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Centenary Officers

Standing:

Men's Vice-Captain: Geoff Cooke, Chairman: Philip Flower,

Men's Captain: Barry Wilson, Treasurer: Stuart Martin,

President: Bryan Perry

Seated:

Ladies' Vice- Captain: June Payne, Fixture Secretary: Maureen Hendy,

Secretary: Janice Windon, Ladies' Captain: Barbara Brown

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Centenary Tree

President Bryan Perry unveils the centenary tree plaque

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Message from Woburn Sands Bowls Club Centenary Committee

Your Centenary committee have been working hard to make next year a very memorable year for us all.

The opening game of the season will be a Centenary game on 9th April 2022 with the planting of our Centenary tree. All members will be presented with a commemorative Centenary badge.

We have invited Bowls England and a Bucks County team to play against us  ( dates to be confirmed).

A Presidents Centenary Day is being organised playing against a variety of local clubs.

There will be a friendly social game inviting local officials, sponsors, business people and celebrities. We are hoping the Woburn Sands Band will attend and of course the usual buffet. Provisional  date 10th June.

Gala week – starts  6th August- American Tournament, Spoon Drive, culminating in a Fun day and BBQ  on 13th August

A Centenary drawn mixed fours competition will take place. Again dates will be confirmed and you will be able to sign up if you can make the date

We are organising a Centenary Two Wood Triples league to take place on a Friday evening or Sunday morning.

All our opposite numbers in friendly games will be given  a commemorative small gift and all our opponents a commemorative glass plaque.

Our season will culminate in a Presentation Evening Dinner Dance at the Holiday Inn on Thursday 10th November. Details and tickets later.

There will be a variety of Centenary clothing available.

Woburn Sands Bowls Club.  Circa 1935

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I Burley, Normon, Partridge, Wakefield, Hunk,Wagstaff, Hooper, Hawkins, Neville

J McMurtrie, Jackson, Wooding, Deacon, Mould, Whitbread, Barker, Brester, Grace, Dunkley

Collins, Sykes, Purser, Holmes, Bathhurst, Day, Toogood, Austin

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The Swan Bowls Club was formed in 1912 with membership cost at 2s 6d (12 ½ p). Our club was affiliated to the social club and played the Swan regularly. There is no record of when the Swan club closed down but it is assumed that many of the members joined us. Pictured is the Rev'd Douglas William Henry who was the vicar of St Michael's from 1901 to 1913. Image: Paul Cox

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Aspley Guise Bowling Club behind The Aspley Hall. In 1923 there were about 30 members allowed to join our Club at an annual membership fee of 3s 6d.In 1948 Aspley Guise was wound down. The members wanted the club funds of £164 4s 10d to fund a new Bowls Club in Aspley Guise or for the benefit of the parish of Aspley Guise. Image: Paul Cox.

CLUB HISTORY

The Woburn Sands Social Club committee met and vote on 21st April 1922 to form a Bowls Section. A new committee comprising of  Rev. Gueritz, Messrs Bathurst (Chairman), Toogood, Howe, Sykes, Hanson (Sec.), Dudley and Pratt, drew up the club rules. The labour for the green cost £16 and annual rent was £3 10s. Annual membership fee was 3/6 (£10 with inflation in today's money) for members of the social club and 6s for non-members. Visitors paid 6d for each morning, afternoon or evening. All members paid 1d for each game of 11 ends. The official opening on 14th May was celebrated by having tea at 4.30pm at a cost of  9d per person. The Captain & Vice-Captain selected the teams and Mrs Holmes opened the green by throwing the first jack. In May 1922 the committee agreed to allow croquet to be played on a section of the 4 rink green not used by bowlers, provided there was a minimum of 20 croquet players.

In 1922 the new formed club played against many local clubs with two games against Aspley Guise Bowls Club, the first on 10th July. Members living in the High Street & Station Road played against  members from Aspley Guise & Wavendon. The winning rinks were chosen to play Aspley Guise on Weds. evening 12th July played at home and Woburn Sands won by 7 shots. The return game was played on the lawn of The Old House in the Avenue, Aspley Guise. Woburn Sands won by 10 shots. In subsequent years the Club played against the Swan Hotel Bowls Club and against Woburn Bowls Club which has long gone.

 

A male only club, in 1924 there were 41 members & 3 non-members. There was a small club house next to the green but refreshments were taken in the Social Club bar. For many years there was also an indoor rink in the old wooden Social Club building (now demolished). In the 1950s the green was extended to 6 rinks. In 1958 a ladies' section was formed. This existed as a separate section with the ladies allowed to use the green only in the afternoon until the mid 70s.The club became a fully integrated mixed club in 1999.

Players in a game against Aspley Guise played on 7th July 1926 were: Purser, Whitbread, Jackson, Day, Giles, W. Checkley, Rev. Gueritz, Sibley, Collins, Neville, Wooding, Sykes, H Checkley, Boon, Cooke, West. Woburn Sands won by 42 shots.

Also in 1958 a brick pavilion was built giving the club a small function room and bar but no kitchen with after match refreshments having to be brought in on trays. The biggest change to the facilities came in 2001 when a substantial donation from the landlord, Mr Philip Menday, helped to obtain a lottery grant. This enabled the pavilion to be extended to include a larger club room, changing rooms, kitchen, toilets and bar. At the same time the banks to the green were improved and a sprinkler system installed.

Up to 2015 the club premises were at the back of the High Street in Woburn Sands, and then moved to our improved facilities in Aspley Guise. For more recent history visit the home page .