Club News and Information

23 July 2017

VOLBC Annual Open Fours Competition

After a day of terrific competition a four from Maitland BC came out on top against Alan Crichton's Vale rink (George Allan, Kenny Crichton, Iain Mulholland and Alan Crichton) in the final. The day was marred by some heavy showers but it was largely dry and thankfully the weather was not nearly as bad as had been forecast. The greens held up well throughout.

The competition started just after 10.00 and continued until after 21.00 in the evening. Fittingly, for our 150th Anniversary year, this was one of the biggest club competitions for many years with 128 players making up the 32 rinks who participated. I doubt that there has been anything approaching this in the shire in the last 20 years. It was good to see entries from so many clubs from across the country. We had two rinks from Edinburgh, four from Cumbernauld/Condorrat, two from Fife and two from from Lochgilphead plus teams from the DAC, Campsie, Radnor, OK and other local clubs.

Four sections of eight teams played seven sectional matches with the winners of each section playing off in the semi finals and final. The prize money of £1600 was shared between the final four teams. Thanks to Alan McGowan for his help with sponsorship and to the committee for their efforts in organising this and ensuring that the tournament flowed throughout the day. Congratulations to Maitland BC on their win.

Vale of Leven Open fours winners Maitland BC
President James Crichton presents the winning four from Maitland BC with the trophy .



12 July 2017

Results Update

2017 Centenary Trophy 

1- Rock 12+82 (14+80) 
2- VoL 12+29 (12+22)
3- Renton 8+38 (8+22)
4- Eastfield 8+13 (8-3)
5- Dumbuck 8+3
6- Argyle 4-3 (4-25) 
7- Dumbarton 4-11
8- Dixon 4-29
9- Townend 4-33
10-Brock 2-17
(Final totals in brackets) 

2017 DAC Silver Salver (game 6 of 10)

1- Rock 69+182
2- Renton 64+247
3- VoL 59+142
4- Argyle 42+19
5- Eastfield 42-38
6- Dumbuck 40-52
7- Brock 37-45
8- Dumbarton 29-149
9- Dixon 26-148
10-Townend 24-162 

League Trophy Results 10/7/17

VoL 74 Brock 50
Renton 67 Dumbarton 57
Townend 40 Rock 78
Dixon 53 Argyle 65

Section A Standings

VoL 6+39
Renton 4+41
Brock 4+12
Dumbarton 2-21
Dumbuck 0-71

Section B Standings

Rock 6+116
Argyle 6+19
Eastfield 2+8
Dixon 2-13
Townend 0-130

Last round of games are on Monday 24th July 6:45pm


26 June 2017

Results Update

2017 Norrie Stephen Memorial Trophy 

1- Renton 12+78 (12+71)
2- Rock 11+20 (11+12)
3- VoL 10+53 (10+38)
4- Argyle 6+31 (6+11)
5- Eastfield 6-7 (6-19)
6- Dumbuck 6-10
7- Dixon 5-1
8- Townend 4-20
9- Brock 4-37
10- Dumbarton 4-41
(Full scores in brackets) 

2017 DAC Silver Salver(game 4 of 10)

1- Renton 45+207
2- Rock 44+82
3- VoL 36+96
4- Argyle 30+27
5- Eastfield 28-21
6- Brock 26-50
7- Dumbuck 25-32
8- Dumbarton 21-114
9- Dixon 15-89
10-Townend 14-119


12 June 2017

VOLBC Two Bowl Pairs

Congratulations to Jim McDonald and Colin Cosham on winning the two bowl pairs on Sunday 11 June. Commiserations to beaten finalists Graeme Davidson and David Winslow.


Results Update

Strathleven Rosebowl

1- Renton 12+69 (16+78)
2- Rock 8+48 (8+25)
3- VoL 8+36 (8+4)
4- Brock 8+6
5- Argyle 8 +/-0 (8-23)
6- Dumbuck 7+7
7- Eastfield 5+2 (5-11) 
8- Townend 4-8
9- Dumbarton 4-34
10- Dixon 0-45 

(Full scores in brackets) 

2017 DAC Silver Salver (game 3 of 10)

1- Renton 33+136
2- Rock 33+70
3- VoL 26+58
4- Argyle 24+16
5- Eastfield 22-2 
6- Brock 22-13
7- Dumbuck 19-22
8- Dumbarton 17-73
9- Dixon 10-78
10-Townend 10-89 


20 May 2017

Vale of Leven Bowling Club 150th Anniversary

Open Fours Tournament Saturday 22nd July


2016 open fours winners

This is special tournament being held as part of the celebration of our 150th anniversary. With a prize pot of £1600 this year we expect high demand for entry forms so get yours in as soon as you can. If you would like to enter a team contact any director or call 01389 752330.

Sponsored by Castle Rock Minibus Services


7 May 2017

Yesterday saw the first of the club's domestic competitions completed when the rink consisting of Alex Keiller, Dee Mitchell. Tom McCrae and Ian Dennett won the the Open Qualifying tournament by beating Stuart Thompson's rink by one shot in the final.

The "Open Qualifier", which doubles as the club fours tournament, is always a popular fixture. This year 16 rinks participated in glorious sunshine but the old guys proved to be the strongest despite having to play a total of around 47 ends over the day.

Well done to them in winning the Arthur Tatlow Cup.

Opening of the green


11 April 2017

The opening day on our 150th anniversary on Saturday 8 April was a fantastic occasion. The weather was as good as it gets for this time of year and the club was full to capacity with members and guests.

President of VOLBC

After the speeches the green was opened in the traditional way by Jacqueline Crichton, wife of President James Crichton. The ladies in the party were then presented with their bouquets of flowers by our lovely flower girl, Isobel Rennie.

Opening of the green

President James welcomed an encouraging seven new members who were presented with their membership on the green.

Before commencing the opening game the members who were present gathered on the green for a photograph to commemorate the 150th Anniversary. This will eventually be framed and displayed on the wall of the lounge. Both greens were full for the opening game of nine ends, which was played in shirt sleeves this year in the beautiful weather.

The new patio area proved very popular in the sunshine and it is clearly going to be well used when the weather is kind to us.

Lawn bowlers clebrating

After the game the celebrations continued in the lounge where the large crowd were entertained by Colin Mac who kept things going until closing time.

It was clear from the feedback of the members that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and the fact that it all went so well is largely due to the hard work by the committee during the last few weeks. Our thanks are due to all who contributed to what was a really successful and special occasion.

You can view a large selection of images from the opening day by clicking the link below.

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15 March 2017

Lounge Entertainment Saturday 18 March

Come along and enjoy our fantastic singer, Eileen, in the lounge on Saturday evening from 8 till late.


New Patio and Barbecue Area

A new patio and Barbecue area has been created and it's looking great. Thanks to Alan McGowan who donated the benches in memory of his mum and dad, Ian and Rena. We are also grateful to Irwin Barnes, the Project Manager and George Allan who helped build the benches assisted by SL Timber.

A barbecue will also be provided before the start of the season.

Bowling Club Patio



Bowling Club Patio


Bowling Club Patio


9 March 2017

The fixture card for our 150th Anniversary year is now available

2017 Fixture Card



23 February 2017

club badges

This year's special 150th Anniversary opening day will be on Saturday 8th April. The greens will be opened at 14.00. A large turnout is requested for this special occasion.

President James has requested that all members wear the full uniform of grey trousers, blazer, white shirt and club tie for this occasion as it is planned to have a picture taken of all the members who are present. This will be similar to the image that was taken for the 125 year celebration, which can be seen on the wall in the lounge next to the door. It would be nice to have as many as possible included in this image as it will be displayed in the clubhouse for very many years to come.

Lounge Entertainment Saturday 25 February

Popular local band Simple October will be appearing in the lounge on Saturday evening from around 8pm. Why not come along for a great evening and enjoy free entertainment from one of the best bands around.

Simple October


10 February 2017

Our annual Burns Supper took place in the clubhouse on Friday 10th February. This was our 23rd supper, a very popular event and it continues to go from strength to strength. The members and guests who attended enjoyed a very entertaining evening which included a traditional meal provided and served by Robert Mills' Venue Catering team.

David McDonald was the chairman for the evening and the Immortal Memory was proposed by John McKenzie. This was followed by very entertaining toasts, readings, music, sangs and clatter.

The program is shown below along with a link to an image gallery from the evening.

Apologies for the quality of the images. These were all taken by mobile phones as I forgot to take my camera. If anyone has additional images of reasonable quality feel free to send them to me (Bryan Weir)


Burns supper programme front

Burns Supper Programme

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 03 February 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held a week on 13th Feb at 19.30 in the clubhouse. The standard notification is in the Lennox Herald but they have mistakenly published it in the diary pages. A large turnout of members is requested.


Upcoming Entertainment

Saturday 4th February - In Lounge 20.00 to Late

Jaikets forGoalposts


Saturday 11th February - Fun Quiz Night In Lounge 19.30

Boqling club Quiz Night


1 February 2017 - Silver Salver Fixtures for 2017

Burgh Cup - Sat 13th May
Kirkwood Bowl - Sat 27th May
Syd Walters Triples - Mon 5th June
Strathleven Rosebowl - Sat 10th June
Norrie Stephen Mem. - Sat 24th June
Centenary Trophy - Sat 8th July
Ballantine Shield Pairs - Mon 17th July
McFarlane Trophy - Mon 31st July
Wm. Denny Shield - Sat 5th August
China Cup Sat - 12th Aug

League Trophy Fixture Dates

1 - Mon 8th May
2 - Mon 22nd May
3 - Mon 19th June
4 - Mon 10th July
5 - Mon 24th July

* Please Note : All clubs will only play on 4 of the 5 dates with the League Final on Mon 7th August at a neutral venue.

Other Dates of Note

Five Fours

DABC v G&DBA - Sunday April 30th at Vale of Leven B.C.

DABC v K&DBA - Sunday May 14th at Dixon B.C.

C&DBA V DABC - Sunday June 4th at Singer B.C.

Host Game - Friday 14th July 6.30pm for 7pm start at Vale of Leven BC.

Champion of Champions round 1 & 2 - Sat 2nd September at Dixon BC.

Champion of Champion Semi Finals & Final - Sun 3rd Sept at Vale of Leven BC.

DAC Supper - Friday 6th October at Vale of Leven BC


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