Gladstone Bowling Club welcomes both playing and non-playing (social) members. Social members are entitled to enjoy all the facilities of the Club except for full use of the green, and they form a much valued element of the Club's membership.
Currently we have around sixty men bowlers, forty five lady bowlers and two junior members. The members take part in social competitions and can represent the Gladstone Bowling Club in one or more of the following leagues :-
Flintshire Midweek League (two teams)
Deeside Midweek League (three teams)
Chester league (one team)
Membership fees for 2014 season
Ladies under the age of 60/men under the age of 65 on 1st April 2014 £25.00
Members over the above ages on the 1st April 2014 £20.00
Students/Juniors (under 18 or in full time education) £5.00
An invitation to non-members
If you would like to come along to the Club and have a look, please feel free at any time after the 1ST April. You'll find the club in use most evenings or weekend afternoons. There is plenty of seating around the green for spectators — after all, what could be more relaxing on a warm summer’s afternoon than watching a game of bowls? Remember, all visitors are welcome.
To become a member, just pick up a membership application from the Club, have a word with a Club member or email Gladstone Bowling Club.
For new bowlers, coaching sessions can be arranged (club bowls and equipment are available for hire) and you’ll always find other bowlers prepared to offer guidance and encouragement.
In 1937 land belonging to the Hawarden Estate was turned into a recreation area for the people of Hawarden. This lovely length of ground stretching along The Highway from High Park westward to the Penarlâg council estate had a line of Silver Birches forming a screen along this road. The recreation area, which became known as The Gladstone Playing Fields, also ran from The Highway back to Bennett’s Lane including a small woodland area which ran alongside Bennett’s Lane. The Gladstone Playing Fields were opened by Field Marshall, the Earl of Cavan, in that year.
A Gladstone Playing Fields committee was then formed to manage this area and a yearly Garden Fête was held, every Whit Monday, to raise money to maintain the playing fields. There was a children’s playground, tennis courts, a bowling green and numerous football pitches with a very attractive pavilion which was used by various groups making use of the Gladstone Playing Fields.
Unfortunately during 40s and 50s, vandalism made it impractical to keep the glass windows and covered balcony intact so the whole area was bricked in. Although the Pavilion is still much in use its appearance is very much spoilt.
The Whit Monday fêtes were most successful and a great attraction not only to the people of Hawarden but to those living in nearby areas. In 1965 the fête was opened by Michael Parkinson and other celebrities including stars of Coronation Street who took on the same role in the following four years, until, sadly, in 1969, the last fête was held. 1970 saw the Gladstone Playing Fields being handed over to the care of the Hawarden Parish Council as the high maintenance costs became too heavy a burden for the Playing Fields Committee.
The original bowling club on the Gladstone Playing Fields was opened shortly after the playing fields were given to the people of Hawarden. Although records are very sketchy it appears right from the very first days there were difficulties regarding the upkeep and maintenance of the green.
First known picture of Hawarden Bowling Club
Back Row Left to right:- E Hughes, W.Roberts, A.Hommersley, Jackson, J. Ellis, T.Roberts, A.Jones, T. Jackson, W.Ellis, W.H.Ellis
Front Row Left to right:- E.Ellis, W.Hollins, E.Davies, T.Twist, J.Roberts, A.Davies