Beckingham Bowls Club...

Gainsborough League Knockout Shield Winners 2007
Beckingham Bowls Club is the only surviving sports club remaining in the village and has been running since the opening of the Village Hall and Playing Field in 1948. The Green was set out by one of the founder members, Herbert Proudley along with others and the initial equipment was obtained through fundraising. Some of the original members include Jack Searson, Ben Madin, Doug Roberts, George Butler, Frank Adams as well as Herbert Proudley. Captains over the years have included, Will Foster, John Taylor, Geoff Proudley, Liz Scott, Frank Penson and in 2008 Audrey Rogers. Originally the Village Hall was used for changing rooms until the Club obtained some cabins in 1980, which were placed around the Bowls Green. These provide changing facilities, toilets and a kitchen area for the provision of refreshments. Apart from a yearly fee paid to the village hall (who own the land) for the use of the land, the club is completely self sufficient through membership fees and fundraising and maintain the Green themselves. Rex Madin was the first paid Groundsman in 1952. The Club has generally been well supported in the past with as many as 200 members, however in 2003 this was down to 50 and in 2008 there were only 27. At one time there was a thriving Youth team but interest gradually waned and there are no longer younger members, although they are still very welcome to join!
Runners up in Gainsborough Kelsey Cup Final
Initially only friendly matches were played up until 1984/85 when the club joined the Gainsborough League, which now includes Melrose S&S, Scotter 1, Marshall A, Marshall Sports, Lincoln Coop, Owston Ferry, Cottam 2100, Wheatley, Scotter 2, Marton, Misterton, and Rose A. Beckingham is also in the Isle of Axholme Pensioners League, along with the villages of Epworth, Crowle, Belton, Misterton, Everton, Haxey, Owston Ferry and Rose A Team. They are generally at the forefront of the Leagues.
Gainsborough Standard Bowls League Winners 1990
The season runs from mid April to mid September and for pensioners it goes from May to August. Singles, Triples, Pairs and Mixed Pairs matches are held throughout the season. The Club has an Invitation Day, which has been held since 1983 when it was made up of 32 pairs each consisting of one club member and one guest from another club. The pairs being divided into four groups of eight play in round robin style. From then on the competition becomes a straight knockout with winners and runners-up from the groups going forward to play in quarter and semi-finals and the final. There is a Millennium Day when only other Clubs are allowed to play in Beckingham not the home team. A Fundraising Day also takes place. A Presentation Day is held in October, usually an evening event which includes a 2 course meal and a local speaker.

In 2008 the Club celebrated their 60th Year with a Diamond Jubilee Celebration Invitation Pairs Day. A fun day with members, some of whom were in fancy dress, enjoying a Celebration Tea, along with invited guests.
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