Newsletter – April 2020

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Unfortunately we have lost a few colleagues/ members to this horrible virus. Our prayers and thoughts go to their families at this time…

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Peter Hunt a past member of the club both indoors and out and who played for the club not only in representative matches but in league and friendlies Matches and Competitions. Peter and his wife Jayne ran the Restaurant franchise for many years.

Peter was a great supporter of Surrey County and was part of the team that last won the Middleton Cup for the County he also went on to become Team Manager for the Counties senior squad.

The club sends its sincere condolences to Jayne and the family. RIP Peter.

Some of the members are regularly phoning round and keeping in touch, please don’t hesitate – some of the members may rely on contact from their friends and bowling colleagues.

There really isn’t much bowling news, but hopefully you are all keeping in touch with eachother and are all keeping fit for when we return!!!! We hope it will be very soon.

If you have access to Facebook there have been some lovely photos published of our Club’s events over the years – please take a look.

We mentioned in the last newsletter that we urgently need a Company Secretary and a Finance

Director…..this still stands. It has become even more apparent now that we are closed. A small number of very dedicated members have been running the day to day management of the Club, and we should all be extremely grateful for their assistance at this time.

One of these dedicated persons is our Theatre King John! – He has been tirelessly working and has hopefully managed to obtain the government / council loans which are available to small business in order to keep us going…as you can imagine this involves a great deal of form-filling telephoning and patience. No news is available as yet but keep your fingers crossed.

Tina has been making sure our bills are being paid and that our accounts are in order for when we return, and Daphne has been ensuring that the Board are kept up to date with everything.

Steve is keeping the greens immaculate and we are ready to go as soon as we have to go ahead. Thanks for your hard work and dedication Steve.

During this “lockdown” time we are updating our security systems, and John and Tony Bourne have been working on this for us as well. … There will be a few changes to the system when we return, but this should not affect members too much. Obviously we will be keeping you informed. We all just hope this does not go on for too long in the meantime, keep well and stay safe!!


President's Report

Hi everybody. 

I would like to begin with sending you all Best Wishes and to KEEP SAFE during this lockdown from myself and fellow Directors.

We may well be isolated but I am sure we are all thinking of each other and waiting for the ALL CLEAR to be announced so we can all rush back to our club and be together again.

Membership renewal letters have been circulated but one or two have slipped through the net, therefore, if you have not received yours please contact David Blackburn who will deal with the oversight.  Thank you.

A new alarm system is being installed 23.4 which is being handled by John Hilton with background help from Tony Bourne.  This lockdown has put pressure on those Directors able to get out whilst those of us that are locked in can only thank  wholeheartedly John Hilton  and the two Directors who will be key holders during this crisis- Paul Baker and Tony Goucher.  

John is also collecting post and liaising with Tina Welsh for Invoices and payments that need to be paid during this crisis.  John you’re a treasure and Tina be careful.

 The lockdown will continue, until we hear from the Government otherwise, the Club will be closed.  Rest assured we will take great pleasure in contacting you all to return as soon as the flag is dropped!

The outdoor greens are looking superb, thank you Steve.  They are ready for the rush, which I’m sure will happen, when we are able to.  No hayfield at Croydon!!!

Once again dear members, keep safe and let’s hope WE’LL MEET AGAIN very soon.


Ladies Indoor National Competitions

If anyone is interested in entering the National Indoor Competitions for 2020/21, the date for these to be sent in has been put back to the 9th June to allow more time.  If you would like to enter and do not have a form please let me know and I will e-mail you a copy.  So far I have no entries whatsoever, so come on ladies, give it a go.

Gill Harrisson

Ladies Outdoors

You will not be surprised to learn that the Croydon and District Ladies League competition will not be run this year.  However, it has been suggested that if we are allowed to play again during the summer, then we could turn the fixtures into friendlies instead.  I think this is a good idea as it would give us a chance to have some competition and meet some fellow bowlers.  I’ll keep you posted when we get more news.

It would be nice to think that we might get some time on well-tended greens rather than in our own back gardens (if we are lucky enough to have one, of course).  I have what I call grass, rather than a lawn, as it contains a good selection of clover and daisies too – and it’s certainly not flat or long enough to practise bowling, even if I had any bowls at home!  

Hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Jackie Barlow

Men’s Indoor

Firstly, I hope all our members are staying safe and well in these troubled times when will it end?

Work is going on behind the scenes with Allen Banks working on next season’s competitions both internal and external. Peter Duncan is working on our fixture list and Dave Blackburn has been helping sending membership invoices.

In respect of the season that has now finished some discussion has been going on regarding competitions and I know Allen would like to have them completed by the end of October. No decision has yet been made regarding the leagues in respect of promotion, relegation and prize money although discussions are ongoing.

The Board have agreed to the men wearing shorts next Indoor season, however, the shorts must be Bowls England, EIBA or bowls manufacturers produced shorts either grey or white and white sports socks only can be worn if players opt to wear shorts.

Due to the covid 19 there has been no County executive meeting and so the decision as to whether we enter the Surrey League as a 3 or 4 rink team is not resolved.

I, for one cannot wait for this lockdown to finish or at least be eased – sitting indoors is getting boring watching repeated TV programmes and films and no live sport, not seeing my children and grandchildren is frustrating and I guess it is a similar situation for the rest of our membership. But staying indoors and selfisolating is the safest solution currently so stay safe everyone, stick to the rules and take time to think of all those Doctors, nurses, ancillary staff who put their lives on the line to look after all those patients with this terrible virus and not forgetting the shop workers, transport operators and all the emergency services.

We look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.

Bill Hudson
Men’s Indoor Captain

Hi All,

Reference: Men’s Indoor Bowls:
(Men’s Indoor Competition Secretary)

Obviously with the closure of the club and of course bowls in general due to the Coronavirus there can be no planning for next season 2020/2021 until we have definite notice via the EIBA and then our own management committee. Then once they get their heads together a plan of action can be instigated. My intention would be to sort out the semi-finals and finals from last season first and if that is possible to then set a course of action with the indoor committee for next season’s competitions. But as I say let us see what, where, how and when…so watch this space?

The £590.00 entry money for the clubs men’s indoor competitions for last season 2019/2020 is held in the CBC account and has been ring fenced off.  This money is quite safe and will be drawn down by myself as usual and paid out less 10% to winners and finalists once results are complete.

Please do not attempt to play at your Bowls Club during this epidemic for you will be breaking the law, the priority is for everyone to stay home, stay safe and be there for when Bowls is back. 

As to those of you that have forwarded to me your entry forms and payment for the EIBA Nationals and Surrey County Competitions I have your cheques, cash and entry forms with me at home where it will stay until I am notified of the intentions of relevant parties/associations etc. as to whether indoor bowling will take place or not in 2020/2021.

As your Competition Secretary I do wish I could be more positive, but at this stage it is impossible so personally from me please stay safe, listen and obey official guidelines and I hope to see you all very soon.   

Allen Banks
Men’s Indoor Competition Secretary
(M) 07810 000568
(H) 020 8653 1357

A Little Lightheartedness....

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked, “What’s on TV?”

I said, “Dust.”

And then the fight started…

Time for us girls!!!

I’m normally a social girl, I love to meet my mates.
But lately with the virus here, we can’t go out the gates.

You see, we are the ‘oldies now we need to stay inside,
If they haven’t seen us for a while, they’ll think we’ve upped and died.

They’ll never know the things we did before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook, So not everything was told.

We may seem sweet old ladies who would never be uncouth,
But we grew up in the 60s, if you only knew the truth!

We smoked, we drank, we partied, there was sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,
The pill and miniskirts, and we were quite outrageous flirts.

Then we settled down, got married and turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife…then Nana. Who on earth did we become?

We didn’t mind the change of pace Because our lives were full,
But to bury us before we’re dead Is like a red rag to a bull!

So here you find me stuck inside, for 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again then had to close the door!

It doesn’t really bother me, I’ll while away the hour.
I’d bake for all the family But I’ve got no flaming flour!

Now Netflix is just wonderful I like a gutsy thriller.
I’m swooning over Idris or some random sexy killer.

At least I’ve got a stash of booze for when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin I’m feeling suicidal!

So let’s all drink to lockdown, to recovery and health,
And hope this awful virus doesn’t decimate our wealth.

We’ll all get through the crisis and be back to join our mates.
Just hoping I’m not too far wide to fit through the flaming gates

Pam Ayres

My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.

She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,

“I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.’ I replied, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.”

And then the fight started…

How about a quiz?

Have fun finding out the answers……..

  1. What on a bowls green is 600mm long?
  2. The jack can be what colour besides white?
  3. Bowls must be made of wood (lignum vitae), rubber or plastic resin – true or false?
  4. What feature of a bowls green is also slang for ‘abandon’?
  5. What is defined as ‘the jack and any bowls which have come to rest in the boundaries of the rink of play and are not dead’? (It is also a word for a part of an animal’s body.)
  6. A set of bowls must be 4 bowls which are of the same make and model and of the same size, weight, X , bias, serial number and engraving. What is the missing feature X?
  7. What item of equipment is relevant to current social distancing?
  8. If a jack is knocked into the ditch, it is marked on the bank by an indicator of what colour?
  9. Pegs at the side of the rink are used to mark what distance? A) 23 metres from the front of the mat. B) 25 metres from the rear ditch or C) 10 metres from the front ditch?
  10. There is guidance on how to conduct oneself when participating in bowls. Is it known as? A) The Oracle 
  11. B) The Etiquette or C) The Conventions?

Advanced question:
What in bowls is between 19.8cm and 20.1cm (I.e. just under 8 inches)?

Send off your answers by email to
(there may be a small prize for the correct answers)

200 Club Monthly Draw

All fundraising keeps your membership fees down and helps pay our bills – which are always going up!


The 200 Club is still available to enter during the lockdown as long as you are a paid up member of the club. All applications will be entered into the April 2020 draw and will be valid up to and including the March 2021 draw. When the club re-opens the missed draws will be made and all prizes paid out.

To apply please complete the form and post it with your cheque made out to Croydon Bowling & Sports Club Ltd to my home address: 25a Arkwright Road, South Croydon, CR2 0LN, or pay by BACS directly into the club account with your name and ‘200 club’ as reference and I will complete a form for you.

The club bank details are: 

Account Name: Croydon Bowling & Sports Club Ltd
Sort code:                              20-24-64
Account number:                93470954

I will contact you with your 200 Club numbers and issue the certificates once the club is open.

We thank you for your continued support of the club and the 200 Club Draw

Tina Welsh – Draw Manager

Application for the CB&SC 200 Club Monthly Draw

You have a chance of winning up to £2,400 in 12 months with the Croydon Bowling & Sports Club 200 Monthly Draw. For £15 you receive a certificate with 12 draw numbers. All 112 numbers are entered into each of the next 12 draws. As all your numbers are entered each month you have a chance of winning all three prizes.

There is no limit to how many certificates you can hold – the more entries you have, the more chances of winning.

You can buy certificates at any time so there is no need to wait until they expire.

The draw is open to members of all sections of Croydon

Bowling & Sports Club and all the profits go to the club.


I would like ……………… (number) of certificates at  £15 each to enable me to enter the CB&SC 200 Club  monthly draw.  

I enclose a cheque made payable to CROYDON BOWLING & SPORTS CLUB LTD 


for £…………………………


Name (BLOCK LETTERS) …….……………………………………


Tel No……………………………………………………………………


Email …………………………………………………………………….


The Board and all Officials hope that you all keep well. Keep in touch with your friends at Croydon and we hope we shall see you all at the Club very soon.

The world has caught a virus, but it’s nothing you can see,
So here I am in house arrest –  in case it’s after me!
It seems I’m very vulnerable  ‘cos my youth is in the past.
Age is the only thing that suddenly works fast.
They’ve banned nice friendly chats to
anyone who’s near
ut if we follow all the rules

We’ll be bowling here NEXT YEAR!!!


 If you are fed up of the lock down and can’t now rebook your holiday in September you might like to join us on this years’ tour.

If you don’t want to bowl but just enjoy the holiday that’s fine. There will be a coach from the club taking us down to glorious South Somerset.

Due to a cancellation I have one twin or double room available. Full details are attached but, in the first instance, if you are interested please ring me.

John Hilton 020 8654 1067
Stay safe. Stay well.  

2020 Croydon Bowling Club Summer Tour Cricket-St- Thomas, Chard 9th-14th September

We have a great new venue the four star Cricket St Thomas Hotel, near Chard in Somerset and we will be playing games against clubs we have never played before in both Somerset and Dorset. The hotel, owned by Warner Leisure is set in 160 acres of grade 2 listed landscaped parkland set in rolling Somerset countryside.

The main house was featured in BBC’s “To The Manor Born.” It also has links with Nelson. Facilities include an indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium, beauty salon & games room. Outdoor activities include archery and rifle shooting. There is varied entertainment and dancing every night.

The newly refurbished standard rooms all have coloured TV, Tea/Coffee making facilities, and all the fittings you would expect from a four star hotel. The very wide variety of food can be selected from a menu or self-service, both for breakfast and dinner in the evening and is of a very high standard. There is also an option to up-grade to a Signature Room. Details of the extra benefits can be found on the Warner’s website or on request from me.

This holiday will currently include four games of bowls, a conducted tour and cream tea at Forde Abbey & Gardens. A trip to Bridport, an ancient town with a famous market and, for non- bowlers, a half day trip to the seaside resort of Lyme Regis.

If you come as a non- bowler there will be plenty for you to see and do either at Cricket St Thomas or on one of the trips. 

Whilst I am still awaiting quotes from coach companies I would estimate the cost of this holiday to be in the region of £559 per person. This includes a standard room based on two people sharing a twin or double room, bed & breakfast and evening meal, all green fees, all transportation costs from the time you leave the club and any entry fees to any places we are visiting as per the itinerary.

I also hope to cover most of the cost of wine and soft drinks on our last night.

If you would like to come on this tour please complete the form below and return to me along with your cheque for £50 per person made payable to Croydon Bowling & Sports Club Ltd ASAP. The tour will be restricted to 53 people so please don’t delay your application.

Croydon Bowling Club tour. 9th-14th September 2020.

I would like to book a Single Room (  ) Twin Room (  ) Double Room (  ) Upgrade to Signature Room (  )

Signature room upgrade extra £ 50 per person. Single supplement may depend on the number of singles booked. **I would/ would not be prepared to pay a supplement. **I would/would not be prepared to share. I would advise you to share where possible.

** Please delete as necessary                   Do you have travel insurance?  Yes/No **


If yes please state policy no…………………………………..Name of  Company…………………………………..

Would you like Warner’s Holiday Protection Policy @ £9 per person  Yes/No **

I/we would like to play in …………………..matches(state number, Max 4)  Non bowlers who are very welcome will receive a refund of match fees on our departure day. 

Name (block Capitals)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Spouse/Friend/Partners Name………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Address………………………………………………………………………………………….. Post Code……………………………………….

Tel No……………………………………….                         E Mail Address………………………………………………………………………

Enclosed my deposit cheque/cash for £…………………… (£50 per person) Payable to Croydon Bowling & Sports Club Ltd

Return to John Hilton 72 Lorne Gardens, Croydon, CR0 7RY Tel No 020 8654 1067


Thank the Lord we don’t live in America! Living in Seattle, Washington State my daughter has to suffer Donald Trump every day. As retired scientist she must cringe every time he opens his mouth. You couldn’t make it up!!  Don’t listen to those that want the over seventies to stay in their homes until Christmas. Just look at the statistics, with the amount we contribute to the economy the country can’t afford it.

So we do have some good news and if the government lift the lock down and the science say’s it safe we will be singing and laughing in the aisles. “Hairspray” has been rebooked for TUESDAY 29th September 2020. I will let you have further details nearer the time. Our High Tea” at Browns still needs to be rescheduled as they are on total lock down at the moment. Only serving food there is no reason for them to be answering the phone or picking up e mails. Whilst I will try and arrange it for the same day as “Hairspray” there is always another day!

As the date has been changed a few people can’t make that date, so if you would like to see a great comedy musical starring International Star Michael Ball please give me a ring straight away on 020 8654 1067 and I will talk you through the details.

Finally, I would like to say thank you for your support over the last ten years and one way or another I will make our 10th anniversary year something special. 

Just wearing my other hat I would like to thank all those members for paying their subscriptions during these troubled times. No amount of money can replace your support because without you we have no club. Stay safe. Stay well. See you all soon.

John Hilton


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