Merrow Village Bowls Club

Merrow, Guildford

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Bringing bowls to the local community

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Merrow Village Bowls Club is a lawn bowls club based in Merrow, a suburb of Guildford. We actively try to attract members from our immediate surroundings via Open Days and local advertising. We are a section of the Merrow Village Club, so other social activities are available to members. The club welcomes any new members, providing them with coaching and encouragement, loan of bowls and advice on the selection of bowls, together with an introduction to the game of bowls and its rules and etiquette.

Throughout the summer months we play friendly and league matches, both at home and away, with several indoor matches at other locations during the winter months. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are ‘club nights’, where anyone can come along for a practice, an ad-hoc game with other members or just watch and socialise.

Part of our remit is to try and encourage younger residents to join us. Bowls has an underserved image as an old person’s game, whereas the opposite is true. Bowls is fun for all ages, from teens upwards, and we would welcome more members in the younger age groups. We have had some success in this area and would like to continue the trend.

Our bowls green is maintained by members and a part-time groundsman paid from club funds. We are currently in the first year of a three year programme to improve our green and make one of the best in Surrey.

We are run by a volunteer committee of eight members, three of whom act as team captains for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matches. Committee meetings are held periodically at intervals decided by the committee.

The club has existed since 1929 and seeks to provide an enjoyable and healthy leisure activity for local residents.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Any monies received would be spent on attracting new members through advertising and community involvement, improving the facilities in our small clubhouse, and improving the bowls green.

"Come and enjoy playing bowls with Merrow Village Bowls Club, a friendly and sociable club.
David Raison
Committee Member"

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