Hexham Elvaston Bowling Club
Welcome to the website of
Hexham Elvaston Bowling Club
The club committee has had its first meeting of the year and it clearly had the new bowling season in mind as it planned events and activities.
As these are firmed up keep your eye on the website for details.
Existing members will have received an email from the club secretary inviting them to renew their membership for 2024. All of us will be looking forward to getting out bowling and enjoying the fresh air and surroundings at Elvaston once again. If you haven't played bowls before then do have a look at the picture here that highlights some of the many advantages of taking up bowls. In addition we've listed some benefits of joining Elvaston.
Age is no barrier to this sport. People of all ages can compete and partake successfully with one another and the youngest and eldest bowlers can play in the same game and have a very close match. If you are looking to take up a good, social and enjoyable sport with minimal costs for equipment then bowls will be for you, as well as being very good for you. Do get in touch with us for more details or if you have any questions not answered here on the website. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting up.
It has been very encouraging to see last year's new members with no previous bowling experience attend jumbles on Saturdays and do really well, putting into practice the new techniques they have been learning. Some have also dipped their toes into Monday Shield matches - longer single team games so somewhat different from jumbles - and do really well. New bowlers are often their own harshest critics but there are many reasons for them to feel pleased with what they have achieved this year. So, well done all of you.
The usual pose of a Skip
The lot of a Skip is often stressful and frustrating as they wonder what they will have to deal with once their team have finishing their offering. This pose is often seen. Of course, skips sometimes undo the good work of their team members!
Thank You to our Club Sponsors
We are grateful to local businesses who sponsor our club. Please support them and when you use their services do mention you are a member of the club. If your business would like to sponsor our club then please contact David our Honorary Treasurer on 01434 600375:
Down to Earth Garden Centre
T: 01434 600920
for all Floor Coverings
T: 01434 600100
Orchard House Veterinary Centre
Hexham, Stocksfield & Bellingham
T: 01434 607677
Williamsons Craig Solicitors
T: 01434 602643
T: 01434 600222
The President's charity for 2024 is
Collection tins are in place on the kitchen bench for cash donations and for the payment of £1 for 'wrong bias' shots in a match - at your discretion and honesty.
Site last updated on 14th February 2024
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If you are new to bowling and have got this far on the website; well done!
Here are some reasons why playing bowls at Elvaston is a good decision:
pleasant, quiet location
easy, on-street free parking
half-price membership fees to new bowlers in their first season
free bowling tuition from Bowls England qualified club coaches
free use of club facilities when no matches are being played
friendly welcome from members who enjoy bowls
be involved as much as you wish, including league matches and friendlies
Saturday afternoon jumbles - great for beginners
occasional social events
all whilst having fun.
We don't have any paid staff except for Aillee who helps keep our green looking great so we rely on members being involved with their club. So if you would like to offer your gifts and talents too that is a real bonus and great all round. It's a real team effort on and off the green.
Spring Cleaning in the Club Grounds
We are meeting up to make a clean sweep of the grounds and paths and inside cleaning and tidying of the clubhouse on the following two days:
Tuesday 19th March and Friday 22nd March
What you need to bring with you:
sense of humour
something to drink e.g. water
We will provide:
tools and equipment, like brushes etc
a warm welcome
We shall be meeting from 10.00am. Stay for as long as you are willing and able to do, and you can come and go at any point between 10 and 4.00pm. We look forward to seeing you.
STOP PRESS: A further outdoor session will take place on Wednesday 28th February from 10.00am for a couple of hours hedge trimming and sweeping up.
The President, Pat Sheedy, has chosen
Macmillan Cancer Support as his charity for 2024 and hopes we shall be as generous to this charity as we were in 2023.
Indoor carpet bowls takes place at the clubhouse on Saturday afternoons.
You don't have to be a member of the club to play each week and bowlers of all abilities are welcome to join in for fun and friendship until the Spring. Just turn up at 2.00pm. All welcome. £15 membership, £3 per session.
Some provisional dates for your diaries:
April 8th: Last date for Membership Subscriptions due to the honorary treasurer
April 8th* 12noon Green open for informal practice
April 13th* Season opens
April 20th 10.30am Coffee morning
12.00-1.30pm Coaching for new and existing members (and following three weeks)
June 29th President's Day
August 10th Challenge Cup
August 17th Elvaston Open Triples
*Subject to weather and green preparation
League matches and Friendlies
Clegg League matches
Wednesdays at 7.00pm
April 17th: Away v. Westerhope
April 24th: Home v. Northumberland Linskill
May 1st: Away v. Crawford Park
Collins & Shipley matches
Wednesdays at 2.00pm
May 1st: Home v. Ponteland 'A'
May 8th: Away v. Whitley & Monkseaton
May 15th: Home v. Forest Hall
West Tyne League matches
Thursdays at 6.30pm
May 2nd: Home v. Haltwhistle Falcons
May 9th: Away v. Hexham Harriers
May 16th: Home v. Haltwhistle Eagles
Friendlies with other clubs, home & away
Twelve friendly matches are planned which is a great way for new bowlers to play in a friendly atmosphere on different greens against different players.
Play the Game
Direction of Play
New members may be unaware of the need to work out the Direction of Play. To even out the wear on the playing surface we change the direction of play each week. It will either be Hut to Hut (clubhouse at your back) or Hedge to Hedge (hedge at your back). The direction of play is displayed on the notice board in the clubhouse foyer.
Fixture List for the 2024 Season
competitions can be viewed by
clicking on this link to open the
Excel document. This the new list for the 2024 season and may be subject to change as fixtures are firmed up. Many thanks to club member Brian Norman for his hard work in preparing this for us.
Whatever your standard, either complete beginner or keen competition bowler, we will make it easy to feel welcomed, fit in and enjoy the game.
We have three qualified coaches who offer their time and advice for free. Why not enquire about membership for 2024 today?
Application forms are
available from the Secretary
or may be downloaded here.
Steve Benson (T: 07776233839,
E: email@example.com) has taken over from Jean Allen as our social events coordinator. Please let him know if you would like to plan an event or help with one. All help gratefully received.
February 22nd at 4.00pm: Informal open meeting at the clubhouse to chat through our social events calendar, chaired by Steve. All welcome to attend.
October 4th* Race Night at the clubhouse
*Date to be confirmed
Non-member guests warmly welcomed, donations for raffle prizes gratefully received on the night. Social events are a great opportunity to have a bit of fun and to raise funds for the club.
Non-members and visitors to our lovely town and county are normally warmly welcomed to play. Please contact the club Secretary in the first instance.