• Club 50th Birthday Party & Brian Hall Trophy

    Wickersley Church Institute was founded in 1862 by William Holt Yates at a cost of £1.5K. It comprised of a library, museum and lecture room for the use of Wickersley people. It also had a provident Society for adults and a penny bank for children. There were strict rules governing use of the building which are still observed. There have been many changes in the facilities provided on the Gillott Lane site in the past 156 years. The last major changes involved the conversion of tennis courts into a bowling green in 1967/8 and the conversion of the Institute into apartments in 1998.

    Sunday 19th August saw the bowling club celebrate 50 years of playing crown green bowls and also the same length of service to the club by Bryan Hall. Bryan, an engineer had served in most capacities with the club and told of how the club originally had 2 teams of men players but over the years it has grown considerably so that it now fields 11 teams each week. To honour Bryan's contribution and dedication a new competition pitting the lady members against the gentlemen was started with a trophy bearing his name for the winners.

    The guests of honour were Peter Elliott and his wife and relatives of those original members who along with Bryan had contributed to the success of the club and who provided/sponsored the clubs trophies.

    Peter mentioned the fact that he regularly passed the club over the years but had never ventured in. He spoke, echoing Bryan, about the importance of there being a small group of determined people with a vision and with the willingness to work hard over the years to realise that vision. A framed photograph of Bryan holding the new trophy was presented by Peter to Bryan.

    16 ladies, in red, and 16 gents, in white, - the clubs colours, took part in an action packed bowling tournament to identify a pair from each that would represent them in the final. Peter started the proceedings by rolling the first jack.

    Mavis Green and Thelma Willis played Barry Shaw and John Fisher in this final. This was a closely fought contest with the gentlemen edging the contest in their favour 12 - 8.

    Over 70 people attended the event and the day ended with a well-earned barbecue.

    Photos – top to bottom

    Peter Elliot bowls the first jack to start the competition.

    Peter with Bryan Hall Trophy and finalists.

    Peter with club members and trophy winners.

    Peter presents a commemorative photo to Bryan Hall.

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Peter & Bryan with members and winners
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