FOCUS: Hurst Bowling Club takes home Community Cash TokensBy Karen Jordan
March 01, 2013
A bowling club that has been rolling on the green for more than 260 years has been named the winner of this month’s The Wokingham Times Community Cash Token draw.
Members of Hurst Bowling Club were overjoyed to be named the winners of the £200 prize, sponsored by TradeMark Windows.
Club fundraiser Ronnie Ashley said: “Brilliant – £200 is a wow. It feels like a really unexpected birthday present.
“Life is a struggle and we do need to keep ourselves active and also be part of the community by helping others. This money will be a great help for our Thursday community project.”
Affiliated to Bowls England and the Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association, Hurst Bowling Club was established in 1747 and has 51 members.
Most matches are played on Wednesday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and are friendlies, but the club also competes in a mixed triples league.
Mrs Ashley said: “We play around the county in friendly but competitive matches. We also belong to a league, topping the Manchester Unity League for the first time ever in 2011. And we took back the Tasker Cup from Twyford last year in a fierce competition between the two clubs.”
Of Hurst Bowling Club’s community project, Mrs Ashley said: “Every Thursday afternoon we entertain three groups; Support Horizons for people with mental health issues, the befriending group Link Visiting and, joining us this season, will be young people with dementia.
“We encourage our visitors to play bowls if they can and to socialise a bit more.
The £200 we have won will be very handy and the committee will decide our priority on how it will be used.”
Regular player Edward Taylor, from Woodley, was among the people who nominated the club to win Community Cash Tokens.
Mr Taylor said: “That’s very good news. I’ve been a member for eight years.
“It’s a very friendly club and I enjoy playing there.”
Mark Ashwell, managing director of TradeMark Windows, said: “Hurst Bowling Club is a wonderful haven run by our Wokingham community for our Wokingham community.
“It’s another great example of our cash tokens reaching organisations others don’t reach.”