2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Bowls Club and our plans to celebrate are very much dependent on restrictions related to Covid-19. Hopefully by the start of the season most of the older members will have received their vaccination and we can perhaps have a more normal year of bowling.
A book has been compiled giving a comprehensive account of how the Club was established and its transformation into one of the most respected clubs in Kent.
In terms of celebration matches we have the Kent County Bowling Association team visiting on Thursday 1st July and the Kent Past Presidents team on 2nd August. On Wednesday 28th July we entertain Cranbrook for a joint celebration game to mark their Centenary and our 50th. Between these matches we have plans for a Celebration Day on Monday 12th July to which we will invite some past members/officers and representatives of local organisations who have been associated with the Club. Monday 12th July 1971 was the day that our President, the late Frank Day, officially opened the new green.
Finally, we plan to organise a Grand Draw and a Celebration Luncheon/Dinner later in the year.
Because of the uncertainty of restrictions our plans must be very flexible, but hopefully by Easter we will be more certain of exactly what can take place.
Meanwhile, a small team of members have been active during the winter ensuring that the green is maintained and ready for a busy season. They have also been painting the exterior of the clubhouse and refurbishing the benches that are placed around the green in readiness of our big year.
Our season starts on Saturday Thursday 29th April when the green opens at 2.00pm and the first match is with Milton Regis on Sunday 2nd May. Our Open Day at which we hope to attract new members to the Club has been moved to Saturday 22nd May as there should be less Covid restrictions in place. Proceedings will start at 2.00pm and everyone is invited to join us and try the game of bowls, a sport which is suitable for the whole family. The club fixture list for 2021 can now be found on this website.
More details can be made to our Secretary; Brian Cooper on 07801 594147
Marden residents can contact Jeff Tremain 01622 831721
Staplehurst residents can contact Ken Collins 01580 891337
We are conscious that there may be many Marden/Staplehurst residents now working from home with perhaps more time to join in with local activities, and Bowls may be the leisure activity for you. If you have an interest in joining the Bowls Club please contact Brian Cooper, our Secretary, on 01622 744850 or 07801 595147.