Club’s big birthday bash

Adam Jacob, of the tennis section, town crier Trevor Heeks, mayor John Knight, club chairman Roger Hawkin and bowls chairman David Anderson at the party

Adam Jacob, of the tennis section, town crier Trevor Heeks, mayor John Knight, club chairman Roger Hawkin and bowls chairman David Anderson at the party

First published in Latest News

Westbourne Sports Club served up a family treat when it held an open day to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sunday.

The club, in Westbourne Gardens, Trowbridge, which has bowls and tennis facilities, fittingly attracted 100 people for its centenary party, with guests trying their hand at the sports on offer.

The club had a birthday cake and Trowbridge mayor John Knight and town crier Trevor Heeks came to support the event.

Mel Jacob, who is a committee member at the club, said: “It was great to see young and old mixing as well as the tennis and bowls groups.”

The club was launched in 1913 hosting tennis, bowls and croquet, although the croquet came to an end some years ago. Photographs from all the groups formed a nostalgic display at the open day.

The club, which plans to hold more events throughout its milestone year, is still seeking help from anyone who can shed some light on when and why it was visited by former Wimbledon winner Fred Perry.

Mrs Jacob said: “The picture we have of him at the club featured in the Wiltshire Times’ nostalgia section a few weeks back but no-one seems to know why he was here.”

In the build-up to the party, which included re-opening the revamped clubhouse, Year 10 pupils from St Augustine’s Catholic College next door to the club volunteered to dig up weeds, clear rubbish, paint the club’s flagpole and create new containers.

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