A club that started as a social experiment with borrowed equipment in the 1980s has celebrated its pearl anniversary.
In 1987 members of what would become Halkyn and District Bowling Club had no land to play on when the Royal British Legion decided that setting up a green would be a good idea.
The burgeoning group took up a plot in the corner of what is now the village cricket club with purchased equipment to try to maintain the land as best as possible.
Despite their most hardy efforts, members struggled and only through the generosity of one of its founding members, Dai Davies, did they find a long-term home on his own back lawn.
As numbers began to grow, Dai was given his lawn back and the club, now dubbed “the friendly club” by colleagues and opponents alike, set about obtaining a permanent location – including attempts to go back to the club’s first ever home on the Royal Oak site in Halkyn.
Upon the construction of a housing estate which would include a play area in the village, members lobbied councillors to forego such a development and instead allow it to become what is now the historic green.
Addressing members at the opening of the new season, original club member Stan Price said: “This proposal was finally accepted and the council laid the bowling green as it is today.
“Some years later, a forward looking council, seeing how successful the club had become, agreed to provide a purpose built clubhouse.
“This was the culmination of years of hard work and effort but also of fun and comradeship.”
Iris Thomas was secretary of the club for nine years and told the Leader how the 40-strong group of members has continued to grow as it enters its fourth decade.
She said: “It’s just how it’s built up. We all get on so well, we all have different opinions on things but on the whole it’s all very close.
“We’re known as the friendly club by others.”