Since the recent posts about the green, one or two people have asked about how they can organise a casual session of bowls at the green. Who do they need to contact to get the gate unlocked etc etc? Who do they have to pay and how much?
It seems there is an interest in the village for such casual sessions, or organised “try it” activities put on by the Club.
Could somebody from the Club please respond and let us know what can be done?
A letter was read from Honingham Bowls Club, describing the difficult situation they were now in, with fewer members, and problems financing the maintenance of the green. The letter said £800 per year was required. The Parish Council agreed to pay this for the first year, and then to review the situation next year. A cheque for £800 was signed. Representatives of the Bowls Club were present at the meeting, and some discussion took place about ways of attracting new members.
Messrs Perrett and Cullender were asked to consider ideas for getting villagers to take an interest in the Club, possibly through some kind of open day or evening.
The club was founded in 1923. 62 years later the green was made larger, under the capable hands of Aubrey Webb and the late Ally Norman. Ally was the instigator for this project, and with the help of club members it was turned into the excellent green it still is today.
On the club’s 75th anniversary in 1998 the England President of the EBA and his team were invited to Honingham by Tony Lyon to play our team.
The green is still maintained by Aubrey, and over the years it has seen quite a few members winning various competitions and playing for Norfolk.
However, as each season comes along we often wonder how much longer we can carry on as the membership gets older. If there is anyone out there – young or old – who would like to join us, do please contact Aubrey on 01603 880270 or myself, Ted Perrett, on 01603 880468. This could be your forte!