BOWLS: 30th anniversary for Leamington Hastings

Players enjoying a game in 1990
Players enjoying a game in 1990

New members welcome

Leamington Hastings Bowling Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary year.

Re-laying rink 4 in 2001

Re-laying rink 4 in 2001

Work on the bowling green just outside the village at Hill was started in 1985, undertaken by club members under the supervision of Fred Cox, Leonard Ellward and Manton Dimbleby, who was their first president.

Before this carpet bowls was played in the Parish Hall to help raise funds and to encourage members. This still continues during the winter months.

The bowls club and all its assets, which are paid for by members, all come under the umbrella of Leamington HastingsParish Hall Management Committee, which is a registered charity.

The Parish Hall ground on which it stands had been used as an allotment many years ago, but had become overgrown.

President's v Captain's teams in 2011

President's v Captain's teams in 2011

With the idea of turning it into a bowling green, the Parish Hall committee applied on behalf of the bowls members for a grant from Rugby Borough Council and received £1,800, which was half the cost of materials. The rest came from donations and members did the work, using their own machinery.

After a few years one of the rinks had sunk and it became necessary to raise one corner, with members again doing the work and then re-laying the original turf.

It’s thought that part of the gren stands over what used to be a pit of water, where carriages once used to cool the steel around their wheels!

The club holds internal bowls competitions during both summer and winter, with cups and other trophies presented at the annual dinner.

There’s also an annual gala day held in memory of Lyle Watts, one of the founder members, with proceeds donated to Myton Hospice. The club has raised about £10,000 so far.

When the bowls club was formed there were about 40 members and 30 years on numbers are just as good, with players not only from Broadwell and other hamlets in the parish but also many surrounding villages.

Their outdoor fixture list comprises 22 friendly matches between May and September.

New members are always welcome. Anyone who would like to join them for bowls and banter, can go along every Wednesday evening from 6pm during the summer months and then try short-mat indoors from 7pm when the nights draw in.

No special equipment is required, just flat shoes, comfortable clothing and a sense of fun!

For more information call Pete on (01788) 890179.