MHA The Wilderness Garden Events for May

Rhododendron in Bloom and Exhibition Event
The Wilderness garden will open on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May from 10am to 4pm to members of the public to admire the beautiful display of Rhododendrons, Azalea and spring plants now in flower.

We will also host a photographic exhibition at the Wilderness Centre to discover how the Wilderness has changed through times. No need for booking – just turn up!

The Wilderness garden public openings
From Saturday 7th May until Sunday 25th September, the Wilderness garden will be open to the public on weekend from 10am to 4pm. No need for booking. Just turn up and enjoy the tranquillity of the garden!

News from Spring Park Bowling Green

Despite continued Council misfortunes and threats to green spaces and Bowling in Croydon, the Club at Shirley Church Recreation Ground is planning for a new season and the future.

Two new Trophies will be fully adopted this year. The Blount Cup has been acquired to celebrate the many years of service of Sylvia and Dennis Blount, and to mark the Amalgamation of Shirley Ladies and Spring Park Bowling Clubs in 2019. The format for competition is not yet fixed and at some events during the year we hope to introduce novel ways of playing including Australian rules.

There is also a new Trophy for the Pyramid Competition which will now be open to all members, with new bowlers and low handicap players getting preference in the starting positions. It can be played for late in the afternoons, in the evenings and at weekends. Coaching sessions may also return to the evenings.

Plans for 2022 include a welcome return of our Away Days to Eastbourne, Canterbury and Herne Bay and special events during the Queen’s Jubilee and the Commonwealth Games.

During the Covid years new members were often the backbone and stars of our teams which is a testament to our coaches and to the quality of our tea and cakes, which will be rolled out for anyone who wishes to drop in to TRY BOWLS.

Everyone can play and is welcome to come in at any time we are open during the summer!

We will have a special welcome on our Open Days –the first Sunday of each month starting on May 1st—no equipment needed, only flat shoes to protect the lawn.

We are situated in a corner of Shirley Church Recreation Ground, at the corner of Shirley Church Road/Spring Park Road, with our car park at the end of Spring Park Avenue.

Keep an eye on our website at Spring Park Shirley Bowling Club and our facebook page for more details.