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Club Honours 2023 - B&D Men's Triple Winners - Richard Handyside, Andy Robinson and Lewis Brimble - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

B&D Men's Triple Winners - Lewis Brimble, Richard Handyside and Andy Robinson

Club Honours 2023 - B&D Tuesday Night Triples – Knock Out Cup Winners – Knyveton Paul Beards, Bill Kerr, Lauren Kerr, Jim Flexman, Richard Handyside and Reg Davis - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

B&D Tuesday Night Triples – Knock Out Cup Winners – Knyveton Paul Beards, Bill Kerr, Lauren Kerr, Jim Flexman, Richard Handyside and Reg Davis

Presentation Evening 2023

Friday 11th October 2023

With the imminent closure of the Elstead Hotel a new venue at the Hermitage Hotel near Bournemouth Pier was selected. Fifty-two members and guests enjoyed the excellent selection of food and, following the presentations, music and dancing until the early hours.

Another change in the event were the Masters of Ceremonies. Taking over from Tony and Reg Davis, and also sourcing and organising the event, were Past-President Biddy Parkinson and first team captain Richard Handyside.

Following the meal the duo provided a brief description of the Club’s 2023 season, both highs and lows.

The lows: the struggle to maintain sufficient playing members to support our various teams fixtures due to non-availability and injuries/illness. This resulted in calls on the second team for players and so on through the other teams, plus the early commitment of new first-time bowlers to the sport and the club. Consequently, end of season saw the men’s first team relegated from the Bournemouth and District Premier League for the first time in many years, even if by only one point! The second teams’ results were also negatively affected. The two Saturday morning triples teams performed well, especially as a number of their players turned out for the Second team in the afternoon.

The ladies team playing in the B&DW Thursday afternoon league achieved a creditable 3rd in Division 1.

The highs: our new bowlers performed admirably and should look forward to a positive season in 2024. Knyveton players also achieved notable results in the Bournemouth and District competitions winning the Triples and Fours. This was complemented with the Knyveton team winning the Knockout Cup in the Tuesday night Triples League.

Trophies for the above were then presented by the President Lloyd Hemming, followed by those for the Club Competitions, to both Winners and Runners up in each competition.

Prior to the music starting the draw was made on a very well donated raffle containing an eclectic mix of prizes, followed by the presentation of bouquets to the President’s wife Laura Hemming and our dependable catering and social organizer Wendy Handyside.




The Club’s 111 AGM was held on Sunday 27th November 2022 at the Club House with 32 members attending.

Before opening the meeting, the President, Biddy Parkinson, called for a minute’s silence to remember the two club members who died this year.

A brief summary of the 2021/2022 bowling season was then made by the out going Club Secretary, Tony Davis. A number of spirited elections then took place for Officers of the Club resulting in the election of new President, Vice President, Club Secretary and Captains for the 1st and 2nd Teams.

Attendees expressed their thanks for all the work done by outgoing Officers during their time in office.

Following discussions on the green/grounds upkeep and next seasons section formats, the meeting ended with an informative video on the use of the Club’s Defibrillator, before retiring to the Bar.

Open Day Weekend

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2022

The two Club Open Days over the Easter weekend was well received, 27 prospective bowlers visiting the green. With the brilliant weather a majority of Knyveton Gardens members were also present - setting up the green, assisting the two Coaches (Mike and Paul), enjoying the hospitality (Wendy) and taking the opportunity for a "Roll up".

All the visitors were offered future coaching with a view to joining the Club and taking up Lawn Bowling.

A big thank you to all the members who helped, both the organizing of the event and the weekend activities. Well Done!

Club Spring Meeting

Sunday 6th March 2022

The Club welcomed 39 current and new members to the Club house who took advantage of early tea and bacon rolls on sale. At the meeting they were briefed on: leagues and team arrangements for the coming season; Friendlies fixture list; the Club Open Day weekend; Club opening arrangements and stewarding; plus, the opportunity to pay their yearly subscriptions.

Members then retired to the Bar, with its new furniture update, for Sunday lunch time socialising.

Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club Spring Meeting 2022

Knyveton Gardens Presentation Evening

Friday 21st October 2021

The annual Presentation evening was held at the Elstead Hotel with a superb dinner followed by the 2021 Season Competitions Presentations and then dancing to the Hotel's Disco. Some 57 members and their guests attended and enjoyed a very good evening. Our thanks to the staff at the Elstead and our organisers, Tony and Reg Davis were entertaining with the microphone throughout the presentations and raffle. A number of guests partied through to the early hours of Saturday morning, reconvening for a breakfast after a few hours’ sleep.



Club Honours 2021 - B&DWBA Ladies Triples Champions - Cathy Drew, Mo Bunford, Joyce Clough - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

B&DWBA Ladies Triples Champions - Cathy Drew, Mo Bunford & Joyce Clough

Club Honours 2021 - B&D Men’s Singles Champion – Lewis Brimble - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

B&D Men’s Singles Champion – Lewis Brimble

Club Honours 2021 - Function Fayre Pairs Winners (Argyll BC) – Lloyd Hemming and Jim Flexman - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

Function Fayre Pairs Winners (Argyll BC) – Jim Flexman and Lloyd Hemming

Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club Mixed Top Club Finalists 2021

Mixed Top Club 2021


This is the first year that Knyveton Gardens have entered this competition. It consists of

5 disciplines :-
Ladies Singles
Men’s Singles
Mixed Pairs
Mixed Triples
Mixed 4’s
- winning 3 disciplines would win the game.

On 14th June 2021 we had our first round against Boscombe Cliff. We were not expecting to win but everyone rose to the challenge and much to our surprise got through to the 2nd round against Argyll.

The match against Argyll did not start off well but once our Men’s Singles was won, our pairs, triples and 4’s started picking up and we came through victorious.

Next round was New Milton BC, we were wondering if torches would be required as the nights were drawing in at the end of August. However, just managed to finish in daylight and again our Men’s Singles win galvanized the rest onto a 3.5 to 1.5 victory.

So, off to Area Final at Bournemouth BC, Meyrick Park, against Southbourne BC.

With 2 disciplines won each, it was down to the 4’s. The night was drawing in going into the last few ends of the 4’s and it was difficult to see whose woods were who’s, apart from one skips woods that were coloured! Eventually our team were victorious and we had qualified for the Finals in Banister Park, Southampton to play against Hampshire South.

Saturday 11th September 2021 Hampshire Finals Day at Banister Park.

With an early start at 10:00 hours we were drawn against the Sports Centre from Southampton. With both singles and the mixed pairs winning, Sports Centre conceded and we were able to have a good rest before meeting Cove B.C. in the afternoon.

We tried our best managing to win 2 of the 5 disciplines but Cove were the better team.

Really proud of our team, we entered this competition as a challenge to see how far we could go and considering there are over 100 clubs in Hampshire, to end up runners up in the Final is brilliant work.

Thank you, team and super subs, and big thank you to all our lovely supporters, it’s been a brilliant season.



Club Honours 2019 - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club
Club Honours 2019 - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club
Club Honours 2019 - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club
Club Honours 2019 - Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

A Club Photo for our 2018 Sponsor

Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club 2018 Sponsor Bell Public House




Club AGM at The Club House

Sunday 27th November 2016

27 members attended the AGM to review the past year and look at the prospects for the 2017 season.

In 2016 the performances unfortunately were not as consistent as hoped in the B&D Saturday Leagues, cumulating in the relegation of the 2nd Team (A) back into the 2nd Section, after only one season in the 1st Section. The 1st Team likewise failed to improve on their 2015 Section 1 third position and finished fourth. Disappointing as the points difference over the top four teams was quite close. However, credit goes to the 3rd Team (B) who, after a slow start, finished third in Section 6. The two promoted teams above them were new to the B & D Leagues this year and basically "1st Teams" of their respective clubs.

Congratulations also to Knyveton T who won Section 2 in the Tuesday night Triples and promoted to Section 1, joining our two top teams there, Knyveton and Knyveton A.

Discussions were held about concerns on the viability of both the bar and café to continue in their present forms. It was agreed by members present that the bar would dispense with the draught beers and sell bottle and can beers. Volunteers for bar duties were still required.

Wendy, the café manageress, had kindly agreed to continue running the café, albeit with only morning openings and closed on Sundays. The Meeting thanked her.

For 2017 the Club membership has reduced giving rise to vacancies for a number of Club Officers. However, members have responded by filling these positions, including the new President Jim Flexman. The one exception was Treasurer and the meeting was finally closed with a request for members to consider this position prior to the Spring Meeting on Sunday 5th March 2017 at 11:00hrs.

Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club AGM at the Clubhouse

Bill Taylor's 100th Birthday Bash

June 2016

Two years ago (2014) the Webb site pictured the “Oldest Bowler in Town”, our own Bill Taylor at 98 years old. The following year (2015) Bill attended the Club for the opening of our refurbished café by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Chris Mayne. Bill took to the green with the Mayor for a bowling session together with the Club’s youngest player (15 years old) Lewis Brimble. See photographs below.

This year on Sunday 15th May 2016 Bill celebrated his 100th birthday.

In appreciation of both his birthday and continued membership of Knyveton Gardens bowling club a celebration buffet was arranged for Bill on Saturday 14th May 2016. This was held at the club, following the first teams Bournemouth and District First Section win against Fordingbridge BC, when additional members of Knyveton joined Bill and members of his family for the celebration.

Two weeks later, Sunday 29th May 2016, Bill turned out for Knyveton in a friendly against a team from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, see photograph below, again with Lewis.


Bill’s celebration photographs.

Mayor of Bournemouth Visit - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill Taylor and Lewis Brimble 2015

Bill Taylor, celebrating his 98th birthday.....The Oldest Bowler in Town

Oldest Bowler in Town 2014

Arrival of Bill with Club Members 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Arrival of Bill with Club Members 2016

Bill Taylor 100 years old! - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Oldest Bowler in Town 2014

Bill in the Bar - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill in the Bar

Bill with Club Secretary Tony Davis - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill with Club Secretary Tony Davis

The Cards - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

The Cards

Bill and granddaughter Julie start the Buffet - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill and granddaughter Julie start the Buffet

Lewis Brimble (16 years old) with Bill Taylor (100 years old) Sunday 29th May 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Lewis Brimble (16 years old) with Bill Taylor (100 years old) Sunday 29th May 2016

Club Scrabble Night

June 2015

Quiz Night on 7th June 2014 at Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

Waiting for the Green to open

May 2015

Waiting for the Green to open - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club