St Ippolyts Bowls Club
Founded in 1935 with a current membership of 69 playing and social members, the club is always keen to attract new members-new members enjoy free membership for the first year. Colin Davidson, our green keeper and also England Bowls Association Coach, is rightly very proud of the high quality of our green.
Practice sessions or 'roll-ups' take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from about 5.30p.m to 7.30p.m (the season starts at the end of April and finishes at the beginning of September) but new members can be shown around the club at other times if contact is made with the secretary (Peter Belton - telephone 01462 620816) or other members of the club. Members will have access to the club and green by means of their own keys.
You will find us at the Recreation Ground off Orchard Close St Ippolyts following Mill Lane and then Mill Road if you come from Gosmore or following the signs to the Recreation Ground if coming from the Codicote Road. There is ample and free parking next to the green. Click on 'contact' to view map and find precise location.
The club's principal matches are played in the Stevenage Mixed League (ladies and men) on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are eleven teams competing in this league with fixtures played at home and away - St Ippolyts won the league in 2017, came third in 2018 and in 2016 & 2018 won the Stevenage Mixed League Knockout Cup.
The men also play matches in the Hertfordshire County League and in 2016 reached the Divisional Final.
The ladies play in the North Hertfordshire Women's Association- in 2016 St Ippolyts won the Ladies Fours and in 2018 won the League.
In addition, members can participate in club competitions in a variety of formats with a 'Finals Day' held at the beginning of September.
Coaching is provided by our England Bowls Association coach Colin Davidson.
The club attaches a high importance to its standing in the local community and in keeping members in touch with one another, particularly during the off- season. 'Casino' or 'Race Evenings' are arranged with fish and chip dinners, a Macmillan's fund raising coffee morning has been held annually as well as birthday celebrations and an Xmas get together. During the summer a 'Fun Day' is organised for all comers including children. The ' Vicar's Cup' marks the start of the season when again members of the community are invited to participate in a friendly informal game or just to try the game for the first time.