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HADDENHAM BOWLS CLUB
A BRIEF HISTORY
We are situated down a small lane, off Church Lane behind the Vicarage. From the Green we look across the valley to Sutton, and on a good day the brickwork chimneys at Whittlesey, and the wind turbine at March are visible. On a bad day the winds from Siberia can be felt. We have around thirty-
We were established in August 1912 when forty square yards of the Vicarage Paddock was loaned to the club by the vicar. The first official meeting was held on 19th August 1912 in the Church Hall. The first officers were President -
The first ever game was a tournament against Bluntisham on 18th April 1914. According to the balance sheet for 1914/15 we had twenty five members. Mr Barker was the first captain to be followed in 1916 by Mr Robinson. Until 1925 an old tram car was used as the pavilion. In 1930 we purchased the Green from the Church Commissioners for £35 plus expenses and a loan of £40 was obtained from Barclays Bank. By 1934 water was laid on with members digging the trench and Mr Starkey providing the pipes. In 1937 we agreed that ladies could become members. A decision that had been deferred from 1913 !! Play continued during the Second World War but it is not clear from the records to what degree. In 1953 we were invited by the Coronation Committee to send a member to the ceremony, Mr E. Rolfe was our representative. On our behalf in 1960 Wilf Papworth bought a hut for £60. This was to be our new pavilion and we had the luxury of calor gas lighting. In 1965 the Green was re-
A. Page was a member for 54 years and during that time as well as secretary he also had spells as captain, groundsman and bar steward. H. Collin was also a member from the clubs inception for 50 years serving in several roles and S. Hostler served as club captain for over 30 years. There are many other members and characters over the years who have made great contributions to the club that there is not enough space to name them all. Our main aim is to provide a facility for the village and surrounding areas so that members can enjoy themselves and remember that David Bryant once said
"Bowls is a young person’s sport that old people can play"