Stevenage  Inter - Works  Sports & Social  Organization


Dear Bowls Club Secretaries & Bowlers.

I have had a number of reports that people have been accessing the Bowls Greens at both KGV and Shephalbury. Can you please remind your members that the Greens are closed and the Pavilions have been decommissioned (no water or electric).

If anyone does need to access these areas, for any reason, please put a request in via This is to safeguard Club members and our staff / contractors that are still carrying out works to these sites.

As per the Government and Bowls Association guidelines, we are reviewing the possibility of reopening the greens, but only if it safe to do so. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

Regards Stevenage Borough Council.

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What is S.I.W.S.S.O ?  (We call it "Swisso")

We are twenty lawn bowling teams in two leagues with up to ten players per team. Games are on weekday evenings at 6pm from the 1st May to 21st September.  All teams compete in League Matches, Team Knockouts (K/O's), with members playing Triples K/O's, Doubles K/O's, Mixed Pairs K/O's, and Single Player K/O's.  We have the largest  membership in Hertfordshire of over 200 players, with a following of supporters & spectators.  As we play after work, there is a casual & relaxed atmosphere, with no need to play in whites & greys, just a pair of flat soled shoes & bring a set of woods.  We play at King George V  "Stevenage Town Bowls Club" (Top rink only).  The bar is open most evenings during bowling for the refreshment of players & spectators.

The S.I.W.S.S.O LAWN  BOWLING LEAGUE was first contested in 1954 & team knockouts from 1956.

For more in depth history of SIWSSO Click Here.


Thank you to those of you that gave your input regarding the way forward for this season.  I have attached a collated list of those responses so you can all see each others thoughts and suggestions. 

Bowls England have advised that no bowling should take place for the foreseeable future.  Whilst I appreciate that we are not affliated to them I believe we should not ignore the advice they are giving.  

If,as the govenment are suggesting, we could be over the worst in 12 weeks, that would mean we could begin playing in early July, which would still enable us to play half a league season.  Possibly not enough time to play all comps but should be able to get the team knockout in.

My thoughts are that we sit tight, see how the situation develops and make a decision based on information at that time.  

A large percentage of our members do not fall into the 'at risk groups', If those that do decide not to play then we can manage that  accordingly.

I will continue to keep you posted as necessary, stay safe.


A message from Paul Jaques.

I have been your Secretary & Treasurer since 2008.  At that AGM Greg Warman decided to step down and a suitable replacement was sought from the membership.  Jim Winters (bless him) stated that as I had retired in 2007 and had sweet F.A. to do I would make an excellent replacement.  It didn’t take the room long to agree that was a good idea (milliseconds) and the rest is history.

Over the last ten years we have seen many changes and improvements to the league, and have grow from 12 teams to 20 teams playing in two divisions, with over 200 members.

Teams that have come and gone include Stevenage Police, Plankton Factors, Green Rovers (Buses), Bright Sparks (Electricity Board), Marquis of Lorne, Postels, (GPO), Jackasses, Grasshoppers, John Lewis, Esa, &  Astronuts ( Astrium/Airbus) to name just a few.  Since 1954 most of the industry teams have gone and been taken over by pub & club teams.

We now hire 3 rinks to facilitate all the league and competitions that we play.  The cost to hire a rink in 2008 was £844, the cost this season will be £1206, an increase per year of just under 3%, which is still pretty good value.

The hardest part of the job in the early days was preparing the fixtures and competitions, so I am forever grateful to Loz for joining the team and computerising that side of the job.

Loz is also the brains behind this fantastic Web Site we have which has enabled us to communicate to you all.

Enjoy your bowling and have a great season.

Paul. J


TOTAL 2019 WAS 3170 VISITS up to 14180

TOTAL 2018 WAS 2600 VISITS up to 10010

TOTAL 2017 WAS 2110 VISITS up to 7410

TOTAL 2016 WAS 2100 VISITS up to 5300

TOTAL 2015 WAS  3200 VISITS from start up