Hello and welcome to the Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club website
July was a very busy month for the Club. The two County games at the Club and our annual Open Triples Tournament are now behind us and we are very pleased with all three events. The gazebos went up and stayed up as we had warm sunny weather. The weather was still hot and sunny for our visit from the Plymouth and District Bowling Association. Club competitions are in full swing too. And now here we are in August with President's Day just a few days away. President Carol Reynolds will welcome 68 members and guests on Saturday 3 August. Around 36 are expected to play in a drawn Mixed Triples Drive and then all of us will join together to enjoy a four course meal. It's a wonderful opportunity for those family members who don't bowl to come along and see what we all get up to. Hopefully some of our sponsors will manage to get there too. It's a busy time for Catering Coordinator Jill Taylor.
The Club was pleased to host a game between Bowls Hampshire Men and Bowls Isle of Wight Men on Wednesday 10 July. Most of the players from the Isle of Wight travelled across the Solent by hovercraft - the terminal is just 200-300 yards away from the Club. The game was played in pleasant sunny weather with a very gentle sea breeze and Bowls Hampshire won the game. Both presidents paid tribute to the facilities the Club had to offer. Here's a photo of Pembroke Gardens President Carol Reynolds formally handing over the green to Bowls Hampshire President Keith Taylor with Bowls Isle of Wight President John Harden and Bowls Hampshire Area Secretary Dave Wildman looking on.
And here is President Carol handing over the green ready for the Bowls Hampshire Ladies to take on Bowls Berkshire Ladies.
As to our league teams - our ladies team have done well in the first half of the season. The results have been a bit more mixed for the three men's teams. Follow the link under the Affiliations tab to see how we are doing in the leagues. The men's results are under the Portsmouth and District Bowls Association and we play in League 3 and Combination League 3. For the Midweek Triples we are in the Town League Red Division. For the ladies look at the Portsmouth and District Women's Bowling Association under the League Results tab and you will find us in League Division B.
Speaking of Club Competitions, we ran a brand new one on Saturday 6 July for the Charlie Macey Trophy. Charlie's son Colin kindly donated a super new trophy in memory of his Dad who was a very popular member until he passed away last year.The competition was run as a drawn mixed triples event to be played on one single day. Eight teams entered and the first winners of the Trophy were Cissie Avery, Dusty Miller and Trevor Watkins, pictured below: -
We ran our Open Fours Tournament on Saturday 8 June with 24 teams from the Portsmouth area, Petersfield, Lee on the Solent and Purbrook. All teams played 25 ends in all in the round robin stage before we got to the semi finals with two Pembroke Gardens teams playing. Indeed the final was played between Southsea Waverley and one of the Pembroke Gardens teams. The 7 end final was won by the Southsea Waverley guys. Food and refreshments were served all day and, despite the stiff breeze, everyone had an enjoyable day.
Then on Saturday 13 July it was our Annual Triples Tournament between the Ladies and the Gentlemen, played in glorious sunshine, This time the Trophy and cash prizes went to the Ladies team entered by Val Pearce - a long-time supporter of the event - defeating Peter Norton's team from Eastney.
Don't forget that if you just want to turn up and bowl in a relaxed, informal style we have roll-ups every day. If you have not tried the game of bowls yet and want to have a go call in any day between 12:30 pm and 3:30 and ask for the Steward on duty. We can provide a set of bowls and some basic tuition. We just ask you to wear flat shoes to help protect the bowling surface.
We also have a few social events planned including a trip to Goodwood Races, our own in-house horse racing fun evening and a Quiz Night. We must be one of the busiest clubs in Portsmouth. All games and events are displayed under the Events Tab above.
If you are a touring team looking for a fixture on the South Coast just look at what Pembroke Gardens BC can offer. Six rinks (seven at a squeeze), a spacious clubhouse with ample room to seat over 50 people, a small but well-stocked bar and a warm welcome. Just click once on the About Us Tab above to see a map.
There are lots of hotels to choose from, other bowling clubs in and around Portsmouth and there is plenty for the non-bowlers to do. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the new Mary Rose museum, HMS Victory and the Submarine museum are just a few minutes away. Boat trips around the harbour, the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays for shopping or even a trip to the Isle of Wight, are all waiting for you to come and enjoy. So get in touch and we will look forward to welcoming you to our green.