Felixstowe & Walton Bowls Club Win Samford Cup
Felixstowe & Walton Bowls Club beat Ipswich & District BC in a thrilling final at Kesgrave BC which was so close that extra ends had to be played.The Samford Cup is a Knock Out competition organised by Ipswich & District Federation Bowls League with twenty-four teams entering this year.
The Bowls Club has a long history and is situated in High Road West behind Felixstowe Conservative Club, which was built in 1913 and shortly after incorporated a tennis court and four rink bowling green. After World War II the tennis court was replaced with a larger car park and the addition of two more rinks to the bowls green.
During the next twenty years the bowls club membership varied between thirty-five and fifty members who played only friendly games.
The club began to enter teams in local leagues in 1970 after which membership increased considerably, to around one hundred members, so that in 1997 partial funding was obtained from a lottery grant and the current brick clubhouse constructed. The name was changed to the Felixstowe and Walton Bowls Club.
The clubhouse is equipped with some seventy lockers, refreshment facilities etc. Members can also make full use of the parent Conservative Club, which has a bar, snooker, darts and many other social activities.
Six rinks are available for seven days per week during the season (April to October) with friendly “roll ups” each afternoon. Seven teams play in both Ipswich & District Bowls League. Club competitions and social events are held throughout the year. Qualified coaches are available to provide tuition.
The upkeep of the excellent green is carried out by fifteen volunteers. The Club currently has eighty-seven members (sixty-three male and twenty-four female) across a wide age range. New members are always welcome and can apply at any time.
Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact the Secretary on 01394 270205