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200 Years

200th Anniversary of Friary Bowling Club

2020 is the bi-centennial of the Friary Bowling Club, and for many months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and sent us all into lockdown, we had been planning a number of special events.  These included an Anniversary Tournament for which a number of local clubs had been invited to enter teams, and a Celebration Match against a team representing Bowls England.  We had hoped these events would spark local interest and generate publicity for the club.

However, the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic mean that the Celebration Match will not take place this year;  it may be possible to re-arrange it for 2021 but that is by no means certain as it depends on Bowls England's other commitments for next year.  Although the green has now re-opened for play, we can only play in quite a restricted way, and it is not practicable at present to hold the Anniversary Tournament.  This has therefore been postponed to a future date to be decided when restrictions have eased sufficiently.

To mark this important anniversary, we have been able to publish a booklet telling the story of the club over its 200 year history.  Sadly, the booklet is now sold out.

We are also producing a photo display for the clubhouse when it reopens.  In the meantime, some of the photos from the archives are displayed below.  The originals of the photographs shown here can be viewed at the Hampshire Records Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8TH, Tel: 01962 846154, email:, website:


Friary Bowling Club 200 Years

Winchester:  The Friary Bowling Club; group portrait of members, 1867.  Left to right: John Spurrier Parmiter, Postmaster; George Barnes, Brewer; William Coles, City Surveyor and Builder/Architect of Market House; William Budden, Alderman and three times Mayor; Thomas Stopher senior., County Surveyor; Johny Waterman, Park Merchant; JS Morris (with callipers) , Auctioneer; Henry Rawlinson, Draper; Charley Coles, brother of William; Henry Brown, Painter; Mr Watts. Landlord of the Crown Inn, Kingsgate Street; Tom Whiotek, Bishop’s Apparitor.

Winchester: The Friary Bowling Club; group portrait C1900 Winchester: The Friary Bowling Club; group portrait C1900
Winchester: The Friary Bowling Club; portrait of E W Ward, President 1908 & 1917 Winchester: The Friary Bowling Club; portrait of E W Ward, President 1908 & 1917
Friary Bowling Club 200 Years

Winchester; The Friary Ladies Bowling Club; group portrait at the First Dinner in 1949 (in no order Mrs L W Joyce, Mrs H T Heather (captain), Mrs N J Bower (Honorary Treasurer), Mrs J Gordon Watson (Chairman [sic]), Mrs A Kerrigan (Honorary Secretary), Miss E M Hillier, Mrs B Drury, Mrs W C Wedge, Mrs G Wiltshire, Mrs C Y Pinnock, Mrs W Hutchings, Mrs W Lanthorn, Mrs R Chisnell, Mrs B J Dunmill, Mrs Cookman, Mrs A T Edmonds, Mrs P Taylor, Mrs H N Collins, Mrs R Blake, Mrs J Barter).