Britannia Bowling Club's vision is to play an increasingly important role in the local community and wider bowling fraternity. We are well-placed within the heart of the Chesterfield suburb of Brampton and have both competitive and social dimensions and participate in the annual Brampton Festival.
The last year has seen the ravages of Covid-19 and the prolonged hot and drought-like conditions of last spring/summer take its toll on the Club's membership and bowling green. In addition the suspension of league bowling in 2020 resulted in a significant loss of revenue from match fees, refreshment sales and raffles.
Nevertheless Britannia were the only club County-wide to organise a local mini league, inviting other bowling clubs to participate in line with governing body and national H&S guidelines. This allowed for the resumption of competitive and social interaction on and around the green, which had been sorely missed, and reflects the spirit and will to overcome adversity that exists within the Club.
Despite the best endeavours of a large proportion of the membership operating a watering rota, the bowling green suffered badly in 2020, and members had to carry out significant maintenance in September to save the green. Having obtained expert advice and factoring in the likelihood of more frequent hot and drought-like summers the solution is to install an automated watering system to water the bowling green efficiently and effectively. By scheduling watering overnight less evaporation and scorching occurs and the overall result is less water is used and the green thrives.
The Club has sourced an appropriate irrigation system from a local business. However the impact of Covid-19 on the Club's finances has resulted in a shortfall and the Club is hoping to raise £2,500 towards the cost of acquiring an irrigation system.