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Great Hollands is a club open to both sexes and all abilities for young and old.  We love new members, both experienced and beginners, and you will be made to feel very welcome as a member of the ‘club family’.

If you want to find out more, then please come along and visit us at any time.

Bowls should be fun and enjoyable.  Members range from those who enjoy a social roll up with friends to those experienced bowlers competing at county level.  Whatever you like you can be sure to find like minded members at Great Hollands.

Membership entitles you to practise on the outdoor green during the playing months April to September and to use the clubhouse facilities throughout the year.  Additionally you can join in friendly inter-club matches and enter competitions if you wish.  During the playing season there are always activities on during the week and at weekends.  Great Hollands probably has the best setting of any club in the area and what better way to spend a summer’s evening than bowling on the green as the sun goes down and enjoying a drink from the bar.

Out of season we hold a number of short mat sessions a week, have teams in a local cribbage league, hold regular social events, have a monthly walking club and the clubhouse is open Sunday lunchtimes for socialising.

They say bowls takes seconds to learn and the rest of your bowling career to master.  At Great Hollands we have free coaching sessions on Saturdays throughout the bowling season from 1000 to 1200 for newcomers and members to help you on your way.  We are lucky to have a modern clubhouse with a licensed bar, men’s and women’s changing rooms open daily to members through the summer.

At Great Hollands we believe that people need to try before they buy. As well as our open days we will organise ‘have a go’ sessions for anyone interested in Bowls.  The club has a selection of bowls that can be used for these sessions.

If we’ve tempted you to try it out or if you simply want more information, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us by completing the form on the contacts page or by telephoning the membership officer.

Easing of Covid-19 Restrictions July 2021

As from 19th July, the Government has removed most of the Covid-19 Restrictions.

Specifically:

  • There are no limits on the number of rinks being used or number of bowlers playing.
  • Rink 6 (the public rink) is likely to be re-introduced and is not available for use by members unless explicitly booked for matches
  • There is no longer a requirement to sanitise equipment.  However sanitiser is available for anybody who wishes to use it.
  • The clubhouse, bar and changing rooms will be open for use without restriction. Masks are no longer required, but members are encouraged to use masks when in close contact with others.
  • Tea and biscuits will be provided for all home friendly matches, as well as the bar being available.
  • Match fees will remain at £1 per match for all friendly matches, TVL, Kl and KLV matches.
  • Spectators are welcome at any time. Visitors should be signed in as per club rules.

Club Competitions

These will be able to proceed as the limited set of competitions for this year are all permitted
within the guidelines.

County Competitions

These can go ahead as planned, subject to rules about playing on alternate rinks for triples and
fours. That may mean some rinks would not be available during a county triples or rinks
competition. All teams must all travel independently to venues, as sharing is not permitted (unless
in the same household or bubble).

County Leagues

The men’s County leagues (Kennet League and KLV) will be curtailed, so that only the second half
of the fixtures will be played, starting on 29th June.

The start date for the Ladies’ TVL will be from June 24th. It is hoped all fixtures can be played so the season will be extended to September 18th. Fixtures can be rearranged where necessary. The ladies’ county calendar is still awaiting revision on the Berkshire web site.

Friendly matches

We are managing to play friendly matches.

The bar will be open before, during and after home matches. Please return all glasses to the bar (or in the disable toilet if the bar has closed). It is our normal custom for us to offer visitors a drink from the bar after home matches.

Players will be asked to pay £1 each towards cost of refreshments for home and away teams.

The Ladies Committee have agreed that the ladies will not be asked to “cater" this season. We will still only serve Tea & Biscuits throughout this season. 

Monday League

The Monday League started on 17th May.  See separate Monday League page.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome at any time. Visitors should be signed in as per club rules.

Signing up for friendly matches

Members will therefore need to indicate their interest in being selected for matches by means of the on-line system we introduced in 2019. You will get an email inviting you to register an interest, then another with the team selection.  Sign up sheets are also posted in the Clubhouse.