New lighting at club

Following several issues with the lighting last year, Five Rivers are proud to announce a new lighting system that was installed by SGS in Salisbury.

The old lighting system had been in place, with periodic tube replacements and inspections, since the club first opened in 1984 and so was in need of a refresh. The new lighting system boasts single tubes every 2-3 metres along the length of the green flooding the playing surface with light.

Blaming a bad bowl on ‘shadows’ should now be a thing of the past!

Some pictures, courtesy of SGS, as below.

View of the new lighting system across all the rinks

Up close picture of the new system

Club re-opening

The Committee are pleased to announce that the Club is due to re-open on Monday 27 July. This is of course subject to on-going Government and EIBA guidance.

We are awaiting delivery of a signage and card payment system and we will notify all members of the systems to follow by e-mail/post as soon as possible.

Sad news – Pete Gurd

It is with great sadness that we have to advise of the death of Pete Gurd yesterday. He died at home with his family beside him. Pete had been suffering from cancer for the last year.

Pete had been a member of Five Rivers for a many years. He was a Life Member of Five Rivers. Pete was a keen bowler and, since his decision last year to stop bowling, many teams have felt the loss of his presence and experience over the past year. It was never too much trouble for Pete to help wherever and whenever he could.

He had held various offices within the club, with the most recent being Membership Secretary and President. His attendance on recruitment events was a key part of introducing new bowlers to the sport. Pete’s unfailing good humour and positive outlook on life made him a very popular person.

Pete was also a longstanding member at Wilton, where he had held the positions of President and  Captain. With his wife, Sue, he looked after the gardens at Wilton. He also looked after the Wilton logo on the outside wall of the clubhouse, painting it every year to keep it looking smart.

A man of many talents who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and his family at this time.

No details as yet for funeral arrangements.

Fun quiz to pass the time

The Club would like to extend their thanks to member Anthony Phillips who kindly ran a remote quiz for all members. Entry was £2 each and the winner would receive four hours free bowling at the club when it re-opens.

The winner, with an amazing 74/75, was Ken Jefferies. Ken kindly declined the free bowling so  that the club could benefit in full from the entry money received – way to go Ken!

For those of you who would like to give it a go please see the link below. However, beware this is the complete question and answer sheet.

Covid quiz

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


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


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


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 or call the club on 01722 335827.

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


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!


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!