Most of our current members will not have known Vera. She
was a very well known Lady in Epsom, particularly for Bowls.
She played regularly for Surrey County Bowling Association and
achieved. many successes at Club Level. She was always
immaculately dressed & was hardly ever seen without her bowling
hat. (the hat and skirt length when playing for Surrey was
strictly adhered to).
She worked tirelessly in
the Community and for all the work she did at St Martha on the
Hill Church Guildford. she received Maundy Money from the Queen
at Guildford on Thursday 13th April 2006. (it is interesting
to research Maundy Money on the Internet).
Vera was Chairman of the Ladies’ Section from 1989 to 1994.
She was Captain in 1972 - 1975 & was a Club Vice President.
Vera started work in the Official Solicitor's Department, in
the Strand. After her marriage she left the Law Courts to live
in Epsom. At the time she was a keen tennis player. Her
neighbours played bowls & she took up the game after her
husband, Gordon brought home a set of bowls. Vera started
bowling at Epsom Court. In 1958 she joined Ewell Ladies & she
won the Junior Singles in her first year. She won the
Championship, Handicap & Two Wood Singles in 1962. Vera gained
her Surrey Badge in 1963. In the same year she reached the
quarter finals of the Surrey Fours & in 1965 she reached the
Semi Finals. Vera was responsible for starting up Epsom Court
Ladies B.C. & she joined Epsom Bowling Club in 1966. She won her
first of 8 Championship Singles Title in 1969.
Vera was a keen Indoor Bowler and served as President,
Captain, Secretary and Delegate for Epsom Ladies who played at
the Rainbow Centre. She helped with the setting up of this
Vera designed a commemorative tea cloth for the English
Women's B.A. at the 8th Women's World Bowls Convention held at
Leamington Spa in 1996 & she raised over £30,000 in her time
associated with St Martha on the Hill Church, Guildford.
Vera did not renew her membership in 2013.
Won Championship 1969/1970/1976/1977/1978/1993/2005/2006
Handicap 1972/1976 Two Wood 1993/1999
Pairs 1974/2005 Triples 1994/1998
Runner Up Championship 1972/1973/1989/2001 Two Wood 1992/1996
Two Wood Plate 2007 Pairs 2001/2006 Triples 1991/2005
Sadly Vera passed away on Thursday 18th August 2016.