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Epping Bowls Club

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The 2019/20 season has started with the green officlally opened by Cllr Ricki Gadsby, Deputy Chair of Council on Saturday 13th April.


Although the weather was 'brisk' a competitive afternoon of bowls was enjoyed by all.


Epping Bowls Club is keen to attract new members for this season April to September 2019.


For anyone interested there will be the opportunity for you to try out bowls. 


The 2 "Come and Try" days are Sunday April 28th and Sunday May 12th between 10:30 and 3:30. You will be welcomed and given some 'coaching' on the day - give it a try. Just wear flat soled trainer type shoes.


The club also kicks off its busy social season when Elvis will be in the building on Friday the 26th April. These events are always very popular and extremely varied.


Epping Bowls Club enjoyed a very special competition on Sunday 5th May. ‘Pete’s Pearler’ celebrated Peter Bates’ pearl anniversary and 30 years as a member of the club.


Twenty-four members turned out for the singles competition run in two groups, each playing two matches of seven ends using three bowls. The final was contested by the winner of each group and bought together Marie Hammond from Cheshunt and Steve Baker from Theydon Bois. In a close match of 11 ends Steve Baker won and received a bottle of champagne.


Peter, who lives in Epping, hosted the event with food and drink and despite the cold weather, it was claimed by all to be an excellent day of bowls.


Peter said “It has been an honour and privilege to have served as a member of Epping bowls club for 30 years. I’ve had the very good fortune to have met and played with lots of lovely people.


Over time I have played with and against some of the best bowlers in Essex. I can say with great conviction that the ancient game of bowls is an excellent way of making lifelong friends, spending time in the open air as well as combating stress and loneliness. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone of any age or gender and it is definitely not just a game for old people.”


Club Captain Ron Perryman said “Thirty years at the same club is exceptional and over the years Peter does so much for us – he is our ‘Jack of all trades’ person. His success as a bowls player in tournaments and matches is testimony to the number of times his name appears on our winners’ boards. Peter is admired by all and is a great mentor”.


 

Who said bowls was only for the old?

Students from Epping St John’s School teamed up with near neighbours Epping Bowls Club for a ‘Come & Try’ 

 

The opportunity to try something new fitted neatly into the school’s plans to offer alternative sports to students at the end of the school year. Tom McGarr, Head of Sport, said: “We were delighted to be invited by Epping Bowls Club earlier this year and this was a ‘first’ for us both.


The staff could see how much the students enjoyed themselves and we are keen to plan regular sessions in the future.”


Men’s Captain Ron Perryman said: “It was a pleasure to entertain Epping St John’s pupils to play bowls. They were enthusiastic and several showed lots of promise in a short space of time. We would like to do it again and hope we can establish something during our season April to September."


See pics at the bottom of the page

 

Epping Bowls Club, Epping Sports Club, Lower Bury Lane, Epping CM16 5HA (opposite Epping St John’s School – back entrance)

 

For more information phone or Email:

Ron Perryman - Mens Captain on 01992 574979

Lorraine Mead - Ladies Captain on 01992 572938

Steve Baker - sgwbaker@btinternet.com


Epping bowls club has been in existence since 1911. There are both Ladies and Gents sections and lots of mixed friendlies throughout the season.

 

The club can be a base for beginners, social members and for those who wish to play in more competitive competitions within the county.

 

Club members are encouraged to play in some of the in-house club competitions with the silverware being presented at our annual dinner leading up to Christmas.

 

There are also several social nights to attend throughout the outdoor season.

 

The club has a reputation for being a warm and welcoming group and we are especially proud of this.

 

Bowls is a social game but like all sports, can have its competitive edge. If you are a beginner, you can take advantage of our coaching sessions and as you progress, you will be exposed to more competitive matches.

 

Whatever the result, you can debate it at length while using our bar and canteen facilities.

 

There are sets of bowls for you to use until you make your mind up which type suits you best. We have an inexpensive dress code which is relaxed after 17:00 for casual roll ups if there is no other official match in progress.

 

The club is run and managed by the committee made up from its members. Everyone though has a part to play in keeping the grounds playable and maintaining the facilities.

 

If you feel you would like to contribute to keeping this wonderful and traditional club alive in Epping, please go to our contacts link above and let us know.

 

We are delighted to announce a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The Club was chosen as one of three local projects to benefit from the scheme which ran throughout November and December. Customers were urged to put blue tokens in boxes supporting local projects, every time they shop.



Now the Club has received £1,000 towards the task of raising funds to replace its cantankerous mowers. Anne Munro, Club Secretary, said “This is a great injection for club funds and we are delighted. Thank you to all who put their tokens in our box. Bowls is a great game for all the family.”

 

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Thanks to Epping Forest District Council  and The Grange Farm Trust.


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