A representative Bowls England side, led by 2019 President, Hazel Marke, visited Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club on June 11th for a celebratory match, to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the War Memorial Grounds. Severalls Farm was recommended for purchase by the War Memorial Committee on July 9th 1919, with the objective of providing a recreation ground and site for new homes, to house soldiers returning from the First World War and to remember the 131 local men who did not return. The bowling green project was assisted in 1921 with a grant from the United Services Fund for bowls and other equipment.
Before the celebratory match against the 24-strong Bowls England side, Crewkerne Town Crier David Craner gave a special cry for the occasion and the town’s Mayor Kathy Head welcomed the visitors to Crewkerne. SJBC President Dave Rees said: “We were honoured to have had such a prestigious match with such high quality players to celebrate 100 years of Severalls Memorial Grounds. Despite dull weather and a poor weather forecast – a full game was played.” The result of the bowls match after 21 ends were played was the Bowls England team running out victors by 136 shots to 66.
Bowls England President Hazel Marke said: “We were delighted to have been invited to Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club. A celebration match against a Bowls England representative side was an ideal way to celebrate their special occasion in style. We hope that our visit has left a lasting impression and many new friendships were made both on and off the green.” The Bowls England side was captained by Spencer Kerley from Hampshire with players from the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Hampshire, Sussex, Somerset, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire and Wiltshire making up the full team.
Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club was presented with a Bowls England pennant and the best performing rinks for both sides, awarded a commemorative spoon to mark their success. The afternoon ended with a three course meal provided by Sue’s Cafe. SJBC Chairman Mike Rawle said: “Despite the weather, the match was played in a very friendly manner and enjoyed by all who participated. We were pleased to have hosted a team from Bowls England to celebrate the centenary of the start of the project for a bowling green at the War Memorial Grounds in Crewkerne.”