New bowlers at an open day

Club Open Day, Sunday May 7th

Experience the Joy and Fellowship of Bowls at Guildford’s Best Club.

Are you looking for a fun, social way to stay active and meet new people in Guildford? Look no further than Stoke Park Bowling Club! Our friendly and competitive club is the perfect place to discover the joys of lawn bowls and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.

Join us for our upcoming open day on Sunday, May 8th between 10:30 am and 3 pm, where we’ll provide all the equipment you need to get started, along with prizes, music, and basic coaching. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, you’re sure to have a great time and make new friends.

But the benefits of joining Stoke Park Bowling Club go far beyond a single open day. As a member of our club, you’ll enjoy regular games and competitions, social events, and the chance to improve your skills with coaching and support from fellow members. Plus, playing lawn bowls is a great way to stay active, improve your coordination and balance, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of our club.

So come and join us at Stoke Park Bowling Club – we can’t wait to welcome you! No need to book, but if possible, please register your interest through Facebook here: [Link to event will go here]. And be sure to check out some of our photos and videos to see just how much fun we have at the club!

Stoke Park win bronze at ‘Top 4’ competition

A Stoke Park team made it to the final of the Area 4 ‘Top 4’ competition, losing the semi-final but winning the ‘bronze medal’ match. The rink, consisting of Geoff Iles, Chris How, Gareth G, Mark Medhurst and team manager Rodney Morrison, saw off Woodbridge Hill B and Merrow on their way to the finals day at Tongham Bowls Club. They lost a competitive semi-final in the morning against Knaphill A, before a win against Knaphill B in the third/fourth playoff secured third place. Well done to the team.

New bowlers at an open day

Open Day attracts new members

The Club’s first Open Day of the year took place on Sunday, May 8th and was blessed with perfect weather and plenty of folks looking to have their first taste of bowls.

Members were always on hand to help visitors learn the ropes. A number of guests displayed natural talent and keenness to join in with the club’s matches and club social bowls evenings, and we look forward to welcoming them to the club.

The next open day is scheduled for Saturday, June 11th, 10:30-4pm.

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Club Open Day, Sunday May 8th

Following on from last year’s highly popular club open day, Stoke Park Bowling Club are inviting everybody to come and try their hand and the fantastic sport of bowls.

All equipment will be provided, all that we ask is that guests come wearing flat-bottomed shoes. Parking is free and the bar will be open. Prizes, music and basic coaching will be provided to get you started.

If you’re interested in joining a friendly and competitive bowls club in Guildford, whether you’re completely new to the sport or a seasoned old hand, this is a great opportunity to meet some of the club members and sign up. But no pressure – if you just want to see what all the fuss is about and have a free game in the fresh air with your friends and family, you’re assured a warm welcome.

No need to book, but if possible, please register your interest through Facebook here:

Rodney receives his trophy

Surrey Two-Wood Championship victory for Rodney

Stoke Park’s Rodney Morrison claimed victory in the Surrey Men’s Two-Wood singles final on Sunday. Facing opponent Paul Bennet of Old Coulsdon Bowling Club, Rodney triumphed by 15 shots to 4.

Rodney’s path to victory included a 1 shot victory in the quarter finals and a 5 shot semi-final win. These successes mean that he has gained his County Badge and will be invited to play for Surrey.

The club are enormously proud of Rodney, not just for his fantastic achievements here, but as one of our club coaches, for his willingness to share his knowledge with fellow members and new starters.

Rodney Morrison receives his two-wood singles championship trophy at Croydon BC.
Rodney Morrison receives his two-wood singles championship trophy at Croydon BC.
Rodney Morrison (right) and finalist Paul Bennet (left).
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Murley Triples comp a great success

A capacity contingent of 30 players took part in the annual one-day Murley Triples competition on Saturday 5th September. With ten teams of triples, the competition was fought over four round-robin matches, with the top two teams proceeding to a final.

Congratulations to Peter, Mike and Chris (left to right in the photo, below) who won the Murley Triples competition on Saturday 5th September after a very close final The gallant runners-up were Larry, Ken and David.

bowls trophy top 10 league guildford stoke park

Top10 open league set for exciting final game

The Wednesday night open league is set for a thrilling final game of the season, with four players in contention for the Top10 Open League trophy. With a maximum of six points available from the final game, newbie David Loveder leads the league by three points, but will miss the final game as he’s off on holiday (commitment, man!). With Chris How and Alfie Simmons both three points behind and Guildford’s musical and bowls legend Francis Greene 4 points behind, it’s anybody’s guess who will win.

To the victor goes the eternal satisfaction of triumph and a tiny trophy. To the losers, nothing except the honour of a well fought contest in a testing year.

With Covid interrupting most of the season, it’s been wonderful to have 24 players taking part on Wednesday evenings, some getting their very first taste of the club and the sport.

The full league table is published on the Top10 League page.

Card and contactless payments now taken at the bar

Payment at the bar can now be made using chip and pin cards, contactless cards and through enabled mobile devices. Whilst Covid 19 is a present issue, it’s requested that patrons pay only via these methods. Receipts are available on request.

QR code payment options are offered at more and more small businesses. Also called “scan to pay,” QR payment technology is easy to implement. Accepting a QR code payment can be as simple as printing a code that your customer can scan with their phone’s camera. Your customers can also complete a scan-to-pay transaction by scanning a QR code on your POS screen, or by presenting a QR code your business can scan with a laser scanner. Importantly, your small business will need a QR code payment app to accept this modern payment form. Another important app or software to add for your payment methods is to outsourcing the payroll part for your financial management.

Keep reading to learn more about QR code payments and how to offer a “Pay with QR code” option.

A QR code is a “Quick Response” code, a type of two-dimensional barcode that’s scannable with a smartphone camera or 2D barcode reader. QR codes can be used to share information or to complete a mobile, online payment.

To pay with a QR code, upon scanning a merchant’s code, the customer is prompted to open a website or QR code payment app where they can complete their payment electronically by entering their credit card details or using a mobile wallet like Apple Pay.

Businesses can also process QR code transactions by scanning a customer’s QR code. For example, the customer might have a plastic gift card with a QR code printed on it or a digital QR code saved in their mobile wallet.

Open bowls returns in August

The open Top Ten league will start up in August and commence til the close of the season. Stating Wednesday 5th August and continuing every Wednesday until mid September, the relaxed “come as you are” bowls evening will inject some gentle competition in to a season which has mainly consisted of private practice, given the covid safety measures required.

Players and watchers are all welcome. Players are invited to arrive from 6pm for a 6:30 start. No special attire is required. The format will aim to be randomly drawn pairs. Non-members are welcome to join in. Those new to bowls are recommended to contact the organiser, Alfie Simmons on to ensure equipment is ready for you and these is sufficient space.

Social distancing, cleaning and hygiene processes will be followed in light of the covid 19 situation. The clubhouse will be open and masks are mandated whilst inside.

The bar will be open, and thanks to a new card payment machine, contactless card payment will be available (and much preferred, thanks).

Stoke Park win promotion to First Division league

Following a successful promotion push in 2019, Stoke Park Bowling Club are looking forward to the new challenge of playing in the competitive First Division of the West Surrey Saturday League.

The Men’s West Surrey League, which plays simultaneously alongside the mixed gender Sapphire League on Saturday afternoons, completed an almost-perfect season, winning 8 games in a row and losing only to the eventual league winners, Egham.

The Club is keen to welcome new members to add depth to the team. Experienced players or complete beginners are equally welcome; our team of coaches will bring you up to speed and have you enjoying competitive sport in no time.