Report on Horsell Bowling Club’s open day

April 25, 2013
We had a very successful morning, the rain holding off until we were packing up. We were visited by eighteen people who were keen to try their hands at bowling, of whom sixteen signed up to take a further coaching course, with a possibility of more doing so.
Horsell Bowling Club open day. Photo by Tricia Nigh.

Horsell Bowling Club open day. Photo by Tricia Nigh.

The coaching courses take place over four consecutive weeks between 6 and 8 pm and at the end of that time the participants are asked if they would like to join the club. Any member of the club is able to take advantage of further free coaching and also take part in matches when they are proficient enough.

The club takes part in friendly mixed matches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, Ladies friendlies on Tuesday afternoons and various league games with local clubs throughout the week.
Friday night is club night, a social evening of bowls or a drink with friends which will begin this year on Friday 3rd May at 6.15 pm. We are always happy to welcome prospective members to the club and also spectators to any of our games.
Please phone Tricia Nigh on 01483 760170 for more details of club events.
Tricia Nigh

Horsell Sports Ground Association

March 12, 2013

The Horsell Sports Ground Association, Brewery Road, is home to the Woking & Horsell Cricket Club, Football Club, and Squash Club. All residents of Horsell over the age of 18 are members of the Association; you are entitled to nominate applicants to sit on the Management Committee and to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on 22nd April 2013, at the Sports Pavilion, commencing at 7pm.

The Management Committee comprises four Members nominated by the Cricket Club, Football Club, Horsell Residents’ Association and the Squash Club. Four Members will also be elected from residents of Horsell at the AGM.

The Association was formed in 1921 with the intention to provide a sports ground and social club for Horsell; the Cricket and Football clubs were granted tenancy. In 1922, the Cricket Club funded a pitch, and the Association built the pavilion. Over the next decade, the grounds established tennis courts, a putting green, held a flower show, were used by the Scouts, and held schools sports events.

Over the years, founder members/Trustees dwindled, such that in 1993 the land became Bona Vacantia, owned by the Crown. This resulted in a proposal for Tesco Supermarket warehouse, a scheme for affordable housing, both unwanted and inappropriate developments.

In 1995, the Horsell Residents’ Association provided support to the last remaining Trustee. Complicated and protracted negotiations took place between our appointed Solicitors, the National Playing Fields Association, the Treasury Solicitor, and the Charity Commission in order to create a new Trust. The new HSGA held its Founding Meeting in December 2001, and the transfer of the land to the NFPA as Custodian Trustees took place a few months later. The HSGA Trustee Management Committee was elected responsible for managing the Trust. The Constitution of the HSGA governs the activities permitted on the ground, held in Trust for the residents of Horsell, which cannot be used for development except under the conditions of the Constitution.

The sports ground is a vital part of the Horsell community, thanks to a small number of dedicated residents who overcame, against all the odds, unwanted commercial interests.

If you value the Sports Ground and wish to join the HSGA Committee please arrange for a nomination letter to be sent before 20th March 2013 to The Honorary Secretary, Horsell Sports Ground Association, 64 Brewery Road, Horsell, GU21 4QH.

David Bromley
Chair, HSGA

Horsell Bowling Club open day – date for your diary!

February 6, 2013

Horsell Bowling Club’s new season starts on Saturday 13th April 2013 between 10 am and 1 pm. This is the ideal time to come along and see whether playing bowls is the sport for you.

Novice and experienced players will be welcome for a try out and chat at our clubhouse in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, next to Horsell Village Hall between 10 am and 1 pm. All equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes.

Come and meet the friendly members of Horsell Bowling Club.

Phone 01483 480131 or 760170 or email for more details.

Tricia Nigh

Date for your diary: Horsell Bowling Club’s new season

March 1, 2012

Horsell Bowling Club’s new season starts on Saturday 14th April 2012, the ideal time to come along and see whether bowls is the game for you.

The club has invested in training new coaches, who will be happy to show anyone who is interested the rudiments of the game. Novice and experienced players are welcome for a try out, chat and have coffee at our clubhouse in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, next to Horsell Village Hall.

All equipment is provided, just wear flat shoes.

Phone 01483 480131 or email for more details.

Tricia Nigh – Communications Officer, Horsell Bowling Club

Woking & Horsell Cricket Club AGM

October 15, 2011

Woking and Horsell Cricket Club are holding their AGM on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 8pm.

Everyone is welcome, whether members or not, especially if you’d like to help out with the running of the club as there are a number of vacant positions on the committee.

The meeting will be held in the Brewery Road clubhouse. Check the website or call 07876 568573 for more details.

Horsell celebrates as Council agrees vital upgrade to community facilities

March 11, 2011

Today’s Executive Meeting of Woking Borough Council (WBC) brought some much-needed good news for Horsell’s Scouts and Guides and local groups.

£1.7 million investment in Horsell sports and community facilities

Following 18 months of discussion between WBC and local community groups, the Committee has agreed to include £1.7 million in its Investment Programme to update vital Horsell amenities such as the Scouts & Guides headquarters, the Village Hall and the sports areas in Queen Elizabeth park.

The funding will come from the Government’s Community Assets Fund. It will be used to:

· replace the existing dilapidated Scouts and Guides HQ with a new building on a site behind the existing hut
· provide disabled access and additional meeting/changing space in the Village Hall
· provide improved vehicular access and pedestrian routes
· create additional car and cycle parking
· install a new floodlit, multi-use games area and a new tennis court in Queen Elizabeth Gardens
· provide disabled access to the existing public toilets
· improve the appearance of the village centre with new planting in front of the Hall and the Institute buildings and along the front of the QE Gardens.

Proposed plans for Horsell village

Proposed plans for Horsell village - published on

Next steps will be to get the paperwork ready for the planning application, which will be submitted in the Autumn. It’s anticipated that the development will take approximately 32 months to complete. The priority will be to build the new Scouts and Guides HQ.

NEW! Read the full details in our new section.

Dust off your cricket gear!

February 10, 2011

Woking and Horsell Cricket Club have started their winter nets season. The indoor nets sessions run to 12th April and new members are always welcome.

For more information visit the Club website.

The Club is also having a quiz night on Friday 18th February – if you want to enter a team or be placed in a team contact Andrew Murphy on 07725 607343. More details on the Club website.

What’s on in Horsell this weekend 15-16 May

May 13, 2010

It’s a bumper weekend for Horsell activities this weekend, with lots to do locally. And it’s all free! (Who needs Legoland …)

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May

Drop into Horsell Bowling Club this weekend for a free introduction to lawn bowls, and a look around the new facilities. The Club has been running since 1929, when the bowling green was situated in the car park of The Red Lion pub.

Horsell Bowling Club 2010

Photo: Tricia Nigh. Members of Horsell Bowling Club in winning form.

The Club will be open Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 12 noon for Horsell folk of all ages to try the sport out and have a chat and coffee.

Horsell Bowling Club is at the back of Queen Elizabeth Gardens, just off the High Street. For more information please contact the Club Secretary on 01483 480131.

Sunday 16 May
Woking and Horsell Cricket Club (featured in the latest issue of The Resident magazine) have their annual Family Fun Day on Sunday.

Lots of cricketing fun for children (and big kids) including short games and the bowling speed gun challenge! Bouncy castle and BBQ too.

Entry is free to the event, which starts at 1pm at the Club’s home, Horsell Sports Ground on Brewery Road. For more information, drop by the Club’s website at .

Did you know? …. Woking and Horsell Cricket Club

April 3, 2010

The Club was founded in 1905, after a meeting at Horsell Village School, and has its home ground and clubhouse on Brewery Road.

The first Club Captain was the Reverend Everleigh, who was also instrumental in setting up Horsell’s football club, and the team originally played at ‘Vicarage Fields’, now Pares Close.  Line-ups over the years have included an Indian prince and the founder of the Woking Review.

In 1934 the Cricket Club organised a village day on the sports ground at Brewery Road. The star turn was an elephant!

The new season will be starting soon. If you are interested in playing cricket, the Club is always on the lookout for new players. In the seniors they run four Saturday league teams and a Sunday team. The youth section, the Colts, run a number of teams from Year 2 up to under-17s. For more information, go to .