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Swindon Bats Sports & Social Club for Visually Impaired People

Tony Martin Bowling Challenge 2018

After the success of last year’s event, another Tony Martin Bowling Challenge was organised by the Zurich Community Trust for Thursday, 29 November. As usual we all gathered at Tenpin Swindon at 6.30 pm to take part in this event. 

There were six teams of five players which consisted of a mixture of Swindon Bats, Zurich and Capita members.  Two games were played with a short interval between games so that players could replenish their glasses.

Sighted players were asked to wear simulation glasses for frames 4, 5, 6 and 7, and one or two decided to play blindfolded.  There was a lot of excitement when strikes and spares were scored, and everyone had a good time. 

Meet the teams:

Capita:                  Mark, Jordan and Chloe (Capita), Georgia and Stuart (Swindon Bats).

Capita/ZCT:         Julie, Pete and Rachel (Capita/ZCT), Diana and Sue (Swindon Bats).

Zurich 1:               David, Ross, and Connor (Zurich), Tracey and Andrea (Swindon Bats).

Zurich 2:               Richard, Jameson, Tony and Rory (Zurich), Glynn (Swindon Bats).

Zurich 3:               Diane, Lucie, Sam, and Rob (Zurich), Shaun (Swindon Bats).

Zurich 4:               Emma, Ruth, Vicki, and Pam (Zurich), Pat (Swindon Bats).


And the winners were!!

Capita won the trophy for winning the tournament.

Shaun won the trophy for the highest scoring member of Swindon Bats.

Jordan won the trophy for the highest scoring corporate member.

Thank you to Shannon and Pam for organising the event – here’s to doing it all again next year.

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Bats Strikers Achieve 2nd Place in National Summer Doubles Finals!

Bats Strikers came second in the National Finals - click here to read the full report


Sponsored Bowlathon 2018

On 10 October 7 of our members took part in a sponsored bowlathon to raise money for Swindon Bats.  The preparation for this event has been going on for some time with players recruiting sponsors from their friends and families, all wishing to raise as much money as they can.

The day arrived and all participants turned up at Tenpin Swindon, Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DN, at 12 noon and were excited to get started.  Play began at around 12.30 pm.

Players were asked to play as many games as they felt able to so 3 played 10 games, 2 played 8, 1 7, and 1 4.  Play finished at about 5 pm with the remaining bowlers feeling very tired but exhilarated by what they had achieved. 

The total pinfall from all 7 bowlers was 6434 and an estimated total of £700 has been raised.

Thank you to Tenpin Swindon for their support of this event – it is very much appreciated.



Game Glynn Stuart Diana Sue Georgia Jane Shaun
1 123 121 85 84 175 100 109
2 84 155 74 83 153 105 131
3 125 142 74 123 107 107 150
4 109 125 65 110 105 117 149
5 101 123 X 77 106 117 162
6 112 112 X 75 99 118 123
7 91 114 X 65 121 95 122
8 103 145 X 100 143 X 122
9 X X X 104 108 X 154
10 X X X 107 110 X 115
Total Games 8 8 4 10 10 7 10
Total Pinfall 848 1037 298 928 1227 759 1337
Average 106 130 75 93 123 108 134


Great Western Hotel Staff v Swindon Bats

The staff of the Great Western Hotel took on Swindon Bats at tenpin bowling on 8 October at Tenpin Swindon.  It was arranged that everyone would arrive at between 6.30 and 6.45 pm so that shoes could be changed and balls selected ready to begin playing at 7 pm.

Everyone arrived and were excited to begin the match.  The first game began at around 7 pm and the staff of the Great Western Hotel were asked to wear simulation glasses for frames 4, 5, 6, and 7 which they agreed to do.  Some of the staff members tried bowling wearing a blindfold and managed to score better.  How does that happen?!

We had a short break after game 1 for glasses to be refilled and facilities to be used.  At this stage the score was Swindon Bats 4, Great Western Hotel 0. 

Game 2 began with lots of banter as strikes and spares were scored.  Again the Great Western Hotel staff wore simulation glasses during frames 4, 5, 6 and 7.  The final score was Swindon Bats 8, Great Western Hotel 0.  Shaun managed to be the highest scorer for the Bats and Mark scored highest for the Great Western Hotel. 

Everyone had a good time and we hope to have a re-match some time in the new year.  These were the teams:

Great Westen Hotel – Gavin M, Gavin G, Mark, Vikki, Jana, Dorota, Mgan and James.

Swindon Bats – Diana, Sue, Tracey, Charlotte, Glynn, Shaun, Georgia and Pat.

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10 Pin Match v Zurich Community Trust

20th September 2018

Wow, What a Match!

It was with great anticipation that, on 20 September 2018, a team from Swindon Bats met with a team from the Zurich Community Trust to play tenpin bowling.  We arrived between 6.30 and 6.45 pm ready to change shoes, get drinks and select balls for the match.

The fun began at around 7 pm with game one of two being played.  There was lots of excitement as strikes and spares were bowled.  During frames 4, 5, 6 and 7 the Zurich team were required to wear simulation glasses so that they were able to get a feel for what bowling with various eye conditions is like. 

After a short interval to refill glasses, game 2 began with more excitement and plenty of banter.  More strikes and spares were bowled and the final score was Swindon Bats 6, Zurich Community Trust 2.  Trophies were presented to the highest scorer of each team – Andrew for Zurich Community Trust who scored 132, and Shaun for Swindon Bats who scored 176.  Congratulations to both.

Thank you to Ollie and his team for organising this very successful event – a very good time was had by all.

Click here for the photographic evidence!


David Bindon

David Bindon on Ridgeway Night Walk in 2005 David Bindon on Ridgeway Night Walk in 2005

On Wednesday, 29 August 2018, members attended the funeral of one of our dearest friends and volunteer, David Bindon, who sadly passed away on 2 August having been ill for some time.


David was a Pin Spotter for our bowlers for several years and was always fun to have around.  He joked about the fact that he often lost when bowling against visually impaired people. 

David was happy to help with anything and designed and built two guide rails for the use of our bowlers.  These guide rails help totally blind bowlers to line up accurately before taking their shot.

David will be sadly missed by all who knew him – rest in peace David, we’ll never forget you.


NBTBA Winter Trios 2018/2019 - Fixtures Announced

The NBTA Winter Trios teams and fixtures have been announced.

Click here for full details


We've done it again!

One of our teams playing in the National Blind Tenpin Bowling Association's Summer Doubles competition has made it through to the finals.

Bats Strikers (Georgia, Stuart and Russ) will take part in the national finals on Saturday, 10 November 2018 in Wigan, and we hope they will be successful.

Good luck guys, but, most of all, enjoy the weekend.

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Tom Ferguson Memorial Competition 2018-19

Tom was a jolly Scotsman who could always put a smile on our faces. He enjoyed tenpin bowling and was very disappointed when he had to give it up in 2015. He was a very popular member of Swindon Bats.

The competition for 2018-19 started on 6th June with a new handicapping system.  The handicaps are recalculated every week resulting in a closer competition.

Click here for the Rules and League Table

NBTBA Summer Doubles 2018

Summer is coming and the NBTBA Doubles competition will soon be starting with our first match being played on 25 April.

  Click here for the full details


It's getting so crowded here that we have had to start an archive page.

Re-live highlights from our history!

Click here to visit the page.



A 'Useful Links' page has been added to our site.  Click here to visit the page.

Monday Club

The Monday Club meets once a fortnight for chat, a cuppa and fun and games. Dates for 2018 can be found on our activities page.



Free membership to the Registered Blind or Visually Impaired.


Sighted Volunteers Needed!


At present the club only has two sighted volunteers to help as Pin Spotters when we play tenpin bowling. Pin Spotters tell us what pins we have knocked down and which ones remain standing. They also help with finding balls and putting them away again. They may also be required to guide someone who does not see well enough to find their way around. If you are available for a few hours on Wednesday afternoons and would like to help and make new friends, please contact us.



Swindon Bats are just like you,
The only difference is what we view,
We’re men & women with different levels of sight,
Anything from an impairment to dark as night,
We often meet for coffee go on outings and trips,
Learn about new technology and share useful tips,
We have a wide range of ages from 18 to mature,
Using guide dog’s white canes to sticks and more,
But the best thing of all is we Tenpin Bowl every week,
In a national blind league True as we speak,
We’ve been National Champions more than once come 2nd and 3rd too,
We often win medals, and cups well we’ve won a few,
We bowl against local companies like Zurich and Nationwide,
Capita Lloyds Bank and others besides,
It’s all for fun to show how life still goes on,
Despite our disability when God’s mould went wrong,
So if life sometimes seems tough unfair and unkind,
Pick up a Bowling Ball as it works for the Blind.

Good Luck!

The Blind Poet

Simon B



Last Updated: 12th December 2018

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