Itter Park Mixed Bowls Club
A Brief Introduction to the Itter Park Mixed Bowls Club
The club meets and bowls in the very pleasant surroundings of Itter Park in Peterborough, (situated off Fulbridge Road and Itter Crescent, near Paston Church).
The park was officially opened to the public in June 1936 and included a newly laid bowls green and a wooden ‘bowls house’.
Permission was granted for a bowls club to be formed and play on the bowls green in March 1937. Unfortunately, the earliest surviving club records are for the AGM held on 7th September 1946. However from the meeting minutes, it is clear that the club was already well established by then. Since it does not seem likely that it would have been formed whilst the war was on, the probability is that it was the same club which had been established in March 1937, so that is what has been assumed.
The club prides itself on being very friendly and welcoming to new members.
It caters for people of all ages and levels of ability, (including absolute beginners) who wish to enjoy playing the game of flat-green bowls.
Members can enjoy a very extensive summer programme of friendly matches against other clubs (sometimes including day-trips to play seaside-based clubs), as well as club competitions. The club also has teams playing in the Peterborough ‘Club 55’ and ‘Midweek’ leagues. There are usually informal ‘roll-up’ sessions or club drives on Saturday afternoons beginning at 2.00pm, to which guests are most welcome.
Over the winter months, a small number of friendly indoor bowls matches and sometimes, other social events are arranged.
The annual club membership subscription is currently £20.00 (2020). In addition to which, members are responsible for paying their own green fees to Peterborough City Council for playing on the park green (current fees are displayed at both Itter Park and Central Park). There are no other green fees to pay to the club throughout the summer season (except for the day-trips).
Further details may be obtained by contacting the club secretary, Barrie Allen, on 01733 264044 or mobile 07906948345 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just come along any Saturday afternoon and make yourself known.