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, followed by current Captain Roger Platts in 2013. 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. The club is completely self sufficient through membership fees and fundraising and maintain the Green themselves. Ben Madin was the first Groundsman in 1952, and current Groundsman is Geoff Proudley. 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, but has risen in 2017 to 33. 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 Bowls League, which now includes Melrose SSC, Scotter , Marshall A, Marshall Sports, Owston Ferry, Wheatley, Marton, Misterton, and Rose Leisure. Beckingham also has 2 teams in the in the Isle of Axholme Pensioners’ Leagues and a team in the Isle of Axholme Evening League, along with local villages including Epworth, Crowle, Belton, Misterton, Everton, Haxey, Owston Ferry, Marton and Rose’s teams.
Gainsborough Standard Bowls League Winners 1990
The season runs from mid April to mid September, and Singles, Pairs & Triples competitions are held on the 1st Saturdays in July August & September. 2017 saw the introduction of the Ladies Singles to be held in September. The Club has an Open Pairs Gala Day held on the 3rd Sunday in July, which was formerly called 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 were divided into four groups of eight and played in round robin style. From then on the competition became a straight knockout with winners and runners-up from the groups going forward to play in quarter and semi-finals and the final. Recently, the format has been changed to 28 pairs playing in 2 leagues, with a final between the winners of each league and a play off for 3rd & 4th between the pairs finishing 2nd in each league. Food and refreshments prepared by members and their partners are available all day in the Village Hall. There used to be a Millennium Day which was changed to Anniversary Triples when only players from other clubs were allowed to play. An Annual Lunch takes place in March with the Presentation Evening in October, including a meal or buffet and a quiz

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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