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Joining Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club.
If you are new to the game of bowls, we have a pathway designed just for you.
If you are a Crown Green Bowler looking for a new experience or direction we can show you the way.
If you are already an experienced Club Bowler we can integrate you into Club and County Life.
If you are new to the game, or played a long time ago, and want to give it a try, we have a taster programme, (a sort of "Try Before You Buy"), which you can access by clicking on the 'Play Bowls/Stay Active' header at the top of the page, Fill in the form and we will contact you as soon as possible.
If you are already an experienced bowler and would like to simply take out Club Membership, the Membership Application can be found under the 'Join Us' header at the top of the page. The various categories of Membership are explained on the first page with the link to the Membership Application at the bottom of the page. Once you have filled in the form you will receive an acknowledgement explaining all about the Club, how to pay your Membership Fee, and the Competitions we organise.
The Hunt Cup - Ladies' Singles Championship
Tuesday 26 September 2023
The much postponed Hunt Cup, and of course the Consolation Cup will now be played next week. The Hunt Cup is 21 up, with two trial ends; the Consolation is 11 up, no trial ends but a maximum of two shots on first end of each game. The weather forecast is optimistic so fingers crossed for a great day. It will take place after Finals Weekend so both finals will be played on the same day.
Start Time: 09.30 hrs.
Dress Code: Smart casual, but if you prefer to wear club or white top and greys you are welcome to do so.
There is no catering, so please bring your own.
Competition Steward is Graham Ellis.
Visit from Renfrewshire County
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September 2023
The Club has just experienced one of the greatest weekends in their history with a visit from the Scottish County Renfrewshire Under 25’s team and their parents and supporters.
On Saturday we hosted their Under 25 team of 4 rinks.
These young people were a credit to their organisation and their parents. They were great bowlers (ask Gordon Niven), superbly well mannered, enthusiastic, generous and fun to share the green with. The game ended 2-2 in rinks with BFGBC close winners on aggregate. The bar ran dry but reinforcements saved the day. A great start to the weekend.
On Sunday we hosted their parents/supporters- otherwise known as the Legends! When you have to welcome and introduce four Past Renfrew County Presidents, in addition to three Lancashire PP of our own, you know you are in the presence of Bowling Royalty.
That was just the beginning of a memorable day. The game was played in great spirit with The Legends coming to us on a 23 game unbeaten run. However some of them had never played on an artificial green, plus having played at Heaton Park the day before, they struggled to get to grips with this new challenge and lost their unbeaten record. However they continued to be unbeaten in their generosity, their friendship, and their enthusiastic participation (even though I struggled to understand them much of the time).
The climax was the evening entertainment thanks to John Muldoon’s superb organisation. This included highly contested quizzes, Play your Cards Right, an unforgettable and hugely supported Karaoke, and some enthusiastically hilarious Scottish dancing! Also we had our own version of ‘Strictly’ with any passing female member at risk of being ‘auditioned ‘ in full view of us all. Well done to all our members who played their part in this display.
The bar again had to be restocked (thank you Graham) in order to keep the level of enjoyment at the highest level.
No one should have left early as we ended the evening at 10pm with an invitation to visit them in the coming year and everyone joined together in Auld Lang Syne before they departed to their coach.
None of this could have been achieved without the support of some of our members in particular. Thank you Chris for the raffle etc to Loretta and Moira for managing the bar, and Clare and her team for providing and serving everybody with 2 delicious meals on both days.
Thank you everybody. A lot of friends were made. All of us who were there will always talk about it with a smile on our lips.
There will shortly be a slideshow of the photographs taken over the weekend when they are all collated.
Club Finals Weekend: Saturday 23/Sunday 24 September 2023.
The culmination of so much effort over the 2023 season. The weather has been less kind than some previous years, so there were some inevitable postponements; thanks for your tolerance, but with the exception of the Hunt Cup which is being played on Tuesday 19 September, we finally got there. There is no catering on the day, so please bring your own. Please come and support your fellow members; there should be some good bowling to watch. Dress Code for Competitors & Markers: Whites, with club or white shirt.
Because of the logistics of so many members qualifying for multiple events it is not possible to change either the day or the time when games will be played.
To see the order of play over the weekend please click below.
Winter Pairs League now Full.
The popular Winter Pairs League will take place once again on Wednesday's between October 2023 and March 2024. The format of the League is Four Bowl pairs played over twelve ends. There will be a Christmas/New Year break and a number of Catch Up Weeks, (for any missed fixtures or weather affected dates), will be included when there are no scheduled fixtures.
Fourteen teams have entered, which is the maximum number the League can accommodate in one division, so entry to the league is now closed. Any further enquiries will go on the reserve list pending withdrawals.
Monday/Thursday/Saturday Roll Ups.
Beginning on the 2 October 2023 the Monday Random Roll Up will switch to Monday afternoon. Paul Willcocks has volunteered to organise. Check in before 12.45 hrs. for an 13.00 start.
The other Social Bowling sessions also switch to a 13.00 hr; Peter Sharples will organise the Saturday sessions. Thursday will be a DIY session
There are several sets of bowls for sale on the Sale Room Page, follow the link above to have a look.
Pitch In with Sutton Winson
The Club’s Insurance Brokers, Sutton Winson Ltd, are inviting Club Members, (and their families), to contact them for a Home and/or Car insurance quotation when a Member’s personal Home and/or Car insurance is being considered for renewal or a first purchase, and in doing so, enable a small contribution into the Club's finances from the broker. The scheme is called ‘Pitch-In’.
For each completed quotation (obligation-free, and regardless of whether the quotation is then accepted), the Club will receive a small fee from Sutton Winson. If the quotation is accepted and a policy is purchased, the Club will receive a further fee. Click on the image below.
Member Login/Sign Up.
This facility is reserved for BFGBC Members Only.
The form has been set so the Login option appears first, however if you are a club member and have not yet signed up for access, click on 'Sign Up', (at the top) and fill in the form which appears; (add your e-mail and input your own password twice and click on Sign up). Your application will be sent to the Webmaster for approval.
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