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Winter greens maintenance

Club tour 2018 - change of venue

Men’s ‘A’ Team promoted to North Division 1

Ladies win North Somerset Triples League.

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Ashcombe’s Ladies came top in the North Somerset Ladies Triples League, for the fourth year running, beating Clevedon Prom by 5 points, with Portishead RBL third with 80 points. An outstanding achievement Ladies, well done.

Photo shows Captain Leslie Paterson receiving the shield from Sue Davies, the League Secretary.

Results here

Ladies top North Somerset League.

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Men’s ‘A’ Team win promotion.

Ashcombe Men’s ‘A’ team finished in third position in North Division 2 in the Somerset Bowls League, so gaining promotion to North Division 1. They were only one point behind second place Congresbury ‘B’ but eight points clear of fourth place Bristol ‘B’.

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Club Tour 2018

Winter greens maintenance

In addition to the regular winter maintenance, members are carrying out a considerable amount of work on and around the greens to improve them for next season.

On the top green the old surrounds had rotted and the edges of the green were in danger of collapsing. The surrounds have now been completely replaced. This required 155 metres of pressure treated timber supported by 200 pegs, each about 45cm long. Once the green has grown back the surrounds will be fully covered.

The gravel depth in the ditches has been reduced and topped with a layer of artificial grass, providing a better surface for the bowls whilst meeting the requirement to hold the bowls and jack. It will also be easier to keep clear of leaves etc. The timber buffer strips have been replaced with a single, wider and thicker, strip and the faces of the banks have been lined with artificial grass.

Around both greens the trees and shrubbery have been reduced in height. This will improve the air-flow over the greens and help prevent the deterioration of the greens’ edges. The work was carried out by a specialist company of tree surgeons who took into account the shape and balance of the trimmed trees. Pay a visit to the top green - you won’t believe the difference!

Many thanks to those members who answered Gordon Sansam’s call for volunteers. The fruits of your labours won’t be fully appreciated until next season, but the work has been worthwhile.

Change of venue

The club’s 2018 tour will now be based in the Forest of Dean at the Bells Hotel and Country Club.


The hotel has its own outdoor 6 rink bowling green, with patio and balcony overlooking the green. It has played host to many county touring teams.


Anyone interested should contact Jane or Gordon Sansam.


More details to follow.

Click here for the Hotel’s website.

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