Club History

1990 - 2017

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. 

 

Founder members enjoying a roll up
Founder members enjoying a roll up
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Members and the old Club building
Members and the old Club building
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Mayor Of Fareham
Mayor Of Fareham
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The year 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.

It 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.

In 2017  the Men gaining promotion to League One of the S&D Championship,  as Champions, and the Combination Team also gained promotion to Division One of their league, as Runners Up. Lorraine Slater, was 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.

The Club had a new path laid round the green in 2018. Our two S&D Ladies' teams, both came runners up in their respective leagues.

Lorraine Slater was Hampshire Champion of Champions and for the second year, represented Hampshire at Royal Leamington. Sheena Mack was selected for the second year, to represent Hampshire in the prestigious Johns Trophy. Adrian Dadd & Andy Dawson, won the Men's Pairs District Trophy.

 

The Chelsea Pensioners invited us to a friendly match and dinner at the Royal Hospital. The gardeners repeated their previous success and won a gold for best in category and the trophy for overall category winners and retained the highest classification in the South & South East in bloom judging.

In 2019 the club installed a new trophy cabinet and the entrance to the clubhouse was improved. The Club also received a replacement  for the Willcocks Cup in memory of a founder member.

Lorraine Slater had a successful season in the internal competitions, winning the Ladies' Singles, President's Cup and Ted Green Trophy.

Both of our Ladies' League Teams were represented in the "A" League.

Also, in the Gosport and Fareham League, Lockswood had three teams represented in Division 1.

Sheena Mack was chosen to play in the Walker Cup Team and Lorraine Slater became the Bowls Hampshire Over 55s Singles Champion.

The Men took part for the first time in the Ken Marsh Trophy where they reached the Semi - Final.

The Club were also hosts to the Friends of Bowls England at the end of the season.

The Lockswood Gardening Team were once more rewarded fore their hard work by winning a Gold Medal in the Fareham in Bloom Competition.

2020 was set to be another really good year with Neil Fletcher as the Bowls Hampshire President and Walter Metcalf as the Southampton and District President , in what was to have been their Centenary Year.

However, before the season had a chance to take off, along came the Coronavirus and all bowling was cancelled for the year.

The Mission and Vision Group kept going and the planned project for a new shed to hold the maintenance equipment and the bowling equipment went ahead.  The old shed was taken apart and with the wood being in such a good condition a new gardening shed was erected in place of the old galvanised ones.

The website became a magazine for the club during this time, helping to keep members in touch and give them something to be involved with.

The Club also this year, launched an online booking system. This has had a stop start beginning because of Covid restrictions but will hopefully, help members to book their matches and events from their armchairs.