About Hook Bowling Club
CORONAVIRUS - [Update as at early March 2021] After a difficult year in 2020, where we did manage to operate on a limited basis with roll-ups and a novel Covid Cup knockout competition, the planning for the 2021 outdoor season is already well under way. How much can actually be achieved will depend on the national position on vaccination, impact of newer virus variants and the overall governmental rulings to ensure suitable safety, nationwide. Bowls England will remain as our specific guide for playing activity. We will soon start a phased re-start after national lockdown but restrictions will apply for some time. Recent correspondence from various associations indicates that dates for some matches* and venues might change as guidance from Bowls England reflects changes to government restrictions. Their latest update includes: "from Monday 29th March, which is the same day as Step 1 of the government roadmap, we expect affiliated clubs to be able to open and play, based on the ‘Rule of 6’; - from 12th April Step 2 is likely to allow outdoor catering on site, changing rooms to be open and the easing of travel restrictions. Step 3 from Monday 17th May means larger groups should be able to gather at clubs and inside catering to take place with restrictions". Internal competitions are now, also, being set up using our recently developed on-line booking system - accessible to members via this web site. Updated User Guide information is available to Members.*due to uncertainty over fixtures/Covid impact, this season's fixtures list is only updated in the Match Booking System.
The new outdoor season is planned to start on the weekend of 17th/18th April. The assigned weekend for outdoor internal competition Finals is the 4th/5th September of 2021.
Despite the difficult times we are in, the Club did gain two new members last year and we continue to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to consider taking up this healthy and sociable game.
Coaching: The Club has 5 people who can coach beginners/improvers (see Certificates on the notice board.for names) and we have equipment to aid any member who wants to find a way of getting down lower to bowl or get to the jack more often! Any member who feels they would benefit from a bit of one-to-one help, please do ask one of the coaches.
Hook Bowling Club is an active and successful Outdoor and Shortmat club with a playing membership with ages ranging from teenagers to octogenarians. Based in the north east Hampshire village of Hook the club has a purpose built club house with its own car park and what is acknowledged as one of the best 6/7 rink outdoor greens in the area. We welcome new members of any ability from absolute beginners to experienced players. To make joining easier we can now accept on-line applications but you can still call into the club when open or write to/phone the Membership Secretary (Bob Vivian - 01256 762775). Look out, also, for our Open Day announcements when everyone is welcome to come and have a go!
Covid Cup Winners
Tony Gepp and Ken Taylor
It's for Juniors, too!
You may not see it on the tv much but a large number of juniors play bowls and those in their late teens often break though into full international squads and titles. A local Basingstoke area player, recently became the English Indoor Women's Two Wood Singles Champion when she was 19 years old. Katherine Rednall famously won the 2014 World Title at the Indoor Bowls Championship at the age of 18. If this appeals to you or you think your child/grandchild may be interested please contact our Membership Secretary on 01256 762775 - we give free coaching!
What we offer:
Beginner level bowls, all the way through to County level competition
Social events for Club Members: theatre, day trips out, Quiz nights, Touring Team trips and visits (see "Social" page for more information), etc.
- all from a modern and comfortable Clubhouse that the membership runs, including affordable Bar
- including active maintenance during our virus closedown: bench painting and tarmac path
Come and join us! - have a look at the "Thinking of Joining" page for more information, and a fun and informative video .
Discover the fun of using 'bias' (see below for a typical maker's explanation) - see the "More" page for a video that explains the basics of the game of Lawn Bowls and another that shows how bowls are made - it's fascinating!.
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