National Bowling Open Day – May 2021

National Bowling Open Day
31st May 2021
10.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Why not come along and try our facilities for FREE!!!
We will help you try a new sport with
free expert coaching in excellent facilities
We have 6 indoor and 12 outdoor rinks and welcome new and experienced bowlers.
We also offer other facilities, including darts, bridge, croquet and snooker.
You can also join our thriving Social Club. We hold regular events, quizzes, dances,
parties, cabarets and discounted theatre trips.

Membership is FREE for two months to new members
plus we offer generous student rates.
A warm welcome to all at any time, whatever your age or ability.

For further information or to make an appointment to see the club contact
Alan 0777 2022 156 or email

It has been proved that playing bowls improves general health and helps to strengthen the immune system. All members of the community can enjoy bowls and lead a healthier lifestyle… At Croydon we are passionate that bowls is a wonderful way to keep healthy in safe and familiar surroundings and company and we are disabled friendly.

We have the best facilities in Surrey and hold all levels of matches from casual and friendly up to national competitions. Our fixture list is in excess of 150 matches a year, both home and away.

If you do not want to bowl: our thriving social section run a variety of events throughout the year; dances, quizzes, race nights, theatre and holiday trips. We also enter a team in the local darts league, hold regular bridge sessions and have a full size snooker table. We hold regular games evenings where you can participate in indoor games, cards and, weather permitting, petanque and Croquet. You can also join us for breakfast, lunches, teas etc.

Our bar and restaurant facilities can be hired for parties, wedding receptions and company team building days and our caterers offer very competitive rates for any functions.

The running of the club is entirely voluntary.

Book a “taster session” or ring for more information.

Local bus routes, 119, 405 and 455 service the club and we also have two large free car parks.

Croydon Bowling and Sports Club 10 Nottingham Road South Croydon CR26LN
0208 688 0659 or 07772022156

Email or



There are still restrictions in force in respect of COVID so booking and adherence to the rules are essential. Please bowl safely. Unfortunately spectators are not allowed at the moment… the newsletters for more updates.

For technical reasons, the code for the rear car park has been changed –

if you need the new number please ring 0777 2022 156


To all Members.

At last we are at the start of a journey which is leading to a new era for the club. The Greens are open even then the snow held us up for a day.

A number of matches and competitions have and are being arranged but please do remember we still have to abide by the Covid Guidelines outdoors as well as indoors.

Jean Hunter has agreed to take bookings. We expect to be allowed to follow the” rule of 6” which means in practical terms triples will be allowed on alternate rinks.

We are planning to open the club house and changing rooms on May 17th subject to the Government published guidelines not changing. The indoor greens should also be open then.

The captains of all four sections are working hard to make certain we have an enjoyable 2021/22 bowling season. Please give them your support.

You will see that the scheduled programme includes a national open day. Volunteers will be needed to help, so sign up as soon as the details go out. Our coaches will be on hand to look after the new bowlers so why not bring a friend along and introduce them to bowling and to your club.

It will be great to meet up over a coffee or a pint and I look forward to seeing you all very soon now.

All members who need to book a rink for competitions, please do so by contacting Jean Hunter. You will need to state the names of those playing and the competition. Book early to save being disappointed. All national county and club competitions will be given priority as long as the booking is not a last minute action.

Keep safe and enjoy your matches.
Paul Baker
Bowls Director


Thu 6th                                  Away to Purley                  2.30       Men’s                   Friendly

Thu 6th                                  Away to Purley                  2.30        Ladies                   Friendly

Sat 8th                                   Away to Cheam Fields     2.30        Men’s                   ESL

Wed 12th                              Home Purley Bury             2.30        Men’s                   RSB

Sat 15th                                  Home Wallington              2.30        Men’s                   ESL

Mon 17th                              Club Bar/Restaurant/Indoor Green           All open

Wed 19th                              Civil service v Purley         2.30        4 rinks

Thu 20th                               Home Ashburton Park    2.30        Men’s                   RSB

Sat 22nd                                Home Sutton                      2.30        Ladies                   Friendly

Sat 22nd                                Away Old Coulsdon          2.30        Men’s                   ESL

 Sun 23rd                               SCBA v SCWBA                   2.00        12 rinks

Mon 24th                              Home/Away Carshalton 2.30        Mixed                   Vilamoura

Tue 25th                                Mixed 4’s league Meeting             Details to follow

Tue 25th                               Home    Spring Park         2.30        Men’s                   RSB                       

Thurs 27th                            Away Croydon MO           2.30        Ladies                   C&D

Fri 28th,29th,30th,31st         National open day’s        4 days   further info to follow

Sat 29th                                 Home Purley Bury            2.30        Men’s                   ESL

Mon 31st                               Kim Brown Fun Day         2.30        Mixed

Surrey County Ladies Bowls Association

A quick summary of the Ladies Surrey Council meeting held on Zoom on Tuesday 13th April:

The joint SCWBA and SCBA year books have just gone to print, we will be informed when and where they will be available.

The “Johns” squad will consist of 48 players with 2 practice sessions on 22nd and 29th May. The first round is 26th June away against Sussex.

Surrey and national competitions will this year enforce the drawing of rinks as per the Law of Bowls.

The home team must offer a minimum of 2 rinks, if available, to be drawn for after arrival of their opponents.

Gill Long
Croydon SCWBA Delegate

Re: Leagues

We are looking for two volunteers to run the Fruit League on Tuesday afternoons and the Babs Carson League on Thursday evenings.  These leagues commence in June.  If anyone is interested please contact Dave Jackman (who used to run the leagues) tel: 020 8654 2382 and he will be happy to assist with any information and details needed.

I hope you are all enjoying your new found freedom which we should never take for granted.  Our bowling greens are running beautifully, so why not book a slot and come on down.

Don’t forget to fill in the Competition Entry Form which was sent to you in last month’s News Letter or alternatively, pick up a form from the club (when it opens) and fill it in by the 20th May.

A date for your diary – on 22nd May we have a Sutton friendly match at home (ladies) so keep this in mind.

We have a Kim Brown Charity Mufti Fun Day (mixed) on the 31st May at 2pm and everyone is invited to join in the fun… Summer Tea, Raffles (prizes needed please! to Pat Bentley) and lots more included for only £7.50 each.  Monies raised will go to the Royal Marsden Hospital …….put your names down on the sheet in the shed!!  Now.

We have a Smiths League (ladies triples) one rink at home and one away starting soon.  More information to follow.

Norville have withdrawn from the C&D league for various reasons.  They have thanked us for our hospitality and friendship over the past years.

Surrey have requested a donation towards Sheron Mitchell’s retirement fund.  Therefore, the outdoor ladies section have donated the sum of £20.

Pat Bentley
Ladies Outdoor Section

Ladies Indoor Committee

The long awaited day arrived – Monday April 12th for the re-opening of Croydon Bowls Club – and what happened? It SNOWED; it was thick and heavy! No-one knew how long the snow was going to last so a decision was made for bowling not to go ahead and the Club closed for one more day. But, thankfully the weather improved on the Tuesday and the Bowlers returned. It is rather chilly, so remember to wrap up with ‘layers’ of clothes.

I don’t have anything specific to report regarding Indoor Bowling – a bit too early yet, although I do have one important piece of information and that is: Our Ladies Indoor Committee has 2 vacancies.

Please let me know if you would like to join our very friendly Committee, or speak to one of the Committee who will tell you all about what we do.  The role is not onerous but to give support and put forward any fresh ideas you may have, we meet a few times during the summer but have monthly meetings during the winter season.

Ladies Indoor Committee

Kay Cadd– Captain

Jane Seymour Vice-Captain

Daphne Lye – Treasurer

Jean Hunter – Match Secretary

Sue Lammas – Competition Secretary

Gill Long – SCWIBA Delegate/EIBA

Marion Branch – Committee Member

Chris Uphill – Assistant League Secretary

(but I am delighted to say that she is going to be our League Secretary).

Many thanks Chris for taking on this position. We are here to support you as needed.

I hope that you have all had your 2nd vaccinations by now and feel safer. We need to pick our lives up to include meeting our friends outdoors at the moment, shopping and of course bowling.

After May 17th hopefully, we will be able to have Sam’s food and Norman’s drinks which is something to look forward to.  I hope to see you on the Green.  Stay safe – Hands/Face/Space/Fresh Air.

Kay Cadd
Ladies Outdoor Captain


English Indoor BA National Competitions 2021/2022:

As the Croydon BC EIBA correspondent it is my responsibility to respond to all requests by the association and one of those is to enter the sections into the various competitions that are paid for by the club.

The Ladies section team entries: 1. The Egham Trophy (Mixed Inter Club x 4 Rinks) 2. The Mason Trophy (Over 60’s Double Rink) 3. The Yetton Trophy (4 Rinks) 4. Champion of Champions (Club Individual Entry).

The Men’s section team entries: The Denny Inter Club Championships (Inter Club x 4 Rinks) 2. The Over 60’s Inter Club (2 Teams x Double Rink) 3. Champion of Champions (Club Individual Entry).

 It is a joint request that this season individual members handle their own entries and with this in mind please read the EIBA letter below:

“Dear Club Correspondent, please find attached a covering letter,

Winter National Competitions Entry Forms for the 2021/2022 season along with a copy of the rules. Any entries along with payment need to be received by the 7th June 2021. Entries can either be made via the club or individuals can enter directly with the EIBA. Entry Form A can also be found on the EIBA website. If you require a hard copy of the entry forms please advise accordingly and we will arrange for these to be sent. If you have any queries or require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. Stay safe and keep well.

Kind Regards Claire

Claire Edson Competitions Administrator English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd”.

If it is your wish to enter these EIBA National Competitions for the coming indoor season entry forms, rules and all assistance are available on the web site or directly from;

Ladies: Sue Lammas & Men: Allen Banks.

Allen Banks


It is planned to hold an indoor committee meeting in May/June to discuss the 2021-22 season. We also await information from the Surrey County Indoor Bowling Association as to the format of the Surrey league, however, we understand that the East Surrey Mixed League is going ahead but other details relating to the league have yet to be decided.

We have also decided that for the forthcoming season we will not have any fixtures that require coach travel, this will save the club £1500 and will be reviewed for the season 2022/23.

Apart from that there is not much to report.

Bill Hudson

Report from the Green’s Director

Thanks to the volunteers who turned out on Saturday 10th April and helped make ready for the opening of the greens for outdoor bowling.

Please be aware that work on the replacement windows in the Corbett shelter should commence on 28th April.  This may cause some disruption for about 2 days but will not stop bowling.

Dave Warrington, John Hilton, Tony Rowlands and I have been busy replacing/painting the boarding in the front car park, the edging around the “B” green has been replaced and the paving slabs cleaned. The bushes have been trimmed and the gardeners (Pat, Christine and Dominic notably, are back in business!). The Greens are looking fabulous and ready to play.

Let’s hope the weather is good to us and we can get back to bowls.

Rick Long

Christine having a well-earned Gardening break

What a difference the Karcher made!! Thanks Rick

Getting back to bowls – glorious weather 24th April 2021
Thanks Maggie for organising this!!

An impromptu Saturday afternoon

We decided as the weather was so lovely to try and arrange a fun roll up session and invite people to join in, never dreaming we’d have 24 interested bowlers. Equally thinking not 24 would show up, how wrong we were!!!!

A lovely afternoon of socially distanced bowling and meeting up with old friends was had by all!! And we are hopefully going to arrange another one for next Saturday 1st May,  just let Kay Cadd or Maggie Bennett know if you are interested.

We’ve been reliably informed that both greens will be available – so the more the merrier.

Maggie Bennett

Bar and Catering Report

The next phase of the government’s current guidelines for bar and catering currently state that we can serve people indoors via table service for up to 6 people or members of two households from the earliest 17th May. This is currently what we are aiming at.

The government then state that currently all restrictions may be lifted no earlier than 21st of June, Of course all of the above info is dependent on new comprehensive guidelines being made available.

 Sam and Norman are both keen to welcome you all back. Hopefully after 21st of June we will be able to open up our facilities to members, for events such as birthdays, weddings, meetings, please contact myself if you would like to avail yourself of these facilities. Until further notice we will still be adopting a cashless payment system.

As you are aware we will be trying to run a limited program in the club from 17th of May and a full program from 21st of June.

We asked last month if any of you are interested in volunteering for bar work? …….. We received two responses……………. We still need volunteers.

We are now taking bookings for all of the events scheduled for June and July, these will all be run under the Covid restrictions in place at the time, currently they should all be lifted by the 21st of June. Bookings will be logged in the order they are received. If we are restricted on numbers, the spaces will be given to those who have booked first.

Sam is looking forward to welcoming back the Wednesday lunch club, book with Sam nearer the date.

Bookings now being taken for these events in July. First come first served.

70s theme Welcome Back Quiz 2nd July. 6.30 pm £10 per person  – 

Book in advance with Alan 07772022156

The evening will start with a ‘pub meal’ of scampi or chicken in a basket with garnishes. Choc ices will be served during the interval. Tables of 6 will be served in the restaurant.  Your food selection must be ordered in advance, i.e. when you book.

The team captain should decide your team of 6 before booking. If you are on your own or cannot make a team of six – don’t worry we can arrange team partners to make the team up. (You are never alone at the Bowls Club! – just let Alan know).

The quiz itself, hosted by Maggie will start at 7.30 p.m. in the bar. Once again, tables will be set up as sixes, and limited to 10 teams. All tables will be pre allocated and will be the same table number in both areas.

Tickets are £10 per person this includes entry fee, meal and Raffle. Watch out for more info.

Other Events

Sunday Lunches are planned for 4th and 18th July – book early to avoid disappointment.

Cream tea and prosecco on 16th July – see advert on following page.

Bingo on 23rd  July.

Please contact Alan Hart/Yvonne Russell Tel: 07772022156 email:  for bookings.

Let’s get this Party Started!!!!

Alan and Yvonne

200 club       Congratulations!


 £100  –  Tim Kiddy        £70   –   Brian Willett             £30    –    Colin Kiddy

It was decided at a recent Board Meeting not to continue running the 200 Club after the current memberships run out. This is the penultimate draw.

Theatre News

Hi all, I hope you are all well and looking forward to the summer?

 I have at last been able to get a new date for Pretty Woman the Musical. This musical was a massive sell out so you can imagine that the pandemic caused havoc as it did with many other live productions. The new date is WEDNESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2021 leaving the club by coach at 5.15pm. This production has now moved to the Savoy Theatre, which is alongside the Savoy Hotel in the Strand.                               John Hilton


Ladies and Gents get your needles out, be they knitting,

crochet, sewing etc. we need anything you have created yourself

 to stock our HOMECRAFT STALL at the

forthcoming 0PEN DAY/BAZAAR on


(bring friends, family and neighbours) 

Your donations will be very much appreciated.  Nearer the time

 we will be appealing for Plants/Groceries/Bakery Products/Jewellery


Contact: Marion m.07743587626




With Prosecco

FRIDAY 25TH JUNE 2.00 pm

£ 14 per person

Pot of tea

Selection of finger sandwiches

Homemade scone served with butter, cream & jam

2 slices of cake

1 glass of Prosecco

Book now– ring Alan on 0777 2022 156

(Limited spaces)

Warner’s – Isle of Wight

Bembridge Bowls Tour 7th – 11th March 2022

Please return to:  Carole Pullen, 10 Willoughby Ave, Beddington, Surrey CR0 4QN


Tel: 02083952378

Two Wood Pairs

  Round Robin Event 

(21 ends or 90 minutes)

 Monday and Wednesday

   10 am or 12 Noon

 Starting in June

No entry fee – just playing for the fun of playing.

 All welcome -You may choose your partner or one can be found for you.

 If interested in taking part please contact Jane

Phone/text/email  07885 279762


 Would you like a reunion with your family and friends

when restrictions are lifted?






(up to 40 PEOPLE)

Sam, our Restaurant Manager, can provide a party buffet menu

or a “sit down” at a very reasonable price!!

For more information or to book your function contact either

Alan 07772022156 or Norman 0793 084 6252

special concessions available for regular bookings (clubs & societies)

Bookings are now being taken for events after 25th June 2021

In the event of cancellation due to restrictions deposits will be refunded


 (as at 26.4.21 – there will be more to come!!!)

MAY                      28th, 29th 30th    National Open Day Weekend                                                                           

31st                        Kim Brown Charity Day – £7.50  for further details get in touch with Pat Bentley

(we do not yet know what restrictions may be in place for these events)

JUNE                     21st                        ALL RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE LIFTED

25th        Fri           Welcome back, Cream Tea and Prosecco £14 pp – BOOK NOW

                             27th        Sun        Club Open Day, incorporating Summer BazaarVOLUNTEER NOW

                                                GET YOUR FRIENDS INTERESTED, BACK TO FITNESS!!!

JULY                      2nd          Fri           Quiz – 70s theme (£10 pp – incl. meal, raffle and quiz) teams of 6 needed

4th           Sun        Sunday Lunch

16th         Fri           Cream Tea and prosecco

18th       Sun         Sunday Lunch

23rd         Fri           Bingo – with John Hilton – Prizes galore

AUGUST              13th         Fri           Lee Rivers + his band

SEPTEMBER        8th – 13th               Club Tour

17th         Fri           Black Tie event – Ian Gallagher in cabaret

OCTOBER             1st           Fri           Quiz

17th         Sun        Sunday lunch

22nd        Fri           Tina Turner Experience

NOVEMBER        19th         Fri           Race Night

27th         Sat          Christmas Bazaar

DECEMBER          3rd           Fri           Christmas Quiz

10th         Fri           Carol Concert – Jane/Rose – we need a pianist PLEASE

17th         Fri           Face the Music, Xmas Dance & Xmas Draw           


February              4th           Fri           Cockney Night – – (Chas & Dave tribute)

March                   25th         Fri           “Madness” comes to Croydon – tribute band


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