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Pen-Y-Coed Petanque

Petanque Boule Shop

and Mail Order Sales Office
Up Street, Bardwell,
Nr, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 
IP31 1AA



Tel 01359 250829

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Updated 20th September 2021

Our shop is open for customer visits and of course you can still order by telephone and e mail and we will be happy to help.



If you have any questions we will be happy to help as always. If you prefer to make an appointment then these can be made by telephone or e mail to the usual contact details.


Phil and Marion

If you have any questions please contact us on  01359 250829 or email




23rd to 26th  CEP Mens European Triples Albertville France


24th National Youth Squad Day Henlow

25th****CLASSIC PETANQUE OPEN MENS DOUBLES! moved to 17th October***


25th Norman Guest Pairs The Cottage Thunder Road Norwich on Saturday 25th September. 1pm for a 1:30 coche off. 4 timed games, winner decided by most wins then points difference. £3 entry per person. Pre-register please via email at Please bring a raffle prize.


26th Petanque England Squad day TBC


26thBob Bruce Memorial Pairs Great Ellingham Norfolk Registration 10.30 for a 11.0 start Pre enter advised as entry limited to 24 teams.  Adults £2.50 Juniors £1.00 Format 5 x 45 min timed games. Prizes Wine or Chocolate for 1st2nd and 3rd. Raffle All proceeds from the raffle to East Anglian Childrens Hospice. Further details or to enter contact


28thPetanque with Pride Norwich Petanque Club The Cottage Thunder Road NR7 0JD Norwich PC are hosting a special LGBTQ+ session on Tuesday 28th September from 18:30! Will be a great social and of course the chance to have a game of Pétanque with all equipment, some advice and training on offer. And it's free! Come and join us for Pétanque With Pride if you're in the community or an ally! A chance to socialise and play Petanque LGBGQ+ Starts at 6.30 till 8.15 contact For more information


2nd Inaugural Mark Barlow Memorial Open Triples competition at the stunning Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on Saturday 2nd October.

Limited to 64 teams. Book now and secure your place for this unique competition at an iconic venue.  Entry £30 per team 9.30 Start of Play  £3000 prize pot spread across all levels. A unique opportunity to play an open petanque competition at the iconic Sir Christopher Wren designed UNESCO World heritage site. Entries to  Old Royal Naval College Greenwich SE10 9NN


SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER Woodcocks, Burton Lane End, Saxilby Road,

Lincoln LN1 2BE  Registration:  9.45 a.m.            Start of play:  10.00 a.m.          

The competition format is 5 games run on a ‘snake’ system – wins and points difference to decide winner and placings. 

There will only be a play-off if the top two teams have identical wins and points difference.

Entry fee:   £6.00 per person (£12.00 per adult team)

Any player under 18 on the day of the competition: free


The event is limited to 32 teams. Entries to: Liz Mann, ‘Bethany’, School Lane, Willingham, Gainsborough, DN21 5LA  Email:       

Cheques payable to Lincoln Branleys Pétanque Club or pay on the day.

Should you wish to stay overnight, there is a 38-bedroom lodge on site at Woodcocks, bookings through

Tea and coffee and a full breakfast are available inside the pub.  Pub management are more than happy for you to bring your own food for lunch (and this is probably preferable, as they have a very busy lunch trade on Sundays and there is usually a long wait),

NOTE; All alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises MUST be bought at the bar.

The club has a no-smoking policy on the terrain.

3rd National Youth Squad Doubles Ickleford PC

3rd Gin Trap Charity Pairs Open Anglia Event Burwell PC Burwell Ex-Service & Social Club 21 The Causeway Burwell CB25 0DU. All proceeds this year will be donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice in memory of Peter Reed the steward of the Burwell Club and long time supporter of the Burwell Petanque Club , Anglia Petanque Association and the Newmarket Petanque League.

Entry £10.00 per pair. Prizes for 1st2nd place This is an Anglia Petanque Association event but is open to all comers NO LICENCE REQUIRED Registration 9.15 to 9.30 for 9.45 start Limited to 18 pairs therefore pre entry is advisable Raffle prizes would be appreciated.

If you are unable to take part donations would be very welcome

Lunches:       Bar open & Barbeque at Lunchtime (TBC)

Entries to :    Richard Green, 10 Cere Road, Sprowston, Norwich  NR7 8JU


NB : Entries close 12 noon Thursday 30 September

Entry limited to 18 pairs

3rdWorthing Autumn Doubles Worthing Petanque Club. West Worthing Tennis & Squash Club Titnore Way Worthing  W. Sussex BN13 3RT

Registration from 9.30 Start time 10.00 am. League in the morning and then knockout. Entry £8 per player £1.00 for juniors.  

Entries in advance.  Contact: Dave Sutherland email

7th to 10th CEP Male Youth and Espoirs European Triples Santa Susanna Spain CANX

7th to 10th CEP Female Youth and Espoirs European Triples Santa Susanna Spain CANX

9th Petanque England Veteran National Doubles Rainworth

10th Petanque England Veteran Champions of Champion Doubles Rainworth

17th Petanque England Women’s Squad day TBC

17thCLASSIC PETANQUE OPEN MENS DOUBLES! at Worthing Petanque Club. Saturday 25th September Worthing Pétanque Club West Worthing Tennis & Squash Club Titnore Way Worthing  W. Sussex BN13 3RT

Registration up to from 9.30 Start time 10.00 am. League in the morning and then Barrage and knockout. Max 40 Teams Cash prizes.

Entry £25 per team.  

Entries in advance.  Contact: Dave Plumhoff  ********Note new date*******

30th Two day Triples events celebrating Anglia 40th Anniversary 1981-2021 Open Triples Lingwood Village Hall Lingwood Norfolk NR13 4AZ on the weekend of the 30th & 31st October.

Entry is limited to 48 teams and as it is an Open competition no licences are required to play in it. Entry per team is £60 per team and entry fee includes a £5 per player food voucher which can be used to purchase refreshments at the Social Club and the rest of the entry monies will be returned as cash prizes.

Play will commence at 12 noon on the Saturday and the format will be leagues and knockout. Licenced bar, BBQ and Catering facilities on site.

Pre entry by 20th October please to Peter Astle 55 Primrose Way Bradwell Great Yarmouth NR31 8UY email

31st Anglia 40th Anniversary Open Triples Continued Lingwood Village Hall Lingwood Norfolk

31stAdur PC Halloween Open Doubles on Sunday 31st October. Impulse Leisure Centre, Old Shoreham Road, Lancing BN15 0PH.

£8 per player £4 juniors. Leagues & knockout. Timed Games Cash prizes. Fancy Dress optional.

Registration from 8.15 to 8.45 for a 9.00 am start. ( Leisure centre closing early ) BBQ available or bring your own. Tea and Coffee available all day for £1.00 bring your own mug Entries to


4th to 7th FIPJP Womens World Triples Championships Ayutthaya Thailand

4th to 7th FIPJP Youth World Triples Championships Ayutthaya Thailand

7th Nottingham Firecracker Triples

14th Men’s Open Rainworth



2nd to 5th CEP EuroCup Finals Saint Yrieix France


Please check with organiser's as competitions are subject to change and maybe limited on numbers or licence holders only

PS  Keep an eye on our page of the month as the fixtures will soon be coming in thick and fast for the tournaments next year. If you are organising competitions please let us know and we will put them on our site free of charge.

Also has all the coaching tips featured on these pages from the past


This new section is designed to promote clubs and their activities as well as contacts.

The Carnoustie Petanque Club, situated at The Aboukir Hotel, 38 Ireland Street, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland DD7 6AT (entrance off Arbroath Road).
Affiliated to the Scottish Petanque Association.
The Club playing times are: Tuesdays & Thursdays  2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Visitors welcome.
Contacts are: Chairman- Harry Ritchie, tel; 01241-852281    e-mail:
                Secretary John Davidson, tel: 01241-853666   e-mail:

If you would like your club here please ask. During holidays petanque players love to pop into local clubs to have a game or two!

Welcome to March 2021 coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.


The choice of boule.


To find the right set of boule for your individual requirements there are several factors to consider. With the different types of boule shown in our catalogue and on our website there are thousands of possible variations. Before you select your boule you will need to know which Diameter, Weight, Pattern and hardness you require.




Every competition set of boule has a diameter. This is not marked on the boule so can be tricky to remember but can be measured in our shop if you have found a good size for you. The FIPJP ( Federation Internationale de Petanque et Jeu Provencal ) allows diameters from 70.5 to 80 mm. The diameter required depends mainly on the size of the players hand and just a little on the use the player will put the boule to. Ladies, Juniors and players with small hands generally prefer diameters from 71 to 73 mm. This can vary and we have a hand size chart in our catalogue which we can post to you on request. In the past pointers have favoured smaller diameters as they felt they will make smaller targets if being shot. Meanwhile shooters lean towards bigger boule in the hope they will hit the target boule easier. This is a matter of debate however the right size of boule to your hand will allow you to deliver the boule with accuracy whatever shot you are trying to carry out. Size is very important so as mentioned please ask for a hand size chart for a guide.



The weight of a competition boule is clearly stamped on a boule. If you are trying other players boule make sure the size is correct for you first otherwise it may led to an incorrect choice of weight. Weight tends to be a personal preference but there is no point choosing a boule that is so heavy you cannot reach long jacks with. The FIPJP allows weights from 650 to 800grms. Pointers, as mentioned earlier, prefer small boule but they also like to use heavy boule. These tend to take a straighter path upon landing when they hit rough ground. For shooting, the tendency is to use lighter boule, this gives an advantage when shooting boule to boule as the distance of throwing is often 9 to 10M, this can be easier with a lighter boule and does not result in tiredness during competition play. Shooters prefer weights from 680 to 710 g.


In general, new players tend to use an average weight of between 690 to 720 g unless they feel the need to specialise.



Mainly used for identification by new players and some players like the grip it gives on a shiny new boule. Once the boule have been worn in they will have plenty of grip whether plain or patterned. Generally, for shooting, the boule should have few or no stripes (the boule can be released smoothly from the hand) i.e. pattern 0 or plain. For pointing, more stripes can give greater control but many players who point use a plain boule. Generally pointers will use patterns 0 and 1.


Hardness   2 types of boule.


In the past manufactures produced many types of hardness from Hard to Very soft. Now the choice has moved to two levels of hardness.


Soft :  Between 110  and 112kg/mm The annealed boule give a greater absorption of impact when shooting, giving the boule a tendency to carreau more often when hitting boule. This is the reason shooters prefer soft boule but they do wear quickly. They can also be useful when pointing on hard pistes as they absorb the landing of the boule on high lobs.


Semi Soft :  115 kg/mm The hardness of the metal prevents wear on the boule, however, the boule is left in a semi soft state to help absorb the impact of a shot and thus remain in the head. Pointers like these boule because they can last longer than soft boule as they resist the wear when pointing with a lot of backspin. This is also why middle players in triples prefer semi soft boule.



If the above details are taken in the order given, you will generally find pointers will choose a semi soft boule in a small size and heavy weight with some stripes. i.e. 72 mm 710grms with a pattern. A shooter may choose a larger, lighter boule, i.e.  75 mm 690grms with little pattern. The main rule is to choose a boule you are comfortable with, if you require any clarification or assistance in boule selection feel free to ask your local boule supplier and they will be happy to help and advise.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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