Trowbridge Westbourne BC is this year celebrating 100 years of Bowls at Westbourne Gardens. There have been many changes over the years to the Clubhouse and Bowling Green (being extended twice) and we are still on the same site, quite an achievement.
The site was purchased from Mr. Hussey at a cost of £300 and the green laid at a cost of £41 17 0 (£41.85p). Tennis courts and a croquet lawn were also laid at a cost of £41 19 0 (£41.95p) giving a final total of £83 16 0 (£83.80p). The croquet lawn was removed in 1966 to make way for a car park.
In 1967 Mr. Cliff Stroud was selected to play for England, going on to win a Commonwealth Gold Medal at Edinburgh in 1970 and become World Championship fours winner in 1972. 1991 saw Graham Shadwell get his first junior international trial and he has gone on to represent England at Junior and Senior level to the current time, winning many County and National titles.
The club members are marking their centenary with matches against a Bowls Wiltshire mixed team, a Bowls England mixed team and Men’s matches against West Wilts and the Barbarians.
The bowls green, tennis courts and Clubhouse have recently been substantially refurbished to include disabled facilities using a grant for £50,000 from the England Sporting Legacy Fund.