Newsletter – July 2019

The Anglo-Saxon names for July included Haymonath or Maed monath, referring respectively to haymaking and the flowering of meadows. 

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If you have any forthcoming events/ club matches or results please pass them to Gill Harrison who will be happy to keep the board updated. (

If you have any items of interest or comments for the Newsletter please pass to Alan by 25th of each month.

Tel 0777 2022 156 or email


Hi all.

What a super turnout we had on Open Day.  It was great to see so many members enjoying the day, enjoying the food prepared by Luke and Barry and the Pimms etc. from Norman. Very much appreciated lads.  Thank you.

Thanks must also go to Alan, Yvonne and our stalwart helpers, a great success.

It is regret that I have to inform you that Peter Duncan has resigned from The Board and the Chairman of the Bowling Committee leaving a vacancy, covering both areas.  Any interested member please do not hesitate in contacting us, your Club needs you.  We must, of course, thank Peter for the 28 years of service he has given us.  A huge thank you Peter, you will be sorely missed.

Flat No.2 is in the process of being refurbished for tenancy once the new staircase is in situ.  This work is in hand as we speak.

Summer Indoor

I feel I should answer “The Crowd” who posted the letter re The Indoor Summer Season.

I attempted last season to get one or two members to help me sort out what we wanted to do to get the Section up and running as all other Sections are.  I had no response at all which was very disappointing.

Perhaps members of this section would like to contact me, or write a note with ideas.

There are Drives Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning which are run in the manner of roll ups.  Would it be an idea to make it competitive in some way?


Finance Director

As Mark Twain once said, “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”!

I am still “in post” and committed to continuing to move the club forward. There are many things still to put right, but we cannot do everything at once.

The bar and restaurant are now operating reasonably well, but until we can sort out the bottom kitchen, we cannot do a proper full service. This will, however, have to wait until alterations have been made to the vacant flat so we can rent it out.

We still need some volunteers to help out in the bar, so please see Norman Winford, if you can spare a few hours per week.

Thanks,                                                                   Finlay Morton


Recent Events   –   Maggie’s Quiz night

She’s done it again – another packed fun-filled quiz, thanks to those who donated prizes and, of course, Maggie and the bloke who helped her! Look out for the next one hopefully in September.

On 21st May John Hilton hosted another visit to the Royal Albert Hall for the performance “Abbaphonic”, once again a brilliant theatre evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. If you love -Abba – don’t forget we have Abba Chique coming to the Club in 2020.

Ten teams competed in our June Fun Bar Quiz, brilliantly hosted by Maggie. The winners were Maureen Hails, Ruth Allen, Sue Gregory, Shirley White, Jane Williams and Peter, congratulations. Profits for the club including the raffle were a fantastic £261.

Open Day – 23rd June

We were lucky again this year with the weather and a great turnout by club members. More than 50 people enjoyed an afternoon in the sun, eating a great BBQ thanks to Barry Swannie, and drinking Norman’s special Pimms cocktail. Thanks also to Luke who was beavering away in the kitchen producing copious amount of sandwiches, teas, coffees etc.

Heather Baily Optometrist, Sally from Will Matters and the ladies from Carriages sponsored the event and covered the costs of the day. Marion also ran a jewellery stall.

We always hope for more new members, however five people showed interest – so maybe we can persuade them all to join. Thanks to the hosts and coaches and, indeed everyone who helped.

The open day raffle yielded £110, and, as all of the prizes were donated, all profits went into the club funds.


For your information:

The club will be hosting an event for EDF on 4th July. The Company will be holding a corporate seminar, having lunch and then using the bowling green. They are expecting to have 40 people involved using the restaurant and our facilities.

STOP PRESS !!!  Something different

Antiques and Collectables 17th July 2.30 pm

Michael Laikin An amusing and experienced story teller about the fascinating world of antiques. Anecdotes gleaned from a lifetime in the trade will be at our Club…

Michael is an antiques expert formerly of the BBC Antiques Roadshow and will share his valuable insight into the world of antiques.

You can bring your valuables for a free valuation.

 Tickets are available NOW from Alan or social committee members £5.00 member’s £7.50 non-members.

Summertime Special – 26th July – 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

 We have already got a full coach for the summertime special, and a waiting list. All members who requested tickets should, by now, have received them.

The coach will leave the club at 9.00 am, please do not be late. We then travel to the Empire Room, Chalkwell Park, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex. Lunch will be served at 12.00 and the variety show ends at 4.00 pm. We expect to be back at the Club for 6.00 pm

(People with special dietary needs have been catered for – if we have been informed).

7th August Theatre Trip On your Feet!”  is a jukebox musical. Based on the lives and music of 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team Gloria and Emilio Estefan,   Please see John Hilton for further information.

9th August – Bingo 7.30 pm

Prizes galore as John Hilton runs the next bingo extravaganza. Enjoy a drink in the bar, and pre-order food from the restaurant.  Good Luck!!!

16th August 7.30 pm – Elvis comes to Croydon

Lee Rivers entertains, tickets are now on sale; £12.50 / £15 – please see any social committee member.

DO NOT MISS THIS – it will be a great night out.

Sunday 20th October  – Book Fair

Please help our club raise much needed funds by donating your unwanted books. Paperback novels in good condition are always popular. If you are looking for a bargain come along on the day between 10 am – 4 pm for a good browse.

John Hilton

Who is ambidextrous?

We found out on 27th May at the Kim Brown Charity fun day. Organised by the Ladies committee. We had a marvellous day on the Bank Holiday. The sun shone most of the afternoon and everyone had an interesting day of fun bowls followed by sumptuous afternoon tea / banquet provided by Maggie Atkinson, Pat Bentley, Jackie Barlow and helpers Karen and Natasha Winford.

The Royal Marsden benefitted to the tune of £240. Grateful thanks to those who provided all the raffle prizes which Alan and myself supervised, and to all who participated. Yvonne

Ladies Outdoor Committee

I know lots of the ladies have been taking part in various competitions and leagues; so good luck to everyone in these.  Thanks to everyone who has put their names down for our ladies’ matches; please keep doing so!   As can be
seen from the schedule, we have an increasing number of fixtures over the next couple of months, so we appreciate your support.  Our C&D League match with Caterham, due to be played on 20 June, was postponed at their request –
revised date is 3 September (match sheet is on the noticeboard).  ”   Many thanks,                       Jackie Barlow

Ladies Drawn Triples

Well done and thank you to the ladies who played in the drawn triples competition on 23rd June. Sorry that I exhausted some of you.

The teams through to the finals are Sue Lammas, Maggie Atkinson, Sophie Baker and Lesley King, Rosemary Ayliffe, Chris Uphill.

Chris Uphill

Competition Secretary 


What a great day. 43 Ladies arrived to play and were greeted with a breakfast of fruit juices, cereal, bacon rolls and of course, tea and coffee. This really set all the competitors and markers up for the day.

After 2/3 rounds of excellent bowling, all stopped for lunch. Barrie Swanney was on BBQ and working hard keeping up with demand. Luke put on a cold buffet that also included fresh fruit and cheese and biscuits. Both BBQ and buffet worked on a mix and match basis. A magnificent job guys.

Oh yes !! Back to the bowls. The Zone quarter finals now commenced with Gill Harrison taking part. Unfortunately, after 3 games in the morning, this proved a game too far.

From the moment the players arrived to the time they left we had nothing but compliments about the club and service. Well done to everyone involved.

I would like to thank Anne Kenny, Pat Bentley, Linda Webb, Jean Hunter, Brian Medhurst, Rick Long and myself for helping with the marking. This is very much appreciated by the County.                                                                    Gill Long

New Tables outside!

With the winding up of the Borough of Croydon ladies section, they shared their funds out between all the clubs who were members. With the money that Croydon was gifted, the ladies decided to invest in some new tables. Thanks to Barry Atkinson for assembling all six of them at home and transporting them to the club.

Thankyou Ladies

Grass is the easiest plant to install and the most difficult to maintain – Thanks Steve !!!


L&SCBA allows only three single rinks per club for this 2019/20 indoor competition, if you wish to enter please add the names of your team onto the entry form displayed in the indoor arena.

Should there be more than three teams applying to enter, then there will be a play off at the beginning of the season.

Dave Warrington
Team Manager


It has been agreed that starting next season Division 2 of the Men’s’ Indoor League will reform to become the MIXED INDOOR EVENING TRIPLES LEAGUE.

As two teams have opted to play in the MENS’ INDOOR LEAGUE Division 1, the remaining 3 Teams have decided to start the new league.  These teams; Trojans, Kenley and Aces/Choughs, together with a new team, will make up the league.  The 4 teams will play each other 8 times (24 games) and will be roughly on the same nights as before.

The format will be Triples over 14 ends starting at 6.15pm (average duration of 2hrs 15minutes), with the jack being re-spotted on dead ends. Each team should have a minimum of 6 players.

We may have to change players from the existing teams to create this new team if we cannot get enough players from new players, not in the Division 1 League.

We welcome our Ladies to join the teams to make it a proper Mixed League. If we have 4 full teams this would mean each player should play just over once a week.

Come on…………… join the Triples League

For further info contact David Jackman, Chris Davis or John Cameron.

Men’s Indoor Season News 2019/2020

Bowling outdoors on Sunday 23rd at Sutton BC I bumped into John Seymour, Robin Smith & David Critchfield who were all turning out to bowl for the Civil Service BA and guess what the brief conversation we had was about…….that the “indoor season is just a couple of months away”….yes the summer goes very quickly so it does.

Open Indoor 2 Wood Competition – Season 2019/20

As I stated in last month’s Newsletter, it is my intention to run an ‘Open 2 Wood Competition’ next indoor season and I would ask all members to keep their eyes peeled for more information. This will be made available at a later date. The competition will be well suited to all bowlers with an eye for the jack particularly budding front end bowlers both Ladies and Men.

Hope you all continue to enjoy your outdoor bowling season, gardens and summer holidays both home and abroad whatever have a lovely time and stay ‘Happy and Healthy’….see you all soon.

Allen Banks

We have been advised by Bowls Surrey, that in National and County competitions players and clubs will no longer be able to choose the rink they want to play on, in future they must nominate 2 rinks which will then be drawn by the umpire, on duty green steward or and independent person preferably in front of their opponent. Further details will follow in a future news letter.

Bill Hudson


I am pleased to announce that we have installed a new light meter in the snooker room, and this will only take new £1 coins, and this is still only a £1 an hour. The good news now is you can put a few coins in at the same time, this saves the light going out at the wrong time, just as you are about to take your shot.

Now for all you budding Ronnie O’Sullivan’s out there who wish to have a few pointers on the game, I will be only too pleased to help with a little advice. Remember I am not a professional, but have learnt a lot about the game I can hopefully pass on my knowledge, and this will be free!

One last point I would like to make is that the snooker room is located at the next door past the visitors changing room / kitchen doorway on the left. Believe it or not, there are a number of members of our club who didn’t know we had a snooker room.

Alan Whittlesey contact me on (

Mobile 07775965009 or at home 02087760074

Advertising Update

We are still looking for more sponsors to advertise their products in our club, as well as a great form of revenue, it also brightens the indoor hall up, and we are hoping to get some sponsors for the outside area as well.

If you have any suggestions, please forward them.

If you have any contacts with local advertising please let us know

contact Alan Hart on 0777 2022 156 or email

Enjoying a pint just before our Cabaret Night!!!

But you don’t have to dress up to enjoy the bar & restaurant hospitality……………bring your friends for a pint (or a cocktail!!)

You don’t have to dress up to enjoy a pint in our bar – but don’t they scrub up well  ?

Behind (and In front of) the Bar

I am very grateful to all the volunteers who are now taking on bar duties, we are trying very hard to get members back into the club and using our facilities.

I am also, with the support of the Social section, trying to put on events in the bar and restaurant. The first example of this is the event planned for 17th July 2.30 pm. Michael Laikin, ex BBC antiques roadshow presenter will be giving a talk on his experience in the antiques trade and will then value any treasures you bring.



July Games

Thurs 4th 2.30 Ladies C&D away Shirley Park

Sat 6th 2.30 mixed friendly away West Wickham

Sun 7th 2.30 Men ESL   away Cheam Fields

Wed 10th 2.30 Men RSB away Sth Norwood Lakes

Wed 10th 6.00 Ladies C&D home Warlingham Park

Thurs 11th 2.30 Men RSB home Old Coulsdon

Sat 13th 2.30 Men ESL home, Wallington

Wed 17th 2.30 Men RSB home South Norwood Lakes

Thurs 18th 2.30 Men RSB away Spring Park

Thurs 18th 2.30 Ladies C&D home Carshalton BC

Sat 20th 2.30 Men ESL away Old Coulsdon

Mon 22nd 2.30 Mxd H/A Warlingham Park (Vilamoura)

Sat 27th 2.30 Ladies friendly Home Godstone

Sat 27th 2.30 Men ESL Home Purley Bury

Mon. 29th 2.30 Insurance Ladies BA friendly at home

Wed. 31st 2.30 mixed friendly home to Streatham Park

Wed 31st 2.30 Men RSB away Grangewood Park

Wed 31st 2.30 Mxd friendly away Wallington

Many thanks to all the Ladies and Gentlemen who organise these games.

Please see the sheets on the wall and put your names down – That’s what it’s all about!!

200 Club Monthly Draw


£100                         No  18363           Bob Burgess

£  70                         No  19040           Ruby Bowdery

£  30                         No  19715           Mike Howard

Each certificate has 36 chances of winning!



Tina Welsh – Draw Manager

2019 Social Diary

17th July 2.30 pm –  Antiques and Collectables. Free valuations with Michael Laikin

26th July – 8.00 am – Summertime SpecialWestcliffe on Sea

7th August – Theatre Trip “On your Feet”

9th August – Bingo – 7.30 for 8.0 pm – Another fantastic evening! Drinks in the bar and pre-ordered food from Luke.

16th August – Elvis comes to Croydon – Lee Rivers entertains – last tickets still available. Put on your dancing shoes – 7.30 for 8.00 pm

2nd October –Tchaikovsky at the Albert Hall – see John Hilton

4th October – Autumn Quiz

20th October – Indoor Open Day & Book Fair

25th October – Race Night

1st November–Old Tyme Music Hall

23rd November – Bazaar – Marion’s marvellous market

29th November – Christmas Quiz

6th December – Carol Concert

13th December – Face the Music – Christmas Draw

We now have a complete diary for 2019, these are on all of the notice board areas in the club, and on the club Website

Just a thought!

History of Bowls – snippet 

If we travel back into the mists of time, we find that the Egyptians played marbles with knuckle-bones. This craze for launching a missile at a target seems to be so much a part of human nature that we could claim that bowls was perhaps the second oldest game of them all.

Did Adam ever roll an apple at the Tree of Knowledge? Or at Eve? Certainly every child responds to a pebble beach by quite naturally picking up a pebble and throwing it into the sea, often with a target in mind.

Many games have developed from the same root. Golf, croquet, billiards, snooker, archery and darts all involve targets, but marbles, quoits, skittles, petanque, bocca and bowls all have one thing in common which makes them more primitive and natural games; there is no element – no club, sling, cue, bat, racket or bow – to distance the man (or woman) from the ball.

Bowls, like those close cousins, is the simplest of all ball games. If you can roll a ball, you can play bowls. The ball itself is the only artifice … after that, it’s all hand and eye.


Think about it!!  

Any comments or entries for the Newsletter, please send to Alan or give to me …………………………. any anecdotes/stories, games played, photos, fixtures etc.

I hope you enjoyed this months contributions             Yvonne – Editor


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