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Bowls England- Greenkeeper of the year

By [email protected] Wellington BC

Thursday, 28 December 2023


Wellington BC Contributor


We are delighted to report that Paul Kelly has been shortlisted, along with four others, for the prestigeous award of Bowls England Greenkeeper of the year. The awards ceremoney will be held in Leicester on Saturday 24th February, Paul is hoping to attend along with some of his fellow members who help maintaining the green.

The citation for Paul's nomination reads "In his nearly seven years as head greenkeeper at Wellington Bowling Club, Paul Kelly has brought about a remarkable transformation, elevating the green from an average state to one of the best in the southwest of England. When the club faced financial challenges due to escalating contractor costs, Paul’s commitment saved the day, securing loans to purchase necessary equipment.

Under Paul’s meticulous management, the green has become a desirable venue for prestigious competitions, hosting matches like the Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy, and Walker Cup. The schedule of works he implemented, including cutting, scarifying, and verticutting, has been pivotal in achieving an even swing on both sides and an optimal playing pace.

Paul’s expertise extends to thorough chemical treatments, adhering to safety regulations and maintaining comprehensive poisons register. Beyond the green, he oversees equipment maintenance, purchases, and management, ensuring cost-effectiveness for the members who fund these efforts.

Leading a team of five, Paul emphasises health, safety, and training with his dedication going beyond regular working hours, with late-night watering and early-morning visits.

Visiting teams consistently praise the green’s quality. Testimonials from the club’s bowls coordinator and visiting teams emphasise Paul’s integral role in the club’s success and growing membership.

In addition to his greenkeeping ability, Paul has served in various club roles, including men’s captain and president. His versatility has been pivotal in boosting the club’s membership in the past year."

Contact Information

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Corams Lane, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8LL


Additional Information

There is free parking in the Leisure Centre car park which is immediately adjacent to the Bowling Club. Wheelchair access is via the ramp at the corner of the green where Corams Lane joins Springfield Road.