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Shalford Bowlers Celebrate New All-Year Playing Surface

Published on: 10 Oct, 2023
Updated on: 13 Oct, 2023

Bowlers at Shalford Village Bowling Club has celebrated the launch of its new green, an all-year playing surface. 

Among the VIPs welcomed by club president Ted Mitchell and club chair was Anne Stokoe was Sheron Mitchell, administratror of Bowls England, who presented a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. 

Club members with Sheron Mitchell, administrator of Bowls England, on the new all-year playing surface.

Bowls England generously supported the club’s fundraising efforts, led by Anne, as did other local benefactors present on the day, including representatives from the village hall (where the club is sited), the parish council and local estate agents Chantries & Pewleys.

Anne Stokoe said: “We had to raise over £94,000 and our efforts were very much affected by the Covid lockdown, and the subsequent steep rise in material costs.

“Our original target was £64,000. But we made it, thanks to the efforts of our committee, club members and the generosity of local businesses and organisations, including Guildford Lottery.

“I’m so grateful for the help of all involved. Bowling is good for people’s health, it keeps them fit and active and offers team playing and companionship.”

Sheron Mitchell (centre, standing) is welcomed by club president Ted Mitchell and club chair Anne Stokoe.

The new outdoor surface, one of only two in Surrey, will transform the playing experience for bowlers, as visiting players from other clubs have already recognised.

The previous green was over 20 years old and really showing its age in a sport that demands precision and a consistent playing surface.

The celebrations were marked by a lunch for all members and guests, followed by a series of informal matches.

The Bowls England commemorative plaque, held by Anne club chair Anne Stokoe and Ronnie Smith, playing surface lead.

The bowls club welcomes new players and runs appropriate training. Members can take part in club competitions, as well as playing in leagues under the auspices of Bowls Surrey.

Informal ‘roll-up’ sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, where ad-hoc games and matches are organised.

If you would like to learn more about Shalford Village Bowling Club and playing bowls, contact club secretary, Jane Holt via email:

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