The Gaskell Recreation Ground

The Gaskell Recreation Ground


Gaskell Grounds

The Gaskell Recreation Ground is a registered Charity (1116940). The Town Council is the trustee of the Charity along with one representative of Wenlock Estates who is Chris Bowden.

The Mayor of Much Wenlock Town Council Cllr David Gibbon and Cllr Lesley Durbin, receive an It’s Your Community award from James Broxton and Natalie Ashcroft of O2 Shrewsbury branch. This national community award has helped support the children’s’ play area which has been improved and renewed thanks to local community effort. Ref: 37759_004 Date: 17.01.2009 Picture Supplied by: UPPA/Photoshot

The Ground was previously managed by the Gaskell Recreation Ground Board of Management which decided on any matter concerning the use, maintenance, alteration or improvement of the Ground. The Board was dissolved on 18 December 2014 and its remit has now been subsumed into the Charity.  The Charity has now established a Management Committee which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Ground.

Gaskell Grounds

Play area

Much Wenlock Bowling Club

Much Wenlock Bowling Club was started by Dr. William Penny Brookes in 1860. The bowling green is situated on Linden Field, an area of land bequeathed to the people of Much Wenlock by Mary Ward in 1936 to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.

Reformed in 1978 the club now participates in the Highley, Mid-Shropshire and Mid-Shropshire Pensioners leagues. The male members of the club still compete annually for a magnificent silver cup presented by the officials of the club in 1895 to commemorate Dr. William Penny Brookes as founder. The ladies also compete for a silver trophy and there are competitions for doubles and mixed etc.

The Wenlock Olympian Games is an important part of the club’s calendar. Bowls competitions are held on the Saturday & Sunday of the main Games weekend.

Much Wenlock Bowling Club also offers enjoyable bowling for all ages with league and social bowling from April through to September.

Tuition is available and beginners are welcome.

The club bowls in the Highley and Mid Shropshire leagues and matches are on Tuesdays, Fridays and some Thursday afternoons. Mid Shropshire Pensioners Bowling is on Wednesday afternoons.

Olympian and Premier competitions are also organised.
The club is also part of the Wenlock Olympian Society. For information about the Society follow the link.


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Gaskell Bowling Club Pavilion

Much Wenlock Cricket Club

Much Wenlock Cricket Club is 144 years old. They still play on the original ground, the Linden Field, part of the Gaskell Recreation Playing Fields, which is also the site of the rebirth of the Modern Olympics Games.

The Club currently has one side playing in the Shropshire League on Saturdays .

They have a successfull and growing youth section (U10 and U13), which both play in the East Shropshire Junior Cricket League, assisted by a cluster of qualified Coaches and Junior Managers.

The ground has sightscreens and covers. The pavilion was extended in 2009 to meet the requirements of the Shropshire League.

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