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                                                   Captains' Day, 2009                        Photo from Tony Jefferies

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The weather has ensued a
quiet time on the green.There has, however, been further work on the new clubhouse.

The annual
bowls trip to Torquay takes place on 7/9 March where the game can be played in the dry on the hotels indoor rinks.

We have another of our coffee mornings on Saturday 22 March with the regular bric-à-brac, and cake stalls, with a raffle and, of
course, tea coffee and cake to enjoy. We will be at the scout hall from 10am till 12..

Bruce Barnes

                                              Introduction to WRINGTON BOWLING CLUB March, 2006

We are now coming up towards the start of our 6th season of matches and competitions. There are League matches for both men and ladies and mixed friendly games which we always look forward to playing.

This coming summer we hope for a slightly better result in our League matches but whatever the outcome we intend to enjoy the games. As we play all the year round on an artificial surface it is harder for us to adjust to playing on grass when playing away
than it is for visiting teams who play on similar surfaces to ours on indoor rinks. That being said we enjoy the challenge and the chance to meet with fellow bowlers in the area.

This past winter has seen us playing triples as a club competition and being joined by bowlers from other clubs who come as winter members, whilst their own rinks are closed. It has been good to see 30-36 players on the green regularly on a Wednesday afternoon and also on Saturdays there has been a good turnout for a roll-up. Most of the time the weather has been kind and only rarely have we got wet.

The mixed friendly matches which we play are probably the most popular as we get to mix, on a relaxed basis, with the other clubs and although little quarter is given it is in friendly rivalry and a social occasion to enjoy. We do have a reputation as the providers of some of the best teas in the area after the games.

Currently we have about 55 members who play on a regular basis and another 20 or so who play occasionally, usually within the club context. If you would like to come along and try your hand at the game then you would be most welcome.
The rink is available at any time but we will all be there on a Tuesday evening from the end of March to play in the summer triples.
Wednesday afternoons will be a time for informal roll-ups among members. We welcome any age, male or female and you can use the club equipment which we keep for people who wish to try out the game without any initial expense.
If you do not know where we are just come to the Recreation Field in Silver Street and the green is behind the Sports pavillion.                           Tony Jefferies

If you would like more details you may contact the following, present club officers are:

President.   Mr. Roger Smeed   01934863544
Chairman.   Mr. Roy Clements  01934862378
Secretary    Mr. Derek Davey   01934862519

Opening of new rink

Saturday 3 June, 2000 witnessed a moment of high achievement for the people of Wrington and surrounding villages. After years of planning, fund raising and sheer hard work, the all-weather six lane bowling rink was opened - a resource adding hugely to the facilities available to local people.

Speeches at the opening ceremonies outlined the struggles and paid tribute to the hard work of those who had started the project off - notably the late Peter Gibson and Peter Hyde - and those who took the project forward over the years. As Chairman Roy Clements said in his speech: "I'm sure Peter Gibson is looking down on us today - and smiling".

The rink really does look "the business" - constructed by leading national suppliers Greengauge Artificial Sports Surfaces of Dundee and able to take up to six groups of players at any one time and equally able to withstand the elements.

The scheme came about as a result of a survey carried out in 1993, asking local people what facilities they would most like. Most, but not all of the money has now been raised, but £20,000 of loans remain, and fundraising will go on for some time to come.

Lois Greeves, the Ladies (President of Somerset) was there to officially unfurl the flag (which resisted all initial efforts!) but then fluttered proudly to display the club's new colours.

Secretary Roger Smeed reports that: "Since the opening, the rink has proved hugely popular - with people playing throughout each day - despite the very poor weather. "It's been particularly pleasing to see a lot of young people trying their hand. A youth development and training officer came along recently and had about a dozen young children enjoying themselves. We even have a grandfather and grandson playing together - how many sports allow that to happen?"

See separate page for photographs of the event.