Lockswood Bowling Club
Lockswood Bowling Club is situated to the west of Fareham in South Hampshire and is affiliated to Bowls England and Bowls Hampshire. We are a friendly, mixed club with a maximum of 200 full members. Our "all weather" green offers good bowling facilities all year round. The green is set in beautiful, award winning gardens, maintained to a high standard throughout the year by members of the club.
We offer a warm welcome to bowlers of all levels and offer free coaching to new bowlers and those wishing to improve their game. Teams are entered in the Southampton and District, and Gosport and Fareham leagues and competitions, and the club participates in many friendly matches with other clubs in the area. During the summer and winter seasons we run many club competitions and roll ups. Our Autumn and Spring Triples leagues are very popular with all members and act as a good link between the winter and summer seasons.
Our club was founded in 1990 by a group of enthusiastic people who took over the running of the new artificial bowling green that had been built the year before by the local council. The club house is leased from Fareham Borough Council but members are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building and green.
Over the past 25 years the club has evolved from very humble beginnings, when our only facilities were a garden shed and a portaloo (and we were grateful for a set of six matching mugs), to the excellent club house, green and gardens we have today. All this has been achieved by the dedication and hard work of past and present members. Throughout we have maintained a close relationship with our local councillors who have always supported our initiatives.
In 2009 we were selected as Runners Up in the Bowls England Club of the Year competition and the club was presented with the trophy at the Annual Bowls England Presentation Dinner in Leicester. The following year we played Friends of English Bowling in a celebration match. In 2015 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary again with matches against Bowls England and the Friends of English Bowling.
2016 was another landmark year for the club because our artificial green, which had been showing signs of wear, having been laid in 1999 was due for renewal. The project was very well managed from within the club and our financial input was matched by support from Fareham Borough Council and other sports bodies. The work started in March and our new green was opened in time for the new season.
2016 was also the year that saw a Lockswood Ladies Team, comprising of Maxeen Fletcher, Ann Wilkinson, Sheena Mack and Jan Collins, become Hampshire Ladies Rinks Champions. This qualified them to represent Hampshire in the National Finals at Royal Leamington. A great achievement, both personally and for the Club.
2017 was another successful year, with the Men gaining promotion to League One of the Southampton and District League as Champions and the Combination Team also gaining promotion to Division One of their league, as Runners Up. Lorraine Slater, came runner up in the Bowls Hampshire Ladies Singles and represented the County at Royal Leamington. The Club gardeners, won Gold in Fareham and Bloom and achieved the highest classification in the RHS, South and South East Neighbourhoods award. 2017 was also the year that saw the completion of our new changing facilities and the Club were honoured to welcome The Chelsea Pensioners for a friendly.