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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 2nd July 2020

Our shop is now open on appointment only basis

27thJune. Our petanque shop is now open again after the lockdown. Over the next few weeks we are taking slightly different precautions than normal to safeguard our customers. We are usually a walk in shop but we feel it is only right to change this to appointment only for a while. This will enable us to provide our usual service and care without fear of other customers coming to the shop and having to wait. We appreciate many of our customers travel miles to reach our destination shop. In the past, customers facing a queue have retreated to the Dun Cow Public House across the road but unfortunately they will have different opening hours when they re open on 4th July.


Our shop has toilet and hand washing facilities and we have personal protection equipment to wear when we are serving you. If you require your own personal protection during the shopping visit we ask you to bring it with you.


We understand these are difficult times and over the last few months the level of customer support has surprised us and we thank you all for your kind thoughts.


Once we can return to normal we will let you know and if you have any questions we will be happy to help as always. Appointments 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

2020 PETANQUE COMPETITIONS AND FIXTURES AND CLUB NEWS These dates are all cancelled due to Virus planning situations at local level




5th Anglia Adult / Junior Championship Bob Carter Centre Norwich

11thSherston Boules Festival This year's Boules competition will be held on Saturday 11th July 2020.
Competition entries will open in mid-March.
Loads of activities and events are being planned for the week running up to Competition Day. Further details will be on the dedicated site now, save the date!!

11thto 12th Caerleon RFC PC  Bastille weekend

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2020

The Event:  We are very proud of our Bastille Weekend which has grown from a small in-club event, to a full weekend of cheerful & competitive pétanque.  In the past few years we’ve welcomed players from Finland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden & France as well as Scotland & England – and we now have some folk who book next year’s place as they are leaving on Sunday evening!  We are based at Caerleon RFC, and we honour the competitive, community-focused nature of the Rugby Club in the spirit of our tournament.


11th Saturday 11th July is our Bastille Mêlée: it’s a chance to play with and against different people and make new friends: it’s a fantastic leveller, ideal for beginners and experienced players alike!  We play 4 games, with the legendary mad shooting competition during the break.  French themed fancy dress is encouraged (and rewarded!).  A generous buffet lunch is included, and there is a range of prizes including the coveted “Most Average” prize.  Registration is 10.30am for an 11am start.


12thSunday 12th July is the Caerleon Open Triples:  this is a more competitive but friendly event.  The prize pot is guaranteed at a minimum of £200, with prize money increasing with entries.   If you’d like to play the Triples but don’t have a team let us know and we will fix you up.   Registration is 9.30am for a 10am start.


Both events are unlicensed, so all players are welcome.  The bar will be open from 11am each day.  Please support the club by buying your drinks from the bar: in addition, tea & coffee will be available all day.

We are very lucky that our Bastille Weekend coincides with Caerleon’s well established Big Free weekend which is part of the annual art’s festival   The Hanbury and The Bell pubs run a mini music festival over the weekend (free) with bands playing throughout the evenings.  Both pubs are lovely locations with good beer and food, so it’s a great way to add to your weekend: the hardcore go straight from piste to pub!

How to find us/Transport:  Follow the signs to the Roman fort/amphitheatre, and our club is 50 yards further along - there is plenty of parking.  For those coming from further afield, Caerleon is 4 miles from Newport train station: Bristol & Cardiff airports are both within 30 miles of the Club.  The Club is also on a regular bus route from Newport bus station. 

Accommodation:  There are places to stay in Caerleon including The Priory Hotel and No. 2 Augustan (bar & rooms).  There are also some good options in Newport.  These include the Travelodge and The Queens Wetherspoons hotel in the centre, and University of South Wales Newport Student Village.  There are lots of choices in the area if you have a car, including the chance to stay in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.   

Non-players:  Apart from the joy of watching pétanque (!) any non-players in the party might like to look around historic Caerleon with its Roman amphitheatre and museum.  The town is holding its arts festival over the weekend so there will be events throughout Caerleon.  Further afield, the market towns of Usk and Abergavenny are good to visit, we are near to Blaenavon world heritage site & Big Pit museum, as well as the beautiful Brecon Beacons.


Any questions? search ‘Caerleon RFC Petanque’ or email


Both events are pre-paid entry only

Cheques should be made payable to Caerleon RFC Boules Club and sent to Kon Tomczyk


12th    Anglia Regional Triples Championship & Shooting Burwell

16thto 19thFIPJP Men’s Triples World Championships @ Lausanne, Switzerland

18th & 19th July.Tog24 La British Open 2020. Heckmondwike Petanque club

In association with Northern Petanque

19th Bob Carter Prime Pairs Bob Carter Centre Norwich.

19th St Peter South Elmham Boules Championship 2020 Sunday 19th July 2020 at Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church


Please complete the attached entry form and return to:  Pamela Bonnett, St Peters Cottage, St Peter South Elmham NR35 1NG. (Next door to church) Cheques payable to South Elmham St Peters Church. Cash accepted but please do not post.  BACS accepted this year, please ask for details. No postal acknowledgement of entry will be sent and all information will be sent to the email address specified on the entry form. 



• This is a fun event aimed at all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary.

• Entry Fee £25.00 per team. Closing date for entries 12th July 2020.

• Teams of 4. In each match 3 will be nominated to play and the fourth team member will act as measurer. This can be rotated.

• During the morning a round robin will be played in leagues. During the afternoon the top 2 in each league will play in a knock out competition. Those not in the top 2 will play in a plate knock out competition. 

• Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day.

• A place at the event will not be confirmed until a completed application form and the entry fee is received.

• Metal boules to be used (6 per team.) Please bring your own metal boules. These price from less than £10 for recreational sets to expensive competition boules. Please mark them in such a way that you can identify them. If this causes difficulty please contact us.

• Details of rules and timings will be sent out prior to the event.

• We cannot refund entry fees to teams who have entered but do not eventually take part in the competition. There is a limit of 32 teams for this event.

• Enquiries


26th    Anglia Regional Singles Championship & Shooting Great Ellingham Norfolk

26th Oxshott Open Triples Oxshott Pétanque Club Oxshott Village Sports Club Steels Lane Oxshott, KT22 0RF


26thJuly Brecon Petanque Club Charity Event



2ndAnglia Over 55 Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds


8thto 9th Home Nations Troon Scotland


8th Kath Watts Memorial Pairs The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich


9th Chiltern v Norfolk


16th    Anglia Gin Trap Charity Pairs The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich

16thCoates Village Open Petanque Doubles Sunday 16th August 2020 It’s the big ONE! Regularly attracting over 100 teams this doubles event brings together some of the best teams in the country together with league, club and fun players. A unique annual opportunity, established in 1994 to play on gravel driveways in the village of Coates, centered at and around the Vine Public House. PE7 2BJ. This unique event is challenging as well as great fun. Hog roast, ice creams as well as food from the Pub or local shop make it a superb day to meet old and new friends in a village atmosphere. Bring a picnic and enjoy the village green. If you have never played here it is a must enter event. Entry is required in advance.

5 games + final Registration 9-30am. Entries must be received with fee by 7th August to: Phil Hichens 3 Grebe Close, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1UU. For further information: Email Cheques made payable to Coates Petanque. Entry fee £12 per team



6th Bob Bruce Memorial Pairs and '51' PC 40th Anniversary celebrations. 6th September at Gt Ellingham Recreation Centre.


12th to 13thInter Regional Hayling Island

17th CEP Singles/Doubles/Mixed Doubles European Championships @ Riga, Latvia

27th Anglia Fixed Coche Pairs       Burwell



1stCEP Espoirs & Juniors European Championships @ Saint-Pierre-les-Elbeuf, France

3rd Petanque England Champion of Champions Doubles Rainworth PC

4th Petanque England Champion of Champions Triples Rainworth PC

18th Norfolk v Suffolk Venue TBA


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 2020 coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.


Petanque. The landing spot.

The landing spot or Donne is a key part of petanque and can cause a lot of issues.  The resting place of your boule is the result of landing in the right place. When coaching I never use a jack for the first sessions. I use circles of string laid on the ground so the players can hit the target area. If they manage to hit the target area I will then draw their attention to where their boule have stopped. Generally they are all in the same place.

Once you transfer your focus is on the donne it will enable you to play through gaps and choose routes to the target area. You will miss boule that are in the way and rough ground. You can adjust the height of your throw to miss these obstacles.  The jack is not the target. It marks where the target is at the moment you throw. It could move anywhere. Sometimes you just need to focus on the scoring zone and so the jack again is not the target but an area near it is. I know it sounds confusing but get some string circles about 25cm diameter and just practice landing in them. Then place a jack on the piste and place the circles where you think you should land to get near the jack. If the boule does not go near the jack, move the string circle until landing in the string circle will get your boule near the jack. Then take the string circle away and focus on the landing spot rather than the jack and hey presto! It is just a mind set but all the top players use this technique.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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