Subscriptions 2020/21 Direct Debit option

All members who wish to pay their annual subscription and locker rental via Direct Debit can do so by following the link here.

Sad news – Dave Geary

It is with great sadness that we have to advise of the death of former member Dave Geary in the week commencing 3 August.

Dave was actively involved in the Club in its early days being a member of the Board of Directors under the previous limited company structure and had been heavily involved at Wilton Bowls Club for over 30 years.

We do not yet have any further details regarding funeral arrangements and will update when this is possible.

Five Rivers Open Day


The next Open Day at the club will be held over two days on Friday 24 September between 2-8pm and Saturday 25 September between 2-4pm. Please see the poster here.

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. All Covid-19 safety measures have been put in place in accordance with guidance from the Government and the indoor bowls governing body (English Indoor Bowling Association).

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to e-mail

Sad news – Dave Gill

It is with great sadness that we have to advise of the death of former member Dave Gill on Friday morning.

We do not yet have any further details regarding funeral arrangements and will update when this is possible.

Club re-opening – new rules

The Club is looking forward to welcoming members back to bowling. Our Chairman, Andy Wilson, sent a letter to the membership explaining the new measures to ensure all social distancing and government guidance is adhered to.

Letter from Chairman

New Rules (Covid-19 measures)

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.