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Progress on ditch repairs & play

By Mike Lynch Porlock & District Bowls Club

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

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With the reduction of Government restrictions on how many people can gather Porlock Bowls Club have moved from only having two players on the green at a time to having two rinks open and playing in pairs (4 people to a rink). It may seem a small step but it brings a more competitive edge to play and helps overcome the lack of matches.

We have also made progress with repairs to the ditches. The ditches are the channel that surrounds the entire green and where woods fall if they run beyond the green. Some of the pre formed fibreglass structure that forms the ditches had cracked and we discovered some of the ground beneath the ditch structure had fallen away making the ditches vulnerable to cracking when walked on.

Initially the only solution appeared to be complete replacement of the fibreglass sections but this would have been very expensive (at least £35,000) as well as disruptive to the green. One of our members, Roger Jewsbury, a retired Chartered Structural Engineer considered the problem and designed an alternative solution where repairs were made to the damaged sections and aluminium strips were then laid at the bottom of the ditch to give a firm base and spread the load when walked on.

The cost of these works, with labour provided by club members, was just over £2,000 which the Trustees of the Recreation Ground very generously agreed to fund. The Club is very appreciative of this support.

This week just over half of the work was completed with the remainder to be finished next week. The completed ditches look extremely smart and should give many years of service.

The Club thanks Roger for his excellent design and also all those members who have worked hard to complete this project.

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Mike Lynch

  • 01643 862194.
  • 07930 460616

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