We wish you all a better 2021 season to come.
Despite the Covid-19 outbreak the Club was active internally with competitions and roll ups for members in 2020.
Huge thanks to John Boocock and David Hodge (kneeling) for their work in extending our club shed, which was opened August 28th 2020
We continue to follow current Covid restrictions as guided by the government.
It was with sadness that we closed the green to all matches and competitions in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but the health and wellbeing of our members and their families is paramount. However, following guidance from the Government and Bowls England, we did reopen on 1st June 2020 to members only for singles practice sessions (no more than 6 on the grounds at one time). In the meantime, continue to read our web site pages as there is some great stuff in there ! Club competitions (internal) will go ahead where Covid regulations allow.
Wallis and Son Ltd of Barton www.wallisandson.co.uk have very kindly offered to support the Bowls Club once again for the coming season. We look forward to our great partnership and some fun along the way!
We celebrated our great 2019 season in style by gaining promotion to the C&D Division 2. Everyone pulled together for the final push and success was ours! Well done to everyone in the club for all your hard work this past season. We managed to remain in Division 2 in 2020, having played not a single game due to the Covid crisis!
A lot of work has been done over recent months to bring our green up to standards for division 2, but we will all continue to pull together once more to keep the green maintained. The outdoor season should recommence in April/May 2021 subject to Covid of course. We welcome new members to join us for next season - drop us a message below.
Barton Bowls Club is open to all to come and try lawn bowls or to join our team and play in regular matches through the season. The season will get underway at the end of April and we will be hopefully holding an open day at that time (details to follow). Coaching will be available the following week to those who wish to join the club and learn to play or improve their skills. Alternatively just turn up on a Thursday evening from 6.15pm when we have our club night (subject to match schedule) or a Tuesday morning from 10.15am - 12 noon when we meet for a roll up. You will be made most welcome.
We play in two divisions - C&D and FAL (Cambridge & District and the Foxton Afternoon League).
We enjoyed our second season back in the C&D Division 3, following our promotion at the end of 2017. Very happy to report that at the end of the 2018 season we were 4th in the division and at the end of the 2019 season we ended up in 2nd position and won promotion to the dizzy heights of Division 2!
We are a busy club with a busy social life combined with lots of opportunities to play bowls.
We are located in the village of Barton, just outside Cambridge on the recreation Ground by the Pavilion. A warm friendly club environment where bowls is played in a safe environment. We welcome all ages from 11 to 100 and are happy to provide coaching.
Check out our Facebook page "Barton Bowls".
Photo below taken at our Finals Day on 5th Sept 2020. Winners and runners up. L to R: Anna Jennings (Ladies Champion; David Jennings (Pairs winner), Claire McGowan (Pairs and Novice winner), Margaret Seymour (Ladies runner up), Ken Gifford (Mens runner up), Jane Whibley (Novice runner up), Laureen Wesley (Open & Pairs runner up) and Ken Jones (Mens champion, Open Champion and Pairs runner up)
We are forever optimistic at Barton Bowls Club and as such we have set a date for our annual Open Day. Keep Saturday 1st May 2021 free to come have a go and meet the members. If you can't make that date, or want to come and have another go to be sure you like the sport we have open evenings on Thursday 6th & 13th May also. Places must be booked in advance this year so let the organiser (Philip Seymour) know if you want to reserve a place via email email@example.com
Obviously this is all subject to the Covid regulations being eased by that time.
We are seeing some changes in personnel this season. Our FML Captain Meta Greenfield has stepped down for health reasons. Meta has led this team over many years and in 2019 we ended up 4th in the league, a vast improvement on the previous year! Thank you for all your hard work Meta.
The new Captain of FML is Margaret Seymour who has big shoes to fill. Good luck to her and the team in 2021 (hopefully if we get back on the green)!
Changes in the committee are as follows:
Chairman - Ken Gifford
Secretary - Laureen Wesley
Treasurer - Anna Jennings
Hon Pres: - Hugh Greenfield
Grounds - Ken Jones
without portfolio ; John Page & Meta G
5th September 2020 - FINALS DAY
Despite Covid we managed to get most competitions played this year. Finals day was played in the sunshine. A great day with quite a few spectators turning out to watch through the day. See picture to right and caption above for the results.
Our Lord & Lady of Barton cups were not played this year due to Covid restrictions.
28th August 2020
Our new shed extension was officially opened by the Committee. All work was undertaken by two wonderful chaps; John Boocock and David Hodge, who did a wonderful job. The extension has doubled the size of the shed and makes storage far easier. They also rebuilt our side access gate and built a ramp to make access easier.
We have been active despite Covid - 19. Club internal competitions are well underway and finals are rapidly approaching. Social distancing on the green has been adhered to throughout as well as good hygiene practice. Watch this space to hear who are our 2020 Champions.
1st June 2020
We are opening up the green tentatively for practice sessions on 1st June. The rinks will be on a bookable system. Only 6 persons allowed on the bowls club grounds at any one time. No visitors or spectators allowed. Social distancing will be adhered to at all times and sterilisation of all equipment used will occur before and after each session by the user.
28th March 2020
Presentation to Elliot Wallis in recognition of his company's support to the bowls club over recent times. A framed first day cover to include "Little Nellie" from James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Elliot's grandfather had great involvement in the development of Little Nellie and our member Philip Seymour who studies philately felt it an appropriate gift for Elliot to place on his Wall of Fame at the garage!
26th March 2020
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak sweeping across the country, the bowls green will be closed with immediate effect. Our grounds team will continue to maintain the green and surround so it is ready for us all when we recommence bowling.
22nd February 2020
The C&D Presentation Dinner for 2019 trophies at Girton Golf Club. Hugh Greenfield (Club Captain & President) will collect the trophy on behalf of Barton Bowls Club for Division 3 Runner up, and Margaret Seymour will collect her trophy for Runner up in the C&D Ladies Singles. Our Chairman Ken Gifford will also be present as the new Junior Vice President of the C&D League.
15th February 2020
We had a very successful social luncheon in the pavilion which was well attended and the committee served up a wonderful meal. A great start to our year. We welcomed a new member to the fold, Jane Whibley, and know she will be a great asset to the Club!
All hands on deck to get the green ship shape. Contact Ken J, Bill H or Philip S to see where your offer of assistance can be best utilised !
Although we are all concentrating on our indoor bowls at present, spare a thought for our groundsmen Bill, Ken and Phil who are beavering away through the autumn and winter to get the green and surrounds in tip top shape for the coming season. New boards will be needed so be prepared to get a call to help dig and replace some of the boards!
We had our Annual Presentation dinner on 9th November which was well attended. Our thanks to guest Alan Clarke who assisted on the evening! We had a wonderful hot meal followed by the presentations and raffle. It was nice to see so many ladies receiving prizes this year! Well done to you all (see photos in our gallery).
Busy month fundraising this month with our jumble sale and quiz night both well supported. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped on the events to earn a nice little profit for the club.
We had a great end of season
July 2019 social BBQ and bowls game with the staff from Wallis & Son. (see picture opposite)
We are having a cracking month in both the FAL and C&D leagues this month. On 28th we won the semi final of the Kenzie Cup and then, on 29th, we beat the league 3 C&D champions at their home ground, convincingly. We are slowly creeping up the league and if we play like this we could be in 4th position by the end of the season. Not a bad effort again. Keep it up team. We also have a member of the club (our secretary) through to the Ladies Singles Semi- final on 14th August at Girton.
Our season is going very well with more wins than losses under our belt. (See match results page). Keep it up team. We are through to the next round of the Kenzie Cup and look forward to the first round of the Gilbert Cup (rearranged due to the bd rains). Many of our members are participating in C&D competitions this season and fairing okay. Our internal club competition matches are well underway and we look forward to a great finals day on 7th September. Our Lord of Barton Cup was won this year by Steve Fordham and our Lady of Barton is Anna Jennings - well done to you both.
Unfortunately, we have been the victims of an apparent theft. Last season we loaned a visiting lady team member a set of our 00 woods, as she had forgotten her own. Trustingly we assumed she would replace them in the shed. However, unfortunately these woods have not been returned and we are now short of a set of 00 woods. These were purchased at a cost of over £160 from grant money received for our youth project and were specifically purchased for the youth members of the club to train with. It is a very sad day when bowlers cannot trust that a good deed is rewarded with honesty.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of our woods please contact us, as we are struggling to keep on top of training our youngsters with inappropriately sized woods.
C&D Ladies Pairs Runner Up trophy awarded to Barton BC at the recent Presentation Dinner in Bar Hill. Margaret & Meta accepted their shields and the Lingham Trophy Rose Bowl. See photos in the gallery.
Sponsored swim 21st November 2018
Margaret Seymour, our Secretary, undertook the sponsored swim at Royston Leisure Pool and successfully swam 2500 metres (100 lengths). A fantastic £317 was raised by this effort. Thank you to all who dug deep in their pockets and to Philip for being the length scorer on the day! This money has already been spent on the upkeep of the Green. Anyone else fancy doing something fun to raise money for the Club?!
Our ladies pair got through to the FINAL of C&D Ladies Pairs Championship 2018 at Great Chesterford Bowls Green. Margaret & Meta came second on this occasion against very stiff opposition from Comberton Bowls Club. Next year perhaps?!
Congratulation to the Bartonian indoor bowls team who came top of their Division 2 league for 2018 and are heading to the dizzy heights of Division 1 - the Premiership! Here are a few of the members accepting the trophy. Hugh, Meta, Clive, Paul and Andy. Well done guys - well deserved.
We are continuing with our 10am roll up on a Tuesday for those of you who wish to get in some practice or just pop along for a social cup of coffee. Let's hope the weather this season will be kind to us!
Of course our normal club night on a Thursday evening runs from 6pm throughout the season.
We love to meet new members. Pop along to a session (listed below) or contact the secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org to check green availability (subject to home matches)
CB23 7BG, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Thursday evenings 6.15pm
Tuesday mornings 10.00am