It has been medically proven that Bowls improves your general health and helps to strengthen the immune system. Playing a game of bowls gives your muscles and joints good anaerobic exercise because you are not giving your cardiovascular system a workout.
During an average game, you will:
*Bend more than 40 times
*Walk about 1260 metres
*Swing your arm more than 40 times to deliver a bowl weighing more than 3 lbs.
This gives your muscles and joints good exercise as well as exercising your mind as you try to outwit your opponent!
‘Bowls – The Sport for All’
Heartstart Thatcham have been helped by a number of individuals and organisations since being established in 2013. One of those organisations is West Berks Indoor Bowls Club (WBIBC), Newbury. The team worked with Angela Blades-Moore who set-up training sessions and fundraising events.
The WBIBC Christmas raffle was organised by club member Annie Gain with the help of fellow members Maria and Chris Bastin. Together they raised £1100, and £350 of which the club has donated to Heartstart Thatcham. This makes a total of more than £2,000 raised by the club for Heartstart Thatcham since 2016.
Director, Angela Blades-Moore commented, “I would like to thank Annie, Maria and Chris for their hard work and also our members for their generous support of Heartstart Thatcham. We are always looking for new members and if anyone is interested in taking up indoor bowls, then please contact me on 07729 183373.”
Heartstart Thatcham, together with WBIBC, have not only trained dozens of people with CPR and defibrillator skills but as scheme coordinator, Nick Young, notes “support from WBIBC has not only allowed us to place a defibrillator in the local community that is available 24/7 but has helped support us with maintenance, consumables and other ongoing costs. In short, their support is helping to save lives. We cannot thank Annie, Angela and everyone at WBIBC enough for their ongoing support.”
WOULD YOU LIKE £30 WORTH OF CLUB TOKENS FOR FREE?
All you have to do is recruit a friend, colleague or family member and once they have paid their playing membership fee then the Club will reward you with 10 free tokens.*
As a full playing member there is no limit to the number of new members you may recruit. For example, if you recruit a couple, then you will earn yourself £60 worth of tokens – that’s 20 free games.
If you know of anyone who has expressed an interest in bowls then please encourage them to either :
a) come to one of our regular coaching sessions held every Saturday morning from 8.30 am – 10.30 am.
b) let them experience a FREE Taster Session when both you and the prospective new member may have ONE FREE ROLL UP together at any time of the year.
Start recruiting now and claim your reward!
If you need any further information, then please call me anytime on 01635 32053 or 07729 183373.
*The new member must pay the appropriate membership fee before the recruiting member qualifies for this reward. Applies to Adult and Junior player membership, excludes Social, Returning and Temporary membership unless converting to full membership. Offer applicable throughout the year.
Claims to be made on 10 Free Tokens claim form.
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.
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.
WBIBC cashless circular July 2018
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!
The club welcomes Robert Terrett, our latest Steward. The club thanks him for joining the merry band of volunteers who help to keep the club running smoothly.
Graham, Chief Steward
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!’