Newsletter – June 2021


Open Day

!! Bazaar and Bowl  !!
27th June 2021
10.00 am – 4.00 pm

We endeavour to recruit more members this month with our own recruitment day.


The bar and restaurant will be open and Marion has lots of bargains – bring your relatives and friends and have another fun day out. Weather permitting the Bazaar will be held on the “C” green.

Banners and boards are outside the club, we are featured on three local websites, including our own, advertisements are in local publications and we are having 5,000 updated leaflets distributed throughout the local area. If you can possibly take some of our leaflets, situated on the table in the hallway, we would ask you to display them in local shops etc. Perhaps put one of them in the window of your car. We should be grateful for any volunteers on the day.

Contributions would be much appreciated

Groceries/bakery/fruit & veg


Knitting/crochet/hand sewn items


Plants, cuttings, tools etc.


All left over food will be donated to a food bank

QUERIES – Marion 07743587626

President’s Report

Hi everybody I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying this lovely weather.  It has certainly been a bonus in these bad times, although it has been a tonic seeing the bowlers on the green and so many of you coming up to socialise in the restaurant and bar.  It’s like being “let out of prison “!!!

We are in need of more clerical assistance in the main office.  We do have Brenda Rutt but we do need another volunteer.  A few hours per week would be so helpful and take a load off of those already doing sterling work.  The covid has certainly not helped.

Thanks must go to Rick and his band of men who have made our outdoor greens, furniture, sheds and gazebos top notch.  Thank you lads.

We have had so many congratulations regarding our covid safety which has been from those in high places.  Thank you all BUT remember we are not out of the woods yet.

Keep smiling ALL, we’ll get there.  Cheers.


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I am very sorry to have to let you know that our dear Fred White died yesterday (4.6.21) morning and Beryl was with him.

A long standing member with a wicked sense of humour, he will be sadly missed.

The funeral will be held at Croydon crematorium on 28th June at 12.45 pm.

R.I.P James Keogh MBE

16.09.1937 – 13.06.2021

Our beloved James Keogh sadly passed away on 13.06.2021

He was a loving brother, uncle, father and grandad and will be missed dearly. He had many hobbies but his favourite past-time was playing bowls and taking part in tournaments.

His funeral will be held at Croydon crematorium on Tuesday 6th July at 13:45.

 If you would like to attend, please send me a message on 07528057169.

Lisa Keogh

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Bowls Director

I attended a meeting this morning of the Surrey club chairman’s committee. They all sent their good wishes to Peter Duncan and his wife. I have requested Daphne to convey this to Peter.

Some of the club chairmen played at Croydon at the end of May and have asked me to bring the following comments back to the club and members of the board.

“On arrival everyone was made welcome and given information regarding equipment,

 changing, bar and catering”.

“The club’s attention to covid and safety of players was the best anyone had seen”.

“Every participant enjoyed the day and felt in NO danger at any point re covid  19”.

Well done to you, all the hard work and your compliance to the regulations has brought the above comments from the County.


With the continued changes in the governments regulations, we should be congratulating ourselves for being not only open but we are in a position to hold matches and to date at least one county match has taken place. Following the match, I was at the Surrey club chairman’s meeting and received the congratulations from the clubs for the covid safety procedures we had in place and the comment was made we all felt safe at Croydon.

We need to keep our standards high and keep us all safe, always wear a mask when inside the building unless seated at a table for a drink or to eat.

As we start to prepare for the indoor season, we need a member to take up the role of snr. green steward. If any indoor bowler is interested, please contact me.  Keep safe and enjoy your bowling.

Paul Baker
Bowls Director


Just keeping in touch and hoping that you are enjoying not only the sunshine but the bowling on our superb greens, thanks to Steve.

Another Saturday drive went ahead which was organised by Vernon Nicholas and well supported.

We will be having a committee meeting after the deadline for this month’s newsletter which is going out earlier than usual so I don’t have anything to report to you at this time.

I would however like to mention the bowling bags/cases that are on top of the lockers in our changing room.

Recently I was asked to look for a ladies bowling case – I checked every single bag/case and found that the majority of them don’t have any names to identify the owner which made it very difficult to find the case that I was looking for.

Could I ask you please to put labels/name tags on your cases when you are able? Thank you.

Meanwhile stay safe and keep bowling.

Kay Cadd
Ladies Indoor Captain

Ladies Outdoor Captain’s Report

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather – just right for bowling.  Thanks for putting your names down on the match sheets for forthcoming matches – please keep it up as the matches are important to the running of the ladies outdoor section. 

We do need two more ladies for the drawn triples on the 27th June, so please contact Chris Uphill our match secretary if you wish to play.   We have played one C&D match with CMO’s which was a draw.  Our friendly with Sutton was a win by eight points to Croydon.  We played the “Top Club” (a National game) against Purley Bury and they won.  Thank you for your support and hope to see you on the greens.  Many thanks Dave Jackman for getting the Tuesday afternoon fruit league up and running – well done Dave.

Pat Bentley
Ladies Captain

Summer League(s) 2021

Normally, by now, we would be well into the summer league fixtures but in this abnormal season, we are just starting!

Tuesday Afternoon “Fruits” (now Triples) League

We have 39 players for this league.  There will be six teams of 6 or 7 players so we all get 4 or 5 games.  The first “fruits” matches are on Tuesday, 22nd June and on the subsequent Tuesdays until the final matches on 24th August, making 10 games overall. 

On the 24th, there will be a “Prize-giving” – “Wine and Bits” gathering after the matches, at about 5.00 p.m. 

Babs Carson League

Sadly, only 23 people signed up for this league which is not enough to run a normal league system……..

We have had long discussions amongst ourselves about what to do on Thursday evenings instead of the “Babs” formal league.  We had a number of options on the table, but we have come down to running an “aggregate” with Tony Rowland taking the reins.  He has support from 4 or 5 other participants to deal with the data recording and financial business – a match fee of £1 per session per player should be charged on Thursday evenings starting at 6.15 on 1st July until the nights close in!

I took down the original “Babs” list but am now replacing it for any additional players to show their interest in playing (hoping that all of the original 23 will continue to support this worthy cause!)

David Jackman

Men’s Indoor Section

We had our first indoor committee meeting for many months on 16/6/21 and whilst it was too early to contemplate the internal league structures without knowing the likely membership numbers, to that end Wayne Kavanagh and Luke Griffin will be contacting league captains to see if they intend to run next season.

David Blackburn, our league secretary, has now taken on more work for the club and since the passing of Barry Barrett has nobody to help him, therefore, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help David collecting and checking the score cards and chasing up league captains to fulfil their fixture. We also now need to get a section secretary as Tim Norvell has decided to stand down. We would take this opportunity to thank Tim for all his work over the years. If anybody would like to volunteer for the jobs mentioned please contact me, Paul Baker or Dave Blackburn.

There is no news yet on county competitions or the Surrey league. Dave Williams is continuing to captain the mixed games and I would like to thank Jane Seymour, who has agreed to help Dave on match days. We have also agreed on match fees, home and away, of £9 per player – the first increase in 5yrs – and members playing representative games like the “Denny” and “over-60s” double rink will pay a match fee of £4 home and away but this will not include food. Where club matches do not include a match meal then the match fee will be adjusted downwards. Please check the match meal listed on the selection sheet, if you have a dietary problem with the meal you must notify the captain of the day at least 3 clear days before the start of the fixture so that the caterer can be advised. Meals cannot be changed if the captain is notified less than 3 days of the start of the fixture.

I was also sad to learn of the passing of a long time club member Fred White. Fred was an old-school character and club member who took league captain responsibilities and made himself available for club matches when he was fit and able, I am sure everyone would like join with me in sending their condolences to Fred’s wife Beryl and the family.    We also pass our condolences to James Keogh’s family at this sad time, we remember both gentlemen well.

Bill Hudson,
Indoor Captain



The original sheet was inadvertently scrapped in a clean-up in the bowling hall. Many thanks.

Ken Kosbab

Greens Director’s Report

Now that most of the work round the outdoor greens, Corbett shelter, fox fence, all the gazebos repaired and painted, new doors to rear car park and main doors to rear car park varnished;

All members should be responsible for the following:

  1. Rear car park last car out – regardless of timeensure the gates are closed.
  2. The doors from the car park to the green – are not self-closingplease ensure the gates are closed behind you both on entering and leaving.
  3. Shed on B green – Please ensure the doors are closed if the green is empty.
  4. Doors to Corbett Shelter. These need to be closed when greens are empty.

The work carried out is for your benefit.          Please look after your club.

Rick Long
Greens Director

Editor’s note:  Rick and his volunteers have done a great deal of work in and around the club over the last six months – It is soul destroying when some members do not comply with simple housekeeping to keep our club in safe and working order. Please follow these simple requests. Many thanks!

National Open Day / Kim Brown Charity Event

Our “National Open Day” combined with our charity “Kim Brown Day” on 31st May was a great success considering the amount of time we had to prepare for it! As you can see from the photos, it was a glorious day and fun was had by everyone.

We had a tremendous response to the raffle held in aid of The Royal Marsden. Thanks to those of you who bought tickets donated prizes, and took part, we were able to donate over £200 to this cause which touches many of our hearts. Thanks also go to our caterer, helpers and coaches.

 The recruitment day, which was a National event saw several “hopefuls” have a go at bowling, it is anticipated that at least three members will join. If you do see these souls wandering around, please say “hello” and make them welcome.

(Lots to do!!!)
So put your name down …….


JUNE 2021           

22           June                        4s league                Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours League

23           June                       Mitcham                 Away      Mixed     2.00        Friendly

25           June                       Cream Tea                                             2.00        Social Event

25           June                       Purley                     H/A         Mixed     2.30        Vilamoura League

26           June                        Middleton Cup     Home      Mixed     10.00      Surrey County

26           June                        Epsom                    Home      Men        2.30        East Surrey League

27        June                Club Open Day & Bazaar        10.00  

27           June                        Drawn Triples       Home      Ladies     10.00      Competition

29           June                        4s League               Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours League

30           June                        Sutton                    H/A         Mixed     2.30        Vilamoura League

JULY 2021

2              July                         Caterham               Home      Ladies     2.30        C/D League

2              July                         Caterham               Home      Ladies     2.30        Friendly

2              July                         Quiz Night                                             6.30        Social Event

3              July                         Cheam    BC           Away      Men        2.30        East Surrey league

4              July                         Sunday Lunch                                       2.00        Social Event

6              July                         4s League               Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours League

8              July                         Gonville                  Away      Men’s     2.30        RSB league

8              July                         Shirley Park           Home      Ladies     2.30        C/D League           

10           July                         Middleton Cup     Home                      11.00      Surrey County

10           July                         West Wickham     Home      Mixed     2.30        Friendly

11           July                         Cheam Fields        Home      Men        2.30        East Surrey League

12           July                         Surrey Ladies         Home                      1.15        Surrey County

12           July                         South Norwood away          Men        2.30        RSB league

13           July                         4s League               Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours League

15           July                         Old Coulsdon        Home      Men        2.30        RSB League

15           July                         Purley Ladies         Away      Ladies     2.00        C/D league

15           July                         Purley Ladies         Away      Ladies     2.00        Friendly

16           July                         Cream Tea                                             2.00        Social Event

17           July                         Surrey/Bucks         Home      Men        11.00      SCHL

17           July                         Wallington             Away      Men        2.00        East Surrey League

18           July                         Sunday   Lunch                                      2.00        Social Event

20            July                         4s League               Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours league

20           July                         BCBA President   Home       Men        6.00        Borough Match

21           July                         Croydon MO         Away      Men        6.00        RSB league

22           July                         Carshalton BC       Away      Ladies     2.30        C/D League

23           July                         SCWBA 2wood     Home      Ladies     10           SCWBA

23           July                         Bingo Night                                           7.00        Social Event         

24           July                         Old Coulsdon        Home      Men        2.30        RSB League

25           July                         Surrey BA              Home      Men        9.30        Surrey County

26           July                         Warlingham          H/A         Mixed     2.30        Villamoura League

27           July                         4s League               Home      Mixed     2.30        Fours League

28           July                         South Norwood    Home Men            2.30        RSB league

31           July                         Godstone               Away      Ladies     2.30        Friendly

31           July                         Purley Bury           Away      Men        2.30        East Surrey League

31           July                         SCBA Under 25                     u25’s      10           Surrey County

Social Update

Following the government’s update on the “Path to Freedom”, we have had to review the functions we are proposing over the next few weeks. None of our social events have been cancelled, but some adjustments have been made.

The updates are as follows

25th June         Welcome back Cream Tea and Prosecco 2.00 pm £14.00 pp
There are still a few spaces left and all those who have already booked will be receiving their invitations shortly. We are able to continue with this event as we already have covid safe restrictions in the restaurant.

 27th June        Club Open day, once again, because we are practising covid-safe regulations we are able to continue. However, the bazaar will be held outside. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

2nd July           Maggie’s 70’s Quiz & Pub Meal.  £10.00 pp – 10 teams have entered, which is the maximum number we can hold. To allow for social distancing the event will now be held in both the bar and restaurant with 10 tables of 6 being set up. All team captains will be receiving a confirmation shortly.

Sorry – fully booked now, only waiting list available – speak to Alan or Yvonne.

4th July            Sunday Lunch,
Menu:  Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrot and swede mash, peas.
sultana sponge and custard

We have 34 bookings at the moment, all will be contacted shortly,

Some spaces still available – see Alan/Yvonne

9th July            Beetle drive and buffet lunch £7.50 pp, 12.30 pm in the restaurant – book with Alan/Yvonne

16th July          Prosecco with cream tea – 2.00pm £14.00 pp – book with Alan/Yvonne

18th July          Sunday Lunch
Menu:  Roast pork, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, roast parsnips,

cauliflower cheese, green beans
apple crumble & custard

23th July          Bingo with John Hilton plus ploughman’s supper £15.00 pp 7.00 pm

 2nd August     Games afternoon

13th August      Lee Riversand his band – register your interest now!!

SOCIAL CALENDAR going forward t0 2022

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

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

23rd July 2021

7.00 for 7.30 PM



Book with Alan 0777 2022 156


£15 (includes play and supper)

Hi all,

Please find attached information and application form for our first trip to the West End in 2022, which I would be pleased if you return to me ASAP. Places are limited!  What a way to start 2022. Look forward to hearing from you. Regards John

IT’S 2022 SO LET’S GO!!

We have been in lockdown far too long. So now is the time to have something to look forward to starting with a spectacular night out! What a way to start 2022!

I have been able to obtain a limited number of top tickets for the award winning musical (3 “Olivier” and 6 “What’s on Stage” awards) “& Juliet.”  This all singing all dancing musical with amazing costumes will blow you away! With many great songs including “Baby One More Time,” “Young Hearts Run Free”, “Since U Been Gone,” “One More Try.” Loosely based on “Romeo & Juliet” it has all the ingredients of what life is all about.

Showing at the Shaftesbury Theatre, 210, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP on Wednesday 12th January 2022. We leave the club at 5.15pm in good time for the 7.30pm performance. The nearest main line station is Charing Cross and the nearest underground station is Tottenham Court Road. If you miss the coach your tickets will be left at the box office. We have a group booking that means that our top seats will cost £ 56 for members and £ 70 for non-members which includes transport from the club to the theatre and back. On receiving this form please complete it and return it to John Hilton with your cheque.

I look forward to seeing you on another great night out.

PS: Not a member? Join now and save on every theatre trip.  Email Alan Hart for details.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Reply to

John Hilton, via my pigeon hole or 72, Lorne Gardens, Croydon, CR0 7RY

Tel. 020 8654 1067 Email

I would like ……… for “& Juliet” on Wednesday 12th January 2022

I enclose my cheque for ……….£56 or £70 per person payable to Croydon Bowling & Sports Club Ltd.

Your name (s) Block capitals………………………………………………………………………………..


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