Parkside Bowls Club
PARKSIDE BOWLS CLUB
A BrIef History
Recently we discovered Parkside Bowls Club won the first division trophy in 1967, which we think was part of the Factory League at that time. Unfortunately, we cannot verify this fact but believe Parkside Bowls Club existed long before our records here show,
In 1981 John Brown, the WGC League Secretary was also Parkside Bowls Club secretary. He began 'Learner' courses to introduce new players to the sport of lawn green bowls. These courses proved very successful and two teams competed in the WGC League, namely Parkside and Beehive. However the number of members declined and after the 1982 season the Parkside team was dropped.
In 1983 five of the 'Learners' elected to retain the Parkside Club and has competed in the League successfully ever since.
Parkside Bowls Club has approximately 30 members and enters two teams in the Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League.
Our Greenside team currently play in the 1st Division and finished runners up in the 2015 season and also runners up in the John Brown Trophy having held the Trophy in 2013 and 2014. The Greens also finished runners up in the 2018 season.
Our Woodside team play in the 2nd Division and have finished mid table since joining the League in 2014.
We also have a ladies team in the St Albans and District Ladies Bowls Association and Parkside Bowls Club hosted the Ladies Semi-finals at King George V Playing Fields in 2016.
Our home games are played at King George V Playing Fields, off Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 4BP. Greenwich Leisure Ltd (known as BETTER) on behalf of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, maintain the bowling greens and the club facilities to a very high standard and all the facilities are available for public hire during the season.
Our club roll up (practice) days are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 pm, as well as Sundays friendly games permitting.
Friendly games are organised throughout the season when we get to play against and socialse with other local bowls teams.
In 2017 to incorporate the Parkside name, Greenside has become Parkside Greens and Woodside has become Parkside Woods.
In 2017 Parkside re-entered a team in the East Herts League after many years absence and in 2018 earned promotion to Division 2 with an excellent season in Division 3 ending up Champions with only one defeat.
In 2019 anyone who wishes to try Bowls will be made welcome at any of our Club roll up days, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 2 - 4 pm when we will have a qualified Bowls Coach, as well as Club Members willing to assist or teach anyone whatever their experience how to play bowls during these sessions. The only requirement is that flat soled shoes must be worn on the green. Other equipment will be available if required.
The Meaning of Our Club Badge
3 Oak Trees as we are based in a Garden City
3 Bowls as we are a bowling club
The Crown as our home games are played at King George V Playing Fields
The Hart as we are affiliated to the Hertfordshire Bowls Association