Established in 2000, our membership currently comprises 64 men and women bowlers. Since the end of COVID we have seen a growing interest from younger bowlers and now run weekly junior coaching sessions in conjunction with the North Somerset mobile youth bus team. This interest has extended into our open days and is now seeing parents attending sessions and joining in with the bowls coaching.
Amongst local clubs we like to think we are unique in that our rink is carpet rather than grass. This allows the club to operate throughout the year, although deep snow, hail and rain have been known to curtail events. Our ability to open throughout the year means that members are able to make good use of their annual membership as well as play in our winter league, when we are joined by bowlers from Congresbury bowling club.
Our clubhouse is used to host club events and with the sports and recreation licensed bar adjacent to our site, fully meets the needs of the club whether it is post-match hospitality or social events. Club members also have the use of a gated car park which provides direct access to the green.
In 2021 the Club registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (Reg No 12327) and became a Registered Company (Reg No 12714109).
Any fundraising activity within the club is used to support our local hospice in Weston-super-Mare.
Saturday 3 June, 2000 witnessed a moment of high achievement for the people of Wrington and surrounding villages. After years of planning, fund raising and sheer hard work, the all-weather six lane bowling rink was opened – a resource adding hugely to the facilities available to local people.
Speeches at the opening ceremonies outlined the struggles and paid tribute to the hard work of those who had started the project off – notably the late Peter Gibson and Peter Hyde – and those who took the project forward over the years. As Chairman Roy Clements said in his speech: “I’m sure Peter Gibson is looking down on us today – and smiling”.
The rink really does look “the business” – constructed by leading national suppliers Greengauge Artificial Sports Surfaces of Dundee and able to take up to six groups of players at any one time and equally able to withstand the elements.
The scheme came about as a result of a survey carried out in 1993, asking local people what facilities they would most like. Most, but not all of the money has now been raised, but £20,000 of loans remain, and fundraising will go on for some time to come.
Lois Greeves, the Ladies (President of Somerset) was there to officially unfurl the flag (which resisted all initial efforts!) but then fluttered proudly to display the club’s new colours.
Secretary Roger Smeed reports that: “Since the opening, the rink has proved hugely popular – with people playing throughout each day – despite the very poor weather. “It’s been particularly pleasing to see a lot of young people trying their hand. A youth development and training officer came along recently and had about a dozen young children enjoying themselves. We even have a grandfather and grandson playing together – how many sports allow that to happen?”