Parkside Bowls Club History:
Looking back at history of Parkside Bowls Club, they won the first division trophy in 1967, playing in the Factory League.
In 1981 John Brown, the WGC League Secretary was also Parkside Bowls Club secretary. He started 'Learner' courses to introduce new players to the sport of Lawn Green Bowls. These courses proved very successful and two teams competed in the WGC League, namely Parkside and Beehive. However the number of members declined and after the 1982 season the Parkside team was dropped.
In 1983 five of the 'Learners' elected to retain the Parkside Club and the club has competed in the League successfully ever since.
Parkside Bowls Club has approximately 30 members and enters two teams in the Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League.
Our Greenside team currently play in the 1st Division and finished runners up in the 2015 season and also runners up in the John Brown Trophy having held the Trophy in 2013 and 2014. The Greens also finished runners up in the league for the 2018 season.
Our Woodside team play in the 2nd Division and have finished mid table since joining the Leagus in 2014.
We also have a ladies team in the St Albans and District Ladies Bowls Association and Parkside Bowls Club hosted the Ladies Semi-finals at King George V in 2016.
Our home games are played at King George V Playing Fields, off Beehive Lane, in Welwyn Garden City. GLL (known as Better) on behalf of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, maintain the bowling greens and yhe club facilities to a very high standard and all the facilities are available for public hire during the season.
Our club roll up (practice) days are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 14:00, as well as Sundays, friendly games permitting.
Friendly games are organised throughout the season, we get to play against and socialise with other local bowls teams.
In 2017 to incorporate the Parkside name, Greenside became Parkside Greens and Woodside became Parkside Woods. A team was re-entered in the East Herts League after years of absence and in 2018 earned promotion to Division 2 with an excellent season in Division 3, ending up Champions with only one defeat.
Anyone who wishes to try Bowls will be made welcome at any of our Club roll up days, Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 14:00 - 16:00. We have a qualified Bowls Coach, as well as Club Members willing to assist are teach anyone, whatever their experience, how to play bowls. The onlt requirement is that flat soled shoes mmust be worn on the green. Bowls equipment is available if required.
The Meaning of our Club Badge
3 Oak Trees as we are based in a Garden City
3 Bowls as we are a bowling Club
The crown as our home games are played at King George V Playing Fields
The Hart as we are affiliated to the Hertfordshire Bowls Association