Club History

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Making an old Tennis Club hut into a clubhouse 1952

Verwood Bowling Club was formed in 1920 at the current site in Moorlands Road (formerly Highfield Road) with 3 rinks and ground sharing with Verwood Tennis Club. The number of rinks and the Club facilities restricted affiliation to the major local bowling associations as the Club ground did not comply with their standard. This meant that league play was very sparse and even home friendly games were hard to organise. However, the club continued to flourish and progress membership support even throughout the war years.

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Portakabin® clubhouse arrives 1986

In 1986 Verwood Tennis Club vacated the ground and the Bowling Club was able to extend the green to 6 rinks. Members undertook all the ground work and site preparation and Portakabins® were installed to provide the clubhouse and changing rooms.

The cost of this work is recorded as being £12,000, with the money being raised by members helped by grants from The Sports Council, Dorset Playing Fields Association, Verwood District Council and Verwood Parish Council. The Club also received a generous donation from the Verwood Carnival Committee.

In 1987 further improvements to the ground including a new toilet block enabled the club to succeed in bringing major local league bowling to Verwood. The Club went on to become affiliated to the Dorset County Bowling Association (now Bowls Dorset), the Bournemouth and District Women's Bowling Association and the New Forest Bowling Association. This considerably raised the profile of the Club bringing teams into Verwood from Hampshire and Dorset to play in league and cup competitions. In time this also attracted a number of visiting touring teams from outside of the county wanting to play friendly matches enhancing the Club's profile even more.

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New clubhouse almost finished 1996

 

In 1996 funding, again raised by members, and helped by grants from Dorset Playing Fields Association, Verwood Town Council, East Dorset District Council and The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, enabled the Club to construct a purpose built clubhouse incorporating changing rooms, toilets and a kitchen.

This is recorded as costing £60,000 which demonstrates the progress the Club made in a short period of time.

The clubhouse again helped to raise the profile of the club with space and facilities to provide visiting teams with after match refreshments and a comfortable shelter from the weather when required. It also helped to promote more social activities outside of competitive bowling helping to bond the membership and helping cement the culture of the club.

The Club members continued to undertake all the maintenance work and in 1999 a permanent green keeper was appointed and Verwood now boasts one of the best greens in Dorset.

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NFWBA Winners 2011, 2012 then again in 2013!!

 

The Club has a total of 10 teams competing in various leagues in Dorset and Hampshire, 6 men's teams and 4 women's teams. The Club currently has 84 playing members plus 43 social members and 4 honorary life members. We are currently looking for additional playing members, particularly those with experience, in order to enhance our team selection opportunities. Please go to the Contact Us page if you would like to make an enquiry about membership or if you would like more information about our Club.

The Club has had many team successes over the years including our women's team who won promotion to Division A of the New Forest Women's Bowling Association league (2013) finishing as winners of Division B.

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NFBA Winners 2014, shields presented by NFBA President

This complimented their success in the previous seasons (2012 & 2011) when they finished winners of Division C (2012) as well as finishing winners of Division D in the previous season to that (2011). This is the first three consecutive season division winners recorded by the club.

Last season (2014), it was the turn of our Mens' teams to have some success with both or our New Forest Bowling Association teams finishing as Champions of Division 3 and Division 5 respectively.

2017 B&DWBA Ladies Promoted. Remain 2nd after defeat at Blandford

2017 The B&D Ladies team have secured 2nd place in their division and will be promoted to Div D next season. They remain in 2nd place after a 2 rink defeat to Blandford who finish as Champions of Division E. Both Verwood and Blandford had it all to play for on the last game of the season but Blandford came out as worthy winners of the game and the League title after beating Verwood by 2 rinks to nil and 46 shots to 29. Jane Roberts said "I was so glad it was all over. It was an on / off very wet afternoon and we didn't perform well".

Well done Verwood!! you gave it your best shot, enjoy your promotion.

2017 Verwood are B&D Saturday Triples League Champions of Section 1

In the B&D Saturday Triples league, our mixed triples team have been on or near the top of the league all season with an early contest competing against New Milton 'C', and recently Argyll 'C' who had a fine run of results toward the end of the season. It all depended on the last game of the season with Verwood only 3 points behind Argyll 'C' and both teams playing away. Argyll 'C' played against Richardmond Park 'A' and lost 39 - 35 shots therefore picking up only 2 points. with Verwood having an emphatic 20 - 50 shots win over their opponents New Milton 'B', Verwood have won the championship by 1 point.
Well done Verwood !! winners of the 2017 B&D Section 1 Saturday Triples League.

NB: "Only two teams scored more than 70 points in either Division (Verwood and Argyll 'C'). Despite the closeness of the points total, Verwood's Shot Difference was 182 compared to Argyll's 99. The Saturday League is the only area of expansion within the B&DBA having gone from 28 teams last year to 35 this year." - Mike Gerrard

2017 Verwood Finish 3rd in Div 2

Our B&D Division 2 Mens team have held on to 3rd place, although Ferndown beat Branksome Park the latter pick up 3 points keeping them in second place with Ferndown crowned as Division 2 Champions.

It was a very creditable finish to the season all considered and with our new members getting some good league experience everything looks good for next year.

 

 

 

 

Our season in 2018
LADIES' CAPTAIN REPORT 2018

After the long, hot summer with many games being reduced by 3 ends, we played our final league game on 11th September. With mixed results throughout the season we struggled to be consistent in the New Forest league and will move down from the A to B division. Time to regroup and hopefully bring in our new ladies for more games. In the Bowls Dorset Edna Paisley league we finished 3rd in our division and overall 5th in the East Section. In the Bournemouth & District Division E we finished in top position and will be promoted. Several of our newer ladies played in the teams and did well gaining valuable experience.

My Captain’s Day back on a very hot day in June was quite challenging but enjoyed by the ladies and a good number of spectators. The cream tea went down well!

We entered 2 teams in the NF Triples with both progressing to the 2nd day. Eileen, Angela and Jane we’re delighted to finish in 3rd place.

Although we had several friendlies arranged , some were cancelled by the opposition, or by us due to lack of players. Nine ladies went to Swanage BC on 12th September to play a friendly match followed by a fish & chip lunch!

I would like to say thank you to all the ladies who have supported myself and my Vice Captain, Anne Jennings this season and congratulate those who had successes on Finals Day. My thanks also go to our Green Ranger, Mike and his helpers who have managed to produce such a good green for us this season.

I wish those who play indoors a good season and look forward to more successes next year.

Jane Roberts
Ladies Captain

MEN'S CAPTAIN REPORT FOR 2018

The year started with the decision to reduce the number of league fixtures due a reduction of men players available, down to 17 from 34. This left one Bowls Dorset team, and one New Forest league team, requiring 12 players per game, plus the Percy Baker and Bournemouth and District Combination leagues, each requiring 6 players per game. There were still several occasions when we were only just able to field a full team. This was particularly the case when Percy Baker fixtures fell on a Thursday, the same day as the New Forest fixtures. Most of our members felt unable to play two games the same day.

The season stated 28th April with the new combination of players failing to find consistency in obtaining results. Match fitness improved through May and although the wins were sparse the points difference per game reduced. Into July the team structure seems to gel and some success in the Bowls Dorset and New Forest Leagues was seen. Two comprehensive wins in the final 2 Bowls Dorset games meant we were able to avoid relegation. We were not so fortunate in the New Forest league, being relegated, and finishing second from bottom. The Percy Baker, and the Bournemouth and District league players met with little success both finishing bottom.

The consensus of opinion is that the player who has showed the most improvement in his bowling skills this year is Dan Ferguson. To close I would like to thank my vice-captain Phil Prince and Geoff Symonds for all their hard work in setting up and maintaining the new web base system for availability, and would applaud the dedication and commitment of our men in their support of our efforts.

Mike Daymond
Club Capatin

FINALS WEEKEND 2018

Finals Weekend Report
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September

Finals Weekend was blessed with fine weather, Saturday a little windy, Sunday vey warm.

John Maskell won his duel with Jim Scutt and became our "Mens Singles Champion" for the second season running and Anne Jennings won her match against Liz Lock to become this seasons "Ladies Singles Champion", very well done to both of you.

All competition finals were completed over the two days and the full list of results can be found on our Competitions page.

In place of our normal BBQ, this year the Ladies did bacon rolls, sausage rolls and bacon & cheese pannis for lunch, and in the afternoon out came the assorted cakes, very nice indeed and went down a treat!. The change in catering arrangements for this year was very much appreciate by everyone and gave the Club an option to mix up the format of Finals Day with something different.

Unfortunately, this year has not been a great year for me [health wise], my legs in particualr have been very painful. I therefore feel that the time has come for me to hand over the position of Competition Secretary to a younger person with new ideas and a fresh outlook for the future. After much pondering, I have decided not to stand for re-election for the new season.

I would like to give a mighty thank you to all of you that have helped me in my capacity as Competition Secretary for many seasons, many of you at short notice too, and also to all of you that have competed in the matches, watched the matches and supported the competitors which has made it possible for so many to enjoy the event and the social gathering that Finals Day has brought for many years. Long may it continue in the forthcoming seasons ahead.

Photos of Finals Day competitors are available for viewing on our Photo Gallery Page

All the best for the future
Robert Wood
Competitions Secretary

 

 

 

 


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