Club & Green History

 (PHOTO CIRCA 1955 )

In the beginning..............

The Hawksbury bowling green was laid in 1954 and for many years administered as part of the HawkesburyCommunity Centre as a public green.

During the late 1960's  the Hawkesbury Crown Green Bowling Club" was formed .

The founding committee consisted of Mr Ken Jones ( President), Mr Latham Catherall ( Chairman) ,
 Mr Ces. Hewitt (Vice Chairman), Mr Charles Mole (Treasurer), Mr Raymond Bellis ( Secretary).
The members competed for two trophies , The Jack Kelly Cup and the Joe Louis Cup
. Little did the founders realise what they had started and how quickly the club would grow .
The expansion came with entry into the local league, membership increased and so did the number of  matches. Hawkesbury joined the Deeside League in 1971  and a delve by Hawkeye into the Chester Chronicle Newspaper for 1971  at the County Records Office in Hawarden revealed the following information >>>>>>
Hawkesbury's first league game versus   Sealand  May 1971

S Crofts 21   J Lockett 14 , LWhitley 20  J Hawkes 21  , A Colegate  21  J Fellows 9,
N Bellis 21    Les Evans 14,   T Hughes 13  W Witham 21 , W Hopwood 19  W Waklin 21,
DF Jones 15 A Gravatt 21,   C Jackson 21  K Boden  17,     G Hopwood 13   R Green 21,
 G Whalley 21  CJ Guest 18,      Hawkesbury 185  ( 7 )  Sealand 177  ( 5 ). 

For many years the pavilion was a wooden structure followed by a temporary wooden cabin. until >>>

     2000 New Pavilion  /  2004 New Canopy

 It was in the late 1990's aided with a  grant from AD Waste in conjunction with  Flintshire CommunityTrust,  also with the help from Flintshire County Council that the new pavilion was opened in early 2000. The Hawkesbury bowlers are extremely proud of the new building.

On the 16th September 2003  a grant
application was submitted to the Flintshire Local Voluntary Council for
funding in respect of a Canopy over the front of the Pavilion, the cost
being £2406.The Canopy was installed on the 23rd
January 2004 and the club Chairman and Committee wish to thank Karen
Zeisler ( Funding Advice Officer), Flintshire Local Voluntary Council
for all her help in obtaining the finance ,enabling the completion of
the project.The Canopy was supplied and fitted by
Canopies UK Ltd. ,Darwin,Lancashire.

 2004 Green Extension

At a committee meeting held on 29th June 2003 it was
decided as a priority to extend the green by approx 7 metres.
 Flintshire County Council ( owners of the green ) were approached to

obtain planning permission.
 As no planning permission was required
3 estimates were obtained from ;
 1. A.L.S. - Telford.   2.
Jones Bros. - Ruthin  3 N.W.Crown - Conway.
 The lowest estimate ( A.L.S.) was accepted by Flintshire County Council
and Mr Mike Hornby took on the
contract on our behalf.
Applications for grants to enhance the project were applied for..
from :-
1. The Flintshire Community Trust / A & D Waste Ltd. ( Consultant MrDavid Munro ).
2. Buckley Town Council  ( Mr DewiSalisbury, Town Clerk ).
3. British Crown Green Bowling Association. ( Mr Alan Whitworth Financial Officer).
Hawkesbury Bowling Club also submitted their own financial contribution.
All our grant applications were successful and the Chairman and
Committee of Hawkesbury Bowling Club wish to extend their thanks to the
above organisations for their help in allowing the project to proceed.
The extension was started on the 20thNovember 2003 and due to unforseen
circumstances ( including poor 
weather ) was not completed until 2nd March 2004.

2006 War Memorial Enhancement 

March 2006 .  Funded by a grant the old wire mesh railings and outside path were removed.
New perimeter railings allowed the War Memorial to be incorporated within the bowling green area.
The conifer hedge was also extended.

2008  Floodlights

With the co-operation of the Flintshire County Council Development Fund
were erected during Spring 2008 and officially "switched on"
 by the Mayor of Buckley Councillor John Thornton on 14th
September 2008
 during the annual match between Hawkesbury and the 
Buckley Town Councillors

2008/2009 Weather Shelters and Perimeter Boarding.

During the close season and ready for the 2009 season  Hawkesbury members  approved ( at their own expense)  the erection of three weather shelters and also renewed the perimeter wooden boards and  then covered them with white fascia coverboard. 
 The shelters were constructed and erected by Poplars Forge, Pinfold Estate, Buckley.

 New Turf  Oak Tree Corner  Oct 2016


  New Conservatory for season 2019

During the period Oct 2018 - March 2019 the old club pavilion verandah was removed and replaced with a new Conservatory.  Full planning permission was granted by Flintshire CC . Funding was obtained via a small grant and the remainder came from club funds. The total cost  put extreme stress upon our balance sheet, yet i am sure everyone agrees the change to the pavilion is .massive and the committee were very wise in proceeding with the project.

 The contract/installers of the glazing etc was NR WINDOWS Ltd of Bagillt. 

The Hawkesbury committee would like to thank all  the members who helped in any way towards the new construction.

The pavilion was officially opened on 28th April 2019 by Mr John Percy, Patron of W.C.G.B.A.

( Mr John Percy cuts the ribbon to open the conservatory 28/04/19)


2000 -2018

2019 Onwards


When all is said and done, its not the points that won the match that you remember, 
but the friendships you made along the way

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