsistute Jim McAllister.

A BIG THANKS to all who took part and who helped on the day - much appreciated.


Club Opening Day - Sat 13th April 2019

Our Club Opening Day on Saturday was a great success with 38 people taking to the green to contest the Chairman's Trophy which was eventually won by Ross Busby, Jim Mac and John Oliver.  Approx. 60 people enjoyed a good meal and then a great Cabaret Evening with Craig Swan.

A BIG THANKS to everyone who helped Before and On the Day - much appreciated.



























30 May 2018Bowls Scotland Senior Championships

WELL DONE, JIM PURVES on reaching the Final of Bowls Scotland over 55's Singles Competitiuon for District 20. The Final will be played on Coatbridge Victoria on Wednesday 6th June @ 1.30pm.

NOTE:  Jim qualified for the National Finals at Northfield with a fine win over his Victoria opponent on 6th June.

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