Kate’s Yoga classes are held at WBIBC every Thursday morning at 10.30 am. Suitable for beginners and those of us who are not active as we would like to be! All welcome. Further info from Angela 07729 183373
To All WBIBC Members
The Board is pleased to announce that the club is moving towards a cashless system for the payment of rink fees, drinks from the bar and stock purchases with an encouraging 10% discount for card holders. This will take effect from 1st October 2018.
Please click on the following link to read an explanatory letter from the Treasurer, Philip Read.
The club has upgraded all of its lighting to LED. We hope this will be appreciated by its members.
Here are a few of the questions / answers about the change:
1) What was involved?
Replacement of the Rink, Lounge and Dining lighting with similar size LED panels, replacing any small existing light units and the external Flood lights.
2) Will the cost eventually save the club money?
We should see a reduction in our lighting bill of around £4,000 / year. A Carbon Energy Grant has been successfully awarded for £5,000. Cost of upgrade will be recovered in 4-5 years and then provide a substantial saving to the club running cost.
3) What is the LED lighting like and how long will it last
Rink LED lighting will provide a ‘Daylight’ presentation with the Lounge / Dining Room being ‘Warm White’, which should give a pleasant contrast.
Rink lighting ‘LUX’ level now complies with Sports England guidance for Indoor Bowls Clubs
LED units are now providing 15 – 25 years usage.
5) Are we changing to soon, could we be guinea pigs?
Camdon Lighting have installed over 50 LED lighting scheme’s for Indoor Bowls clubs., so this should give us confidence that it is now time to change.
Short List of Indoor Bowls Clubs updated by Camdon:
Kempston Park, Bedford Borough, Colchester, Deangate Ridge, Kingsthorpe, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Roundwood, Sudbury, Swale, Torbay, Veryan, Betteshanger, Sevenoaks, Essex County
Oyster, Thanet, Riverain & Cardiff
Our six superb air conditioned rinks means that if it’s raining outside or even blisteringly hot you can play bowls in a pleasant ambient temperature twelve months of the year.
Come along to one of our Summer coaching sessions on alternate Saturday mornings from 9 am – 11 am and try bowls for FREE. If you can’t make a Saturday morning, then please call Angela on 07729 183373 to arrange your FREE Taster Session.
It was 8.30 am on a damp Sunday morning when a coach of players and supporters set off on the journey to Nottingham IBC for the Final of the Denny Plate. Spirits were high and a good crowd cheered on the West Berks Men but they were up against a strong team in South Shields. All four rinks made a good start but South Shields kept creeping ahead and eventually West Berks were out-bowled by 93 shots to 47. Well done to South Shields on the win but congratulations to West Berks Men for reaching the Final of the Denny Plate – a first for West Berks IBC – an achievement for which the Club is rightly proud. Very well done to all players and a big thanks to all the travelling supporters. A great day for the Club!
History was made on Saturday, 10TH March when the West Berks Men bowled their way into the final of the national Denny Plate competition with a victory over Hounslow IBC. Congratulations to the team on this outstanding achievement, a first for West Berks.
Following the Denny Plate format, two rinks were played at West Berks and two away at Hounslow over 21 ends. The match was close throughout and at 20 ends West Berks were ahead by one shot at 79-78. But on the last end Hounslow were holding 4 shots with one West Berks bowl to play. It felt like the world stopped still as skip Martyn Chant prepared to deliver his bowl. Not one to succumb to pressure, Martyn was able to cut the deficit down to one shot bringing the score level at 79 all. This forced the extra end to be played by Gordon Ballantyne’s rink at Hounslow. Nerves were on edge at West Berks and Hounslow as the two clubs waited to see who would go through to the final, nail biting stuff. Fortunately for West Berks, lead Mike Blizzard delivered a front toucher with his second bowl which stayed put throughout the end and proved to be the winning shot. West Berks won through to the final by 80 shots to 79 !
Commiserations to Hounslow IBC, a strong side, who played the match in good spirit.
The Final of the EIBA National Championship Denny Plate will be played at Nottingham IBC on Sunday 8th April at 1.30pm between West Berks IBC and South Shields IBC.
A coach will take West Berks players and supporters, further details will be posted on the board.
The West Berks bowlers would like to say a huge Thank You to all the support that turned out on Saturday, both at home and the travelling support at Hounslow. It really makes a difference.
In return, the Club would like to say, ‘Well done, chaps. You’re in the Final!’
If you missed the Open Weekend on Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th September and would like to join, then its not too late!
Coaching is held every Saturday morning from 8.30 – 10.30 am. So come along and have a go for FREE! All equipment provided. Qualified coaches will show you the basics of the game. For more details, please click on the Membership tab and then on New Members or call Angela on 07729 183373.
Joan’s son, Jeff Salt, with the donation accepted by Denis & Rose Pocock.
The inscription on the bowling arm can been seen below
Jeff has gifted the club a little more money to be used for other useful items.
He appreciates the many happy years the club gave to his mother
West Berks won comfortably 166 to 54.
Top rink was won by Ty Applin.
Well done to all players and a big thank you to all the helpers and supporters.