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Congratulations Trowbridge Westbourne

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.

BW Mixed v Chippenham Park

On Saturday afternoon a Bowls Wiltshire team went to Chippenham Park to play in a game to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Club’s formation. It was extremely hot so the break at 11 ends was very welcome.

There was some competitive bowling and much – sometimes uncalled for! – banter across the green which all made for a very enjoyable afternoon.

The end result was a win by 24 shots for the BW side and the Top Rink was skipped by John Lucas playing with Mary Butchers, John Menzies and Richard Gardiner.

Thank you to all at Chippenham Park who made the BW side so welcome and provided a lovely meal after the game. This was the last of the 5 BW Mixed Friendly games to be played this season but there will be more next year and they are open to anyone who is a member of a BW Club – availability sheets are sent to All Clubs early in the season.

BW SWCL 10th July 2013

Although the unsuccessful journey in the John’s trophy this year, Bowls Wiltshire South West Counties Ladies took another win under their belt on Wednesday 10th July against Herefordshire at Leominster Bowls Club.  The ladies didn’t have the greatest of starts and at 5 ends were 32 shots behind at (18-50). Although this heavy deficit didn’t phase the ladies as they fought back with determination and took it right to the final end to see a clear winner.

Wiltshire ladies ended up winning the game by 1 shot overall at (122-121) but taking home 5 rinks as winners.

Well done ladies and keep it up.

BW U21 Pairs Competition

On Saturday July 6th Devizes BC hosted the BW U21 Pairs Competition. Gerald Webb, BW Comps Co Ordinator, said this was particularly pleasing because in 2012 we only had 3 entries and were unable to hold the Competition on this weekend.

There were 12 Pairs participating – thanks to John & Marian Menzies and to the parents of some of the youngsters for getting the entries organised!!  The competition took the form of a Round Robin tournament in 3 sections of 4 teams so all of the entrants played 3 games of 8 ends before the 3 winners and the best runner up went on to play in the Semi Finals. These were Ollie and Kara Little v Jo Richman & Chloe Proctor and Jake Webster & Mike Titcombe v James Richman & Daniel Bavister. The winners were Ollie & Kara and Jake & Mike who will play each other in the Final at BW Finals Weekend 7th /8th September.

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to this successful  day and, in particular, to Devizes BC for looking after us so well.

Bowls Wiltshire Mixed v Avon BC

This game was held to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Avon BC – formerly Cooper Avon – also the 40th Anniversary of the  formation of the Ladies Section . The Club unified in 1999. This celebration was a year late because of the uncertainty over the future of the Club that existed last year. It is good to know that the Club is now secure and, by all accounts, flourishing.

It was a very hot afternoon but a cup of tea at 10 ends and ice lollies distributed during the second half of the game helped to sustain the players. There was a lively atmosphere across the green and much banter took place but some serious bowling was also required because the rinks were very fast and somewhat tricky. The end result was a win for Bowls Wiltshire by 6 shots- 123-117. Top Rink was skipped by Marian Menzies with Dave Nunn, Jill Wyatt and Geoff Toomer. We had an excellent meal afterwards and the Anniversary was well and truly celebrated. Thank you to all the people who helped to make this a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Wanborough Join Clubmark Ranks

Wanborough Bowls Club has been awarded with Clubmark, a quality club accreditation, based on Sport England’s standard for high quality community sports clubs.

The award shows that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. The club is now recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages.

Club spokesperson Mary Pribyl said “we are delighted and proud to have received this award” and it demonstrates the effort that the club, along with the other facilities within the community, have put into providing sport and promoting the sport of bowls in the local area.

The club are the only bowls club in Wiltshire who hold this prestige so congratulations to all at Wanborough Bowls Club.

To find out more about Clubmark, please click here

Under 25’s Qualify for Worthing Semi-Finals

The Wiltshire Under 25’s Team have qualified for the National Semi-Finals in the White Rose Trophy, after great wins against Dorset and 2012 winners Devon.

The team had to overcome extremely wet conditions in the regional semi-final against Dorset, which was played at Bath B.C in Somerset. After completing a 4 shot win in the morning the team later went on to face holders Devon, that included current England International and Commonwealth games team member Sam Tolchard. This however was insignificant as Wiltshire powered to a 12 shot overall win by 44-32.

Wiltshire last reached the semi-finals in 2011, where they also defeated Devon on the way to, unfortunately losing out against Huntingdonshire.

Congratulations to team manager Adam Tanner and all the players on this fantastic achievement.

Stratton Churchway Secure Sporting Legacy Fund

Wiltshire club Stratton Churchway has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Stratton Churchway Bowls Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at the club & building new changing rooms, the club formed in the 1930’s has seen various degrees of success over the years, with ladies from the club regularly representing Wiltshire at national finals at Leamington Spa. The improvements will also see the clubhouse being rewired, new paving & improved access to the club.

The Bowls Club have also secured partnership funding, from Stratton Parish Council (£2150) and Swindon Sports Forum (£1200) towards the overall project costs of £65,000.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Swindon & Stratton St Margaret.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in the West. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

Club Chairwoman, Janet Willis, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our facilities that are available to our members and community, and all from part of the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

Justin Tomlinson MP said “I am delighted that following my visit with Stratton Councillors to the club, and our subsequent support for the application, that Stratton Churchway Bowls have been successful in securing funding. The new changing rooms and improved clubhouse access will make a huge difference to the members and help encourage local young people to give bowls a try”.

Stratton Churchway bowls club is one of hundreds of projects across England benefitting from lottery investment through the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund. Many more communities will also be able to benefit from the fund, with a further two rounds remaining. Bids will be accepted for the forth round of Inspired Facilities Funding from 4th March 2013.

You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities