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Some Interesting Facts & Quotes from our History 1912 - 1991
1912 - November the club was in debt and five members, who didn’t like the situation, paid 10/- each to pay it off.
1922 - New Green considered ‘highly regarded’.
1947 - Ladies agree to change to Navy Blazers to match the men.
1950 - First recorded match Men v Women was a Triples match.
1958 - A comment in the records also record - On 3rd September 'Game abandoned - JUPITER PLUVIUS INTERVENED'.
1964 - The club obtained a valuation of their lands for development. The total site area of 1.43 acres was worth £20.000.
1974 - Running hot water was installed in the club to satisfy the local health inspector, although many members did not think it was necessary. Once installed, it was considered a boon in the kitchen and the men asked if they could have hot water.
1980 - The ladies’ finals days were separate from the men’s and usually took place on the last Thursday in August.
1988 - Neighbours complained of rowdy behaviour, like a football crowd. Just imagine how they were enjoying themselves!
1989 - A more efficient vacuum cleaner bought!
1991 - A contractor was advised of members dissatisfaction over the fact that the specification for the green was not being strictly adhered to, and this was put to him, in a firm but friendly manner.
More facts later
World Bowls Championships - Men (scroll down for Ladies)
In 1966 the Championships were in held at Kyeemagh, , , from 10th –23rd October.
Tom Brown (Woking Park) represented England in the Triples & Fours. In the Triples he played 2 & played in 7 matches, won 5 & lost 2. The Triple came 5th.
In the Fours he played 2 & played in 7 games, won 4, drew 2 & lost 1. The Fours came 8th.
The W M Leonard Trophy was won by Australia with England 3rd. (the scoring for the overall team title was four points for the winner of an event, three points for the runner-up, two points for third place and one point for fourth place).
Tom won the Surrey Singles in 1956 & 1958. He was an England International in 1964, 1965 & 1966.
In 1988 the Championships were held in Henderson Auckland Australia from 30th January to 14th February.
Wynne Richards (Mid Surrey) represented England in the Triples & Fours. He played 2 in both the Triples & Fours. The Triples played 11 games, won 9 & lost 2. They won the Bronze medal beating Papua New Guinea 19 – 14. New Zealand won the Gold by beating Scotland 18 – 15.
In the Fours they played 12 games, won 10, Drew 1 & Lost 1. England beat Wales to win the Bronze Medal. Ireland beat New Zealand to win the Gold Medal.
England won the W M Leonard Trophy.
Wynne won the Surrey Singles on 5 occasions – 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990 & 2000. Wynne was an England International 1982 – 1975.
British Isles Championships
Kenneth Coulson (Croydon) won the British Isles Singles which was held at Belfast.
Wynne Richards won the British Isles Singles which was held at Worthing.
Charlie Souter (Weybridge) played in the fours. England beat Ireland in the Final 121 – 98. He skipped a rink which won 21 – 11.
Commonwealth Games – Ladies
The Commonwealth Games is an international involving athletes from the . The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then. (however, there were no games between 1934 & 1946 due to the onset of World War II). The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974.
In 1930 women only competed in Aquatic Events. In 1934 Women’s Athletics began. 1992 saw the first Women’s Bowls event – only the Triples.
It was not until 2014 that the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours took place. This year also saw Para Sports included.
1986 Mrs Jean Valls (Raynes Park) represented England in the Pairs. She played 10 games, won 6 & lost 4. She won the Bronze Medal. She played skip. Jean won the Surrey Singles in 1977. The games took part at Balgreen Bowls Club in , 24th July and 2nd August.
World Bowls Championships
These World Championships were held at Victoria Bowls Club in , , from 3rd –18th December.
Mrs P Derrick (Magdalen Park) represented England in the Pairs & won the Silver Medal. She played skip.
She played 7 games, won 6 & lost 1. She also won the Surrey Singles in 1968, 1972 & 1979.
British Isles Championships
1981 Singles Winner – Mrs P Derrick (Magdalen Park) played in Edinburgh
1984 Singles winner – Mrs J Valls (Raynes Park) played in Leamington Spa
1995 Triples Winners – Winter, P Garden, D Hankin played at Portrush
2017 Fours Winners – D Hankin, Mrs G Dexter, Mrs N Beales, Mrs P Clark
Epsom, New Zealand
Epsom is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is located in the centre of the Auckland isthmus between Mount Eden and Greenlane south of Newmarket & 5 kilometres south of Auckland Central Business District.
Named after the town in England noted for its horse racing this Epsom also has a race track AND Bowls Club.
Their Club was founded in 1906 & has a long and proud history in the bowling world and the local community. They not only play bowls, but Petanque. They have all weather bowling greens. The Club boasts a membership of 150 & is well known for its friendly atmosphere.
The fees for full members is $180 (approximately £94) & Social Membership $70 (approximately £36).
You can check out more about Epsom Bowling Club, New Zealand - just type 'Epsom Bowling Club New Zealand' in Google.
Commonwealth Games (Empire Games)
You may be interested to know that Surrey have had limited successes in the Commonwealth Games – formerly Empire Games. (Details below).
The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974. Athletes with a disability are also included as full members of their national teams, making the Commonwealth Games as the first fully inclusive international multi-sport event. It is also the world's first multi-sport event which inducts equal number of women’s and men’s medal events and was implemented recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
British Empire Games
We have to go back to 1934 to find the first success for Surrey.
Fred Biggin (1869 – 1968) represented England in the Fours (played Skip). He played 9 matches, won 8 & lost 1. He won the Gold Medal. Fred was an England International 1929 – 1934.
He won the Surrey Singles in 1919 & played at Temple Bowling Club.
England also won the Pairs with Scotland winning the Singles. England won 29 Gold Medals, 20 Silver Medals & 24 Bronze Medals.
The British Empire Games took place at Temple Bowling Club, Surrey on 4th – 11th August.
Surrey have had two other bowlers who have played in the Commonwealth Games.
1982 Alan J Windsor from Woking Park
These games were played at Moorooka B C Brisbane Australia between 30th September & 9th October.
Alan represented England in the Singles and played 12 games, won 7 & lost 5. He came 6th.
Willie Wood (Scotland) won the Singles. Scotland also won the Pairs (John Watson & David Gourlay Snr.) & Australia the Fours.
Alan was an England International 1973 – 75, 1977 – 1988. Alan won the Surrey Singles in 1972 & 1981.
1994 Wynne Richards from Mid Surrey
These games were played at Juan de Fuca B C in Victoria British Columbia Canada between 18th August & 28th August.
Wayne represented England & skipped the Fours. They played 9 games, won 6, drew 1 & lost 2. They came 3rd in section B, but failed to qualify for the final stages. South Africa won the Gold by beating Australia 21 – 18.
Richard Corsie (Scotland) won the Singles & Tony Allcock the Silver.
Wynne was an England International 1982 – 1975. Wynne won the Surrey Singles on 5 occasions – 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990 & 2000.
World Bowls & British Isles successes to come
Our Centenary Year 2009
A huge amount of work was undertaken leading up to our Centenary year in 2009. A Brochure was created, a Centenary metal badge & special Centenary Bowls Stickers obtained. Our match secretary spent a great deal of time arranging special matches.
The President in 2009 was Tony Jackman, Men’s Captain Les Owen & the Ladies’ Captain Anne Hoffmann.
A Gala Day was organised when 40 members dressed up in Period Costume and many Competitions took place. (all photographs can be viewed in ‘Photos’ on the Website). A Commemorative album was also kept throughout the season with team photos taken at every special match. Everyone attending was also asked to sign this album.
Mrs Joan Reynolds donated £1,000 to the Club for a new Competition to be set in memory of former member Geoff Reynolds. This is now the 100-Up Competition.
Here is a brief summary of the 2009 season:-
Epsom Men played 9 specially arranged matches. These were against:- Surrey President, Sutton & District Bowling Association, Bowls England, The Zippers Bowling Association, Surrey Patrons, East Surrey League, London & Southern Counties Bowling Association, London Secretaries & Medway Bowling Association.
Epsom Men won 6 of the 9 matches & lost 3. The best win was against S&DBA 157 – 97.
The Ladies had 2 special matches arranged. These were against Bowls England & Surrey President. They lost both.
In the East Surrey League Epsom Men played 15 matches, won 9, lost 5 & drew 1. The best win was against Dorking 122 – 48. They came 3rd.
In the East Surrey League the Ladies played 8 matches, won 3 & lost 5. The best win was against Godstone 38 – 30.
The Men also played 5 Friendly matches. They won 4 & lost 1. The best win was against Reigate Priory 118 – 65.
The Ladies’ played 20 Friendly matches. They won 12, lost 7 & drew 1. The best win was against Ewell 79 – 35.
In the Chrystie League Epsom played 10 matches, won 5 & lost 5. They came 4th.
In Outside Competitions Epsom Men lost in the Semi Final of the ESL Top 10. Ron Snow, Ron Mew & David Sowdon lost in the Area Final of the Surrey Triples. Graham Pilbrow won the S&DBA Paston Cup for the 6th time.
Maggie O’Sullivan, Eileen Mills & Gill Sperring lost in the Semi Final of the Ladies Surrey Triples.
Full details of all the above information can be viewed on our Website. If you have difficulty finding any information please ask.
Did you know?
In 1987 the Subs for Men were £42 & the Ladies £ 34
In 1991 there were 110 Men members & 38 Lady members
In 2004 Eileen Mills became the first Lady President of Epsom Bowling Club
In 2005 the Epsom Bowling Club Website was launched
In 2006 the Subs for Men & Ladies was £92
In 2008 there were 65 Men members & 40 Lady members
In 2012 Lyz Warren became the first Lady Secretary of Epsom Bowling Club
All the above are extracted from the 'History' pages on this Website. The History goes back to 1909 when the Club was founded.
Please find some time to check out our History.
Individual Successes for Men in Surrey Pairs, Triples & Fours since 2000
Individual Successes for Men in Sutton & District Bowling Association Competitions since 2000
Individual Successes for Ladies in Surrey Pairs, Triples & Fours since 2000
Individual Successes for Men & Ladies in Sutton & District Bowling Association Competitions since 2000