Peebles BC Club Story
Last year as part of our Return to the Green series, we spoke to the committee at Peebles Bowling Club in District 30 and heard about the extraordinary membership growth the club had achieved. During COVID the club brought in 50 new members through promoting the club as a safe, outdoor space where the community could reconnect with one another and realise the mental and physical benefits of our sport.
This club has a real family feel with committee and members working well together to the benefit of the club. Flexibility from the clubs dedicated team of volunteers sees job roles and responsibilities being shared out and well managed amongst the team. This years’ president, Colin Thomson, was himself introduced to bowls and the club via the annual Traders Day event.
Local businesses and club members make up the teams who take part in knock-out competition on the early May bank holiday weekend of this event which first started in 1971. We spoke to Colin, Peebles members and first-time bowlers from the Peebles Community about their experience of the day.
41 teams took part with lots of people watching and even a few signing up as new members. The final was a tight contest between ‘CastleWarehouse NorthGate’: Charlie Ford, Keith Norman, Tam Cleland and Alistair Smith and the ‘Plasterer’s’: Stewart Weir, Jamie Fleming, Derek and Tam Hinton with Castle Warehouse Northgate the winning team!
164 players took to the green which was divided into 7 rinks to accommodate everyone, club volunteers were busy from 8am through to late serving food and drinks, all adding to the atmosphere and encouraging people to stay and enjoy the bowls.
Watch the videos below to find out more…