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Bugbrooke Bowls Club

History

During the summer of 1989 a few unsuspecting regulars at the Five Bells pub were surprised to be asked by the landlord, Polly Perkins, if anyone fancied a game of bowls. After the laughter died down it was explained that a team competing in the Delapre Bowls League were short of players so eventually a few agreed to give it a try. More people then got involved and one, Graham Brittain, decided to put an article in the village magazine inviting anyone interested in bowling to attend a meeting at the Bakers Arms. At the meeting on 13th November 1989 which 30 people attended Bugbrooke Bowls Club was formed.

At the time Bugbrooke Playing Field Association was formulating a proposal to build a community centre and agreed to include the construction of a bowling green in the plan. In the meantime club membership grew and friendly matches were played against local bowls clubs using Far Cotton public green as our home venue and the nearby working mens club for after match refreshments. A team was entered into the Delapre League and some members took part in a short mat league during the winter months. As experience was gained the standard of bowls improved and the club won the Delapre League on 5 occasions. The reputation of the club within the county was growing but we were still nomads without our own green.

The B.P.F.A. plan had stumbled due to funding and access issues but the problems were solved in 1994 with the advent of the National Lottery. A large grant was obtained from the Lottery Sports Council and South Northants Council also provided a grant and a new road access. The B.P.F.A. sold plots of land and the bowls club contributed funds raised by a weekly meat raffle at the Bakers Arms. The project finally got underway and the bowls green was laid by October 1995. Sadly, the next year the green was not fit for the purpose and there followed protracted negotiations with the contractor until agreement was reached. The bowling green finally opened for play in 1998 and has improved every year consistently scoring highly in the county wide grading scheme.