In spite of Covid and the restrictions it has imposed on people meeting, the bowls club has had a good year. Over the first part of the year a lot of time was spent upgrading the club house and grounds. We were able to start playing again in June. Our Membership at the end of the year consisted of:
We played over 40 friendly matches, both home and away, competed in 2 Men’s Berkshire Leagues, winning both the Kennet League (KL) Division 2 West, and the Kennet League over 55 (KLV) Division 3 Central West. Meanwhile our Ladies competed in the Thames Valley Ladies League Division 3 and finished as runners up. We also carried out numerous and varied in-house matches, competitions and ‘Fun’’ events as well as our annual Championships.
Trentham were also proud to host the County game between Berkshire and Oxfordshire this year, as well as a celebratory game versus a Berkshire Select team to celebrate the delayed 60th Anniversary of our Affiliation (1961).
We also conducted our Annual Tour, later than normal, where we played four games against clubs around the Ilfracombe area, and we hosted, at Trentham, a touring Club from Rugby.
As well as playing outdoors (season runs from mid-April to mid-September) we have played short mat over the winter months, in our Clubhouse, and played Short Mat friendly games against Tilehurst. as well as enjoying Member social events.
We have our own excellent green keepers who work hard to keep the playing surface in good condition, and both greens have been maintained at a high standard throughout the season, and proved to be an excellent playing surface.
The top green, where there are 2 rinks, is available for local residents to use on a Saturday morning when a coach is available, or if they wish to play at another time contact should be made with an official of the club. We have 2 qualified coaches to help you.
Sadly however, we have to report the death of Mr John Carr, who has been a Trustee of the Club from the start of the present 40-year lease in 1993. John took a very active interest in the Club throughout his life despite suffering from health problems and having to use a wheelchair in later life. John will be missed by the Club and we are actively seeking a permanent replacement as Trustee, with Mr Michael Lear currently standing in temporarily.
Trentham remains a very active local Bowling Club, with a solid membership, and we are very much looking forward to the 2022 outdoor season and the other planned activities this year. Our ambitions for this next year include trying to recruit more Junior members, attracting more members, carrying out further improvements to the Club facilities, improve our overall standards of play and also to try and encourage more County and top-class games whenever we are able.
We welcome anyone to join us, age and ability do not limit you! All club details, including contacts, matches, competitions, results and social events can be found here, on our regularly updated website.
I think that’s all for now! Thanks for doing all this.