Treherbert Bowls Club
The Treherbert Bowls Club was established in 1918 and are based in Treherbert Park in The Rhondda Fawr. The Constitution was reformed because it didn’t include mixed sex bowls and children playing Bowls. The new Constitution was formed 10 years ago.
‘We have nearly 50 adult members and varying numbers of children – this changes every year. Everyone mucks in: I marvel at it! It’s really great. ‘The Bowls’ it runs itself really, it’s terrific’. Says Secretary Clive Sheridan.
‘So many photos on our website showing this. It’s a wonderful place to be, to be honest’ Says Christine Sheridan.
We offer value for money: Outdoor season £15 this includes all equipment provided, all refreshments, 4 morning sessions, 5 evening sessions and Saturdays – they know it’s a gift – I keep everything to a minimum.
I only have what I need to run the club – I do not ask for anything more’. Clive Sheridan
The Aim of our Bowls Club is to use the building to its full potential, to full capacity. Everyone over 7 years can come and play, female, male, people with mental and physical problems.
Clive has been the Secretary of Treherbert Bowls for over 10 years and there have been significant changes during that time. Everyone is welcome. Phil Williams plays Curling from his Wheelchair inside.
‘I don’t want to push people, but if Phil would like to play outdoors I will get the facilities for him’. Says Clive.
‘No exclusions. we make it as entertaining and fun as possible. People passing spectate. Laughter is such a pleasure, a joy really. For people that are lonely that have problems, come and join our Group. People enjoy themselves!’
Now Schools join us and the children tell friends and then things get bigger. The Schools love to come here
Sam Morgan is now the Chairman of Treherbert Bowls, he is married now with a child and was one of the first children to play at The Club.
We now provide Winter sessions. People also come from Porth and Pontypridd. People from Australia and Africa have been to see us, people visiting from the South Coast! ‘I get emotional about it’ says Clive
We have achieved more than I set out to do initially which was to save the Club – People come and watch us – it’s become a Community Hub!
InterlinkRCT and Pen y Cymoedd Community Wind Farm Fund have helped us a lot.
Anybody can come and see what we do’. Everyone is welcome.
Here are a couple of case studies from the club members
Mike’s wife died, he was bereaved, he saw the Treherbert Bowls Club advertised on a flyer and eventually turned up,he quickly settled in and got on well with everybody (he was a recluse before). Mike, as his health and enjoyment of life returned, he formed a Walking Group and qualified as a Walk Leader. Members of the walking group also attend shows and went on holiday together. During the Treherbert Bowls School Programme Mike took an assistant Bowling Coaching Course to help out with the schools. He also attended a First Aid course and joined the Monday League Team – He loves it! He has now turned his life around.
Clive works for Wales and West Housing – a resident widow, a wonderful lady named Rose would shop for local people and take them to hospital. Clive encouraged Rose to join the Club: as a good Bowler she also joined the walking club and enjoyed the social side of things. She got on with Mike very well and now Rose and Mike are living together ‘They do so well together…’
Covid 19 Pandemic
During these Covid 19 times (during Shut down,) Members are talking about how the Club can still operate, we are talking about distancing and bringing our own towels.
Treherbert Bowls Club Members:
- Talk to each other regularly
- Telephone call each other
- Text daily
- Several have met at a distance – very cautious.
- Sending photographs about.
- Facebook discussions and sharing stories
‘It’s been red hot! – Our telephones and texts to each other are non-stop every day. We are a family!’ Says Clive.
Clive and Christine update the: www.Treherbertbowlsclub.co.uk
Website frequently to keep members informed with recent decisions and discussions.
For further information contact Meriel Gough Interlink Community Advice Team and Pen y Cymoedd Supporting Communities Team: email@example.com / 07598 241359