For the time being, Club Members wishing to see the team selected (when available) for a Match should click on the Sign Up button above and follow the instructions – ***Sign Up Sheets are now available for matches to the end of the season.***
Our Fixtures are available on the 2021 Fixtures page accessible from the Fixtures & Comps dropdown menu in the Navigation tabs towards the top of this page or by following: Click Here
Members Outdoor Open Forum – 15th Sept 2021
The Club held a Club Members Open Forum during the late afternoon/early evening of Wednesday 15th Sepetember, and what a beautiful evening it was for this Outdoor event. Over sixty members attended a two-hour debate in the sunshine following the feedback the members had given the club in their own survey. All attendees were offered a hot bacon butty or sausage in a roll, on arrival, cooked by Tim Bailey & Christine Sims – some got more than one (No names, no pack-drill!!!!).
Kevin Clarke hosted the event and thanked everyone for their interest, input and attendance. The information collected, together with the forthright opinions/views expressed, is the first part of a three-step process to re organise the club and deliver its members preferences.
Our roving photographer, Brian Ralphs, was once again active during this event, to see his handiwork Click Here
Winter Social Programme 2021 – Activities
After the disruption of last year’s Social Programme, owing to the Covid pandemic, we are pleased that Sheila Bell has planned a winter programme of weekly and monthly activities in the clubhouse. To see what Sheila has already planned Click Here
There will be further details about the monthly events nearer the time with sign-up sheets at the clubhouse. The Skittles competition is the first event (at a date still to be confirmed) and afterwards we are hoping to run a weekly/fortnightly skittles competition during the winter.
We are the Herts BA Mens County League West Division Champions!
Our Men won the West Area County League beating Mill End on Saturday September 4th in the morning semi final and GARSTON in the afternoon Final held at Bushey BC. It is the first time the Club have lifted this trophy and will now go on to represent the West Area against the other three areas in the finals on September 19th at Garston BC.
Our two rinks of four won all their matches on both rinks finally defeating Garston in the final 48 – 33. Tony Howard’s rink even managed the unique accolade of getting an eight ‘hotshot’ on one end, surely this has never been done to Garston before ?!
The two rinks were Kevin Clarke, David Brown, Brian Ralphs & ‘Mac’ Mackness; Tony Howard, Chris Gray, Bob Anderson & Brian Livesey. The two reserves in attendance and supporting the team superbly were Tony Smart & Mick Young.
Unfortunately in the morning at the same venue (Bushey BC) our Ladies lost their County League semi final to Tring.
Club Competitions – Finals
To see the programme and results of matches in our very successful Finals weekend Click Here.
Our roving photographer, Brian Ralphs, was active during Finals weekend, to see his handiwork Click Here – Well done Brian.
Our Annual Mixed Triples Gala – Bank Holiday Monday 30th August
Despite very unseasonal weather, 16 teams enjoyed friendly competitive bowls in our Gala between 10.00 and 6.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday. At the end of the day (when hot Bovril & soup would not have been out of place) the winning teams were:
1st Place: 39 points – Red Kites (Berkhamsted BC);
2nd place: 36 points (shot difference: 34) Murray Mints (Luton BC), and
3rd place: 36 points (shot difference: 29) Merlow (Herts BC).
Our roving photographers – Colin Drake & Brian Ralphs – were out & about capturing some of the action both on the green and behind the scenes; some of the images can be viewed on our Gala 2021 page Click Here
Our grateful thanks to: Roy Chapman Ltd, Waitrose, Full House Plumbing & Heating and Oakleys Estates for their sponsorship of the Prize Money – Remember to support those local businesses that support our Club
We look forward to being able to run a more usual version of our Gala in 2022.
This Season – IMPORTANT GUIDELINES
We are delighted to say the new season is up and running! We look forward to seeing you all over the next few weeks particularly if you were unable to attend last year. Needless to say we have guidelines and rules to adhere to as we come out of lockdown which our club has been putting in place over the winter months. Please help us to help you so we can all stay safe and enjoy a great season of bowls.
The season is mainly divided into two halves following the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The first half is from April 24th to 21st June when rules regarding playing and socialising are in place. The second half is from June 21st to September 31st when all rules are expected to be lifted and things are ‘back to normal’ if things go well with the pandemic measures.
We will keep you posted of all developments via all our social media outlets so please keep checking our Facebook and website pages for our latest information in this fluid period. In the meantime Click Here to go to our own roadmap to read once again and familiarise yourself with it; if you have any queries please speak to your club committee members who will be happy to help.
Purchasing Club kit
Anyone wishing to purchase Club Kit should contact Kay Lingwood, who is now doing this instead of Brian Ralphs. Please call Kay on 07732 112961 to arrange a convenient time at the club to discuss your needs and see the kit that we currently have in stock.
Recent Press reports to the Hemel Gazette
Week ending Sunday 12th September: This weekend was Berkhamsted’s Finals weekend, the culmination of all the Members effort in the Competitions during the season. The weekend was organised and run by Paul Sims, the Competition Secretary and was very successful. The results were as follows:
Mens Singles: David Brown; Ladies Singles: Sarah Marshall; Mens 2-Wood Singles: Tony Howard; Ladies 2-Wood Singles: Sarah Marshall; Veterans Singles: Tony Howard; Novice Singles: Paul Sims; Highland Trophy: Jackie Cormack; U19 Singles: Conor Hawkins; Mens Pairs: Bob Anderson & David Brown; Ladies Pairs: Carole Dunn & Alice Biggs; Mixed Pairs: Marcia Dunstone & Chris Gray; Pedlow Trophy (Australian Pairs): Gary Fisher & Tony Howard; Mixed Triples: Frank Cutting, Janet Sykes & Chris Gray; Mixed Fours: Christine Sims, Paul Shorne, Tim Bailey & David Brown….To read more/see older reports Click Here
Bowls England – Latest Advice for Bowling Clubs in 2021
Information on Bowls England activities and initiatives can be obtained from their web site www.bowlsengland.com/coronavirus-guidance or by subscribing to their YouTube channel which they have launched as part of its commitment to inform and entertain its members. This provides Bowls England with a ‘one-stop shop’ for all its multimedia content where you will find the ‘Extra End’ Podcast, ‘Keep Active’ videos and other audio-visual content.
To receive notification when any new content is uploaded, simply subscribe to the Bowls England channel by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjtPZ9KqcGZA1L0fHqxfMeg
Their latest guidance document, issued on 10th May 2021, is in pdf format – the full document can be viewed here. The key information in Step 3 of the four step process is contained in pages 4 to 8 of that document – step 3 covers the early part of our playing season and our Committee is considering very strongly how this impacts on our bowls and social activities. You can be assured that our activities will be fully compliant with Government and Bowls England regulations and guidance in force at the time.
***We haven’t endured the previous 15 month restrictions to throw those sacrifices away through irresponsibility!!***
1st prize – Janet Jackson (44)
2nd prize – Ann Shortall (9)
3rd prize – Colin Dunstone (139)
100 Club 2021-2022
We currently have 192 members – 4 short of the 196 we had last year. If anyone would like to join or have extra numbers, our available numbers are 56, 58, 127 and 186 and new numbers from 197 after the earlier ones have been “sold”.
It only costs £1 per month per number.
Please contact Lesley Brown by email – email@example.com or by phone 01442 866365.
About our Club
We are a lawn green bowling club based in central Berkhamsted, providing a highly popular and skilful game for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
We encourage all ages, abilities and sexes to come and play, try our new equipment, meet our friendly members and enjoy a new experience.
It’s a perfect game for sharing with others, making new friends and helping to improve your health.
We are across the bridge from Waitrose next to the play park.
For more details click Join Us Now >>> or phone the Secretary Christine on 07796 178040 or 01442 873413.