Club Closure

Following today’s (Monday 16 March) announcement by Government, the Club Committee has regretfully come to the decision to close the club with immediate effect, for the foreseeable future. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but the welfare and safety of our members, guests, staff and volunteers is of paramount importance to us.

All members will be able to visit the club for the remainder of this week to collect any belongings but all bowling is suspended and club facilities will be unavailable.

The Club Committee will be meeting later this week and hope to be able to advise members further once this has taken place. All Club Competitions will be frozen at the current stages and the Competition Secretary will communicate with those affected before the new season commences.

We urge all members to take care during this worrying time and remind everyone to follow the current guidance around stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Club Competitions nearing final stages

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The Club Competitions are drawing to a close for this season with the finalists being decided by the end of this month. Check out the current contenders here

The Club Finals Weekend starts on the evening of Friday 3 April and runs all day Saturday 4 and Sunday 5. Food will be available on both days of the weekend and the bar will be open during all Finals.

We would love to see as many members, family, friends and visitors support this year’s Finals as possible so please do come on down!

Halfway point in season for club domestic leagues

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As we have reached the halfway point in the Winter season for domestic leagues, we have taken a moment to highlight some notable efforts in the leagues:

Monday 11.30am Open Triples
Tyros, captained by Bill Docherty, have had a very impressive start to the season winning 12 out of their 13 matches. They are 6 points clear of second place team Cormorants, captained by Brian Johnson.

Monday 7pm Open Fours
Hawkes, captained by Ann Humphries, also have had a very impressive start to the season winning 11 out of  their 13 matches and a shot difference of +128  shots! They are 5  points clear of second place team Pirates, captained by Brian Heather.

Tuesday 9.30am Open Triples
A slightly reduced league in terms of numbers of teams has meant this league has become a lot more competitive. Just 3 points separates first place team Pepperbox, captained by Brian Heather on 16 points, and third place team Falcons, captained by David Hands, on 13 points. Second place goes to Swifts, captained by Margaret Griffin, who sit only 1 point behind league leaders Pepperbox.

Tuesday 7pm Open Fours
What was previously regarded as one of  the most competitive leagues has dropped off in recent years. Down from 8 teams last year to only 6 teams this year, and a small change in personnel, has meant that league leaders, Stones (who won the league last year), captained by Dennis Shipp, are 7 points clear of second place Mixtures, captained by Ian Duckett, who are on 14 points. A commendation goes to the Silly Squids, captained by Jamie Reynolds, who have introduced the club’s youngest members to the league with two players having a combined age of 20 years old!

Wednesday 7pm Open Triples
What is now considered the ‘strongest’ league there are three teams all competing for top honours. League leaders, Young Ones, captained by Nick Revell, top the league with 11 wins from 13 matches and an impressive +138 shot difference. They are 4 points clear of second place Hornets, captained by Tom Warner, although Hornets do have a game in hand and so may be able to close the gap at the top to  just 2 points. Third place team, Aardwolf, captained by Fraser Boynton, are close on the Hornet’s heels with 16 points and a better shot difference.

Thursday 9.30am Open Triples
This league features 7 teams and so is one of the best attended leagues for the club. Rotors, captained by David Chapman, top the league with an impressive 10 wins from 11 games and a +109 shot difference. They find themselves 7 points clear of second place Greens, captained by Jack Stone.

Thursday 7pm Open Fours
Disappointingly, another small league with only 5 teams fighting it out this season. Top honours go to Robins, captained by Mike Crane, with 16 points with second place Rakers,  captained by Stuart Mason, coming in on 11 points. Third place Rogues, captained by Phil Savage, are only 1 point behind Rakers and so still all to play for this season.

Friday 9.30am Open Triples
This league is the most full league of the week featuring 8 teams and using all 4 rinks – something we hope to see more of next season! This year, as in previous years, top honours go to Beejays, captained by Ken Jefferies, with 11 wins and 1 draw out of their first 13 matches. This sees them top the league with 23 points and an impressive +149 shot difference. Second place is currently Eagles, captained by Brian Johnson, who have 9 wins and 18 points.

 

Five Rivers Open Day

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The next Open Day at the club will be held on Saturday 25 January between 2-4pm.

If  you have ever fancied giving bowls a go, or would like to come along and find out more about it, please do pop in and meet some of the friendly volunteers that run our club. Bar and refreshments will be available.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to e-mail info@fiveriversibc.com or call the club on 01722 335827.

Five Rivers welcome new members following completion of the club coaching course

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This week Five Rivers welcomed several new members following the completion of their four introductory coaching sessions. Head to our Join Us page to see how new members can benefit from these introductory sessions here

SGS Salisbury visit Five Rivers for fun-filled evening!

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On Friday 18 October several members of staff from SGS in Salisbury visited Five Rivers for an evening of entertainment, bowls and a few beers! A great night was had by all and if you and your local business wants to give bowls a try in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with bar facilities and wi-fi then please get in touch! A few pictures from the evening are shown below!

Guinness World Record attempt to take place at Five Rivers

On Saturday 14 September starting at 8am, current member Jamie Reynolds and former member David Leighfield will be attempting an official Guinness World Record attempt for the longest game of singles in bowls. The current record stands at 30 hours held by two players from New Zealand and Jamie and David will be aiming for 36 hours (if not longer!).

They are fundraising for the Children’s Ward at Salisbury District Hospital in association with the Stars Appeal. Their Just Giving page can be found here and any donations for this great cause are welcome.

The Club will be open for spectators to come and cheer Jamie and David on during the day and with bar facilities available on site refreshments can be provided during your visit.

Club Competition Secretary, Tom Warner, is organising the administration behind the World Record attempt and so please get in touch with him at competitions@fiveriversibc.com should you have any questions.

Open Days – Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019

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The Club’s next Open Day will be on Friday 27 September 2019 from 2-8pm and on Saturday 28 September 2-4pm.

Please come along and have a try and see our successful club.

New roof for Club

Five Rivers celebrates the completion of its new roof which was supported by the Salisbury Area Board with a grant of £5,000 against the total cost of £22,400.  The old asbestos roof had reached the end of its useful life and concern was expressed that a major leak would damage the carpet which had recently been replaced at a cost of £25K. Please see images of the new roof below.

New Roof

Club Finals 2019 schedule

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The schedule for this year’s club competition finals can be found at the link below and is also displayed in the Club.

Please come down and support the players and the club over the three days – will be great to see you!

Club Finals Schedule 2019