Long-serving groundsman John earns his stripes

BUCKHURST HILL Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club have rewarded groundsman John Knevett after 50 years service to the club.

The 72-year-old started working full time on the greens in 1961 and was presented with a cheque for �500 as well as an inscribed tankard for his continued service by the club’s President Malcolm Lord.

Although now part time, he continues to keep the playing conditions at the best that is possible, as well as admitting it keeps him feeling young and fit.

“I was absolutely delighted to be recognised by the club and when I first received it I was very surprised,” he said.

“Ever since I became the groundsman I have always been keen to continue.

“And for the club to let me continue is great.

“Sometimes the conditions don’t help, especially recently, but I do my best and it is nice to get rewarded for it.

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“It keeps me busy and gets me regular exercise, so I can’t complain.”

What makes Knevett’s achievement all the more amazing is that the club only celebrated its centenary last year, meaning he has been looking after the facilities for half of the club’s existence.

Despite reaching his 72nd birthday, he has yet to have a summer holiday since taking up the role and still travels to their Epping New Road home for six o’clock most mornings.

But that doesn’t worry him as he continues to enjoy looking after the greens.

“The early starts and not having a summer holiday doesn’t really worry me,” he said.

“I just hope I can continue for as long as I can and I just thank the club for the rewards and enjoyable times they have given me over the last 50 years.”