Cowplain Bowling Club

Padnell Road Recreation Ground - Cowplain - PO8 8EH

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CLUB HISTORY - THE EARLY DAYS

 

In the late 1970’s Havant Borough Councillors Jack and Jane Carruthers, successfully lobbied Havant Council to provide a bowling green on Cowplain Recreation Ground. In 1987 the green was finally constructed and laid to settle.

 

During 1988 Bill Hellier, the then Chairman of the Cowplain Activities Centre, was asked to advertise the planned bowling club, and a membership waiting list was compiled. The first one hundred and twenty named formed the primary membership, the remainder being kept on the waiting list until vacancies arose.

An inaugural meeting was held in Cowplain Activity Centre in the winter of 1989, and the first Club committee was formed.  

In April 1989 the green was officially opened by Mr. P Osbourne, the Mayor of Havant, and shortly after became affiliated to Hampshire County and Portsmouth and District Bowling Associations, allowing for members to enter the County and District Competitions and District Leagues.

 

A Portakabin, sited at the eastern end of the green, provided the first Clubhouse and, although functional only provided space for very small gatherings. Then in 1995 with the help and support of Councillors Mrs Curruthers and Joan Rae, a much welcomed new pavilion, costing £140,000 and providing improved facilities, was built.

 

The Club’s 10th Anniversary in 1999 was celebrated with various activities, including an “in-club” competition followed by an American Supper.  

 

 

 

CLUB HISTORY - MORE RECENT

In 2003, Havant Borough Council implemented a policy that resulted in bowling clubs in the Borough becoming self-managed. Cowplain Bowling Club embraced the new system and has been operating independently and successfully since then.

 

 

2014 proved to be a very eventful year with the Club celebrating its 25th Anniversary at various events during the year, culminating with the  Club's Presidents verses Captains match played on Sunday 22nd June, which was followed by a very sociable fish and chip supper.

The Club's ladies had a very successful season, with several travelling to Leamington to take part in the National Finals.

Then at the end of September came the news that, through the magnificent efforts of five Club members dubbed "the bowls carpet action group", the Club had been awarded significant funding towards replacing the grass lawn with an all-weather surface.

The construction with the support of Havant Borough Council, commenced on 16th February and was completed by the end of March 2015. (For full pictoral history, please click on adjacent photo links.

 

2015 proved to be a very exciting and successful year for the Club.

From the Opening Ceremony at the start of the season to being named regional winners of the Bowls England Club of the Year award at the end of the season, it has been a truly spectacular year.

The magnificent success achieved by many of the Club’s members in the external and league competitions  demonstrated how quickly it was possible to make the transition to playing on the new surface whilst still retaining the ability to play well on grass when visiting other Clubs. 

Having been officially opened in 1989, the Club  celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2014. During the previous twenty-five years  many changes have taken place in the Club, and also to the game of bowls.  One attribute, however, remains constant; the warmth and camaraderie of the members which is reflected in the welcome given to new members.

Pictures from the Club's past

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Anniversary Day   Sunday 22nd June 2014

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Weeks One and Two

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Weeks Three and Four

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Weeks Five and Six.

Opening Ceremony 21st April 2015