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 Garczynski-Alesbury, 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.

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.

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: https://fb.me/e/1ANX1Yq3G

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).

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.

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).

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.

To round off a successful year for Stoke Park, the bowling club will be holding their annual Awards Night and Presentation dinner at Merrist Wood Golf Club, Guildford. In a season which saw the club’s West Surrey team achieve promotion to League 1, club members will meet up for a well-earned three course dinner. Winners of the club’s internal competitions will be presented with their trophies.

Club members who would like to attend are to contact Chris How before the closing date of Sunday 12th January.

Stoke Park is ready and eager to start the new season with anticipation of some exciting fixtures and competitions.
We start our season away at Bramley on April 27th, followed by hosting Mytchett on April 28th. The fixture card is filled with social and competitive fixtures throughout the summer and we hope to see some good bowling all season.

The green has been shortened on the western side (towards Wey Valley) – we intend on rotating the green this year to help the greenkeepers… keep it green! It will be a challenge for the first few weeks, but we’re sure we’ll all get our bearings very soon.

Stoke Park’s luck last year in the West Surrey league left us, reluctantly leaving us with 15 points in 8th. With majority home games this year, we’re looking to break the top half and perhaps promotion with everyone’s support!
Our sides in the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday leagues are back again; we hope everyone can help them as they push for success.
The Top10 Wednesday social evenings will also be back in 2019 (first date TBC). Open to absolutely everyone, no dress code, and a format that can change the result in the blink of an eye, come on down and invite anyone for a enjoyable evening. Remember you get points for just turning up!

The club competitions have been drawn – please help the organisers in playing the games promptly. Last year saw some very exciting games lead to a packed Finals Day and we hope there will be just as many great matches this year.

Our selected charity this year is Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, who provide care for those in West Surrey and NE Hampshire. They are a very worthy cause, so please donate what you can whenever you see a pot at the clubhouse.

Finally, we hope everyone enjoys themselves and we have a glorious summer. Put your names down for selection wherever possible, and ultimately have fun!

Stoke Park Bowling Club is pleased to announce the renewal of the annual Open Mixed Floodlight Competition, to be played on weeknights commencing on Monday 10th September 2018.

The competition is open to mixed teams of four players which shall all times comprise of at least one lady and one man, and do not have to be all be members of the same club with a substitute allowed. All teams will be guaranteed at least two games.

Further details available here.

(hopefully the rain will stay away!)