Flamborough Bowling Club
The club that was badgered, but will not be bowled over!
In the 1990's, a group of local Flamborough residents decided it would be good for the local community to try and provide a bowling green, in the village. The idea was to provide a facility, open to all, where not only could "gentle exercise" take place but also where people could meet socially and friendships could be developed.
A site was found and plans drawn up to provide the necessary facilities. Unfortunately, there was objection to the use of the site and following a legal case brought under the 1795 Flamborough Enclosure Act the site had to be abandoned. The will of those attempting to establish the club was not to be deterred, and thanks to the generosity of the now club president, Don Frear and his late wife, Mable, a new site in their paddock was identified.
Following a number of years of further fund raising by the members, the club finally opened in 1999 with an initial membership of over 100, sadly this has decreased over the years to the present day 38.
Although membership has fallen there has been a slight increase this year. The club remains open to all, members and non-members alike. During the summer season visitors to the village often stop for a while and watch. On several occasions they have taken advantage of members invitations to "have a go." All have said how much they enjoyed the experience and how they didn't realise it wasn't as easy as it looked.
In addition to league matches, the club hold several friendly matches with other clubs. This allows those who do not play in the league matches, the opportunity to take part in competition without the stress or anxiety. These matches are very much looked forward to and the friendship of both teams is plain to see. The club facilities are maintained entirely by the membership and friends with specialist trades only being employed when required.
In summary the club is all about friendship and unity. It is open to all, without exception, who wish to join or if not join just use the facilities whenever they desire takes them. Footwear and equipment is available so they do not have the expense to worry about.
All in all we believe we provide a small but valuable benefit for those in the community, who wish to take advantage and join in, in a friendly and relaxing environment.
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The South landing at Flamborough has a huge badger sett, and we at the club are less than half a mile away from the sett, and are some of Brock's nearest neighbours. The bowling green is in a "wildlife garden" where deer and pheasants roam. It is in a delightful setting, described by an opposition team as a "little gem." It is a club of 38 members and is funded by membership subscriptions and raffles. The average member age is over 70. The green, clubhouse and surrounds are maintained in good order by the membership.
We pride ourselves on being environmentally friendly using no pesticides, insecticides or vermicides, but we do use some fertilizers.
Over the years crows and badgers have done some damage to the green, but the smell of humans is repellent to the discerning, scavenging badger. To combat the badgers we have used natural methods and recycled Guinness has dissuaded the brock family.
However, in this past year the incessant rain has diluted these prodigious efforts and washed away the "ex Guinness."
After a lengthy period of rain Brock brought what must have been half his family to the bowling green, because one end of the green was scarred with holes, furrows and trenches as they dined out on the bowling green's worms. A very dispiriting sight.
The rains continued and storm Desmond arrived soon after and with this deluge the ground surrounding the underground water tank collapsed. This resulted in an expensive clean up operation and a new water tank. After the insurance pay-out the club has still had to find over £3500 for the new tank and temporary fencing, to keep out the badgers. Without this we would have had no playable green for this season. The club also raises money for charity, and last year we raised money for Parkinson's research. This year this is again our chosen charity, and we have already beaten last years total.
This year Flamborough Bowling Club has had a lot of expense, one of which was the temporary fencing to keep the badgers out and stop him "Brocking" in again! If we are lucky enough to be one of those chosen to receive a grant, it would go a long way to providing a permanent fence around the green, not only to keep the badgers out but also to be in keeping with the "wildlife" nature of the club's location.
""An oasis of tranquility"
Anon visiting team member."