Clubs meet in Jubilee challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:18 01 June 2012

Gidea Park Bowls Club are celebrating their centenary season

Gidea Park Bowls Club are celebrating their centenary season


Bowls club take on cricket neighbours

As part of its centenary celebrations, Gidea Park Bowling Club has challenged its neighbour Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club to a special Jubilee match on Tuesday.

The two clubs will meet in double-header bowls/cricket contest over limited overs/ends, with play getting underway at 3 pm on June 5 – HM The Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday.

The match will comprise 12-overs of cricket and 20-ends of bowls,to mark the 2012 centenary of Gidea Park Bowling Club this year.

Andy Jenner, secretary of the cricket club, said: “We are delighted to be part of the bowling club’s 100th anniversary celebrations and it’s a great idea to play a 20:12 bowls/cricket match on the day Her Majesty celebrates her 60th year on the throne.”

Bowls club captain for the day Stewart Goodwin added: “The idea of a bowls/cricket double-header was the brainchild of one of the ladies on our 2012 Centenary Committee.

“It seems like the perfect way to remind us bowlers of how fit we used to be, whilst opening the door to local cricketers who may wish to take up bowls in the future.”

Among the local VIPs making up the bowling club’s squad are former Mayor of Havering Cllr Melvyn Wallace, Jeremy West of club sponsors West & Coe, and Mike Palfreman, CEO of Haven House Children’s Charity who, along with the Alzheimer Society, will benefit from the monies raised during the bowling club’s centenary season.

In addition, the club has organised a series of VIP club matches: it will visit the Royal Household at Windsor Castle on Saturday, June 30 and play the Chelsea Pensioners at Gidea Park on Wednesday, July 18 before meeting a representative side from Bowls England on September 21.

The club is currently receiving sponsorship from selected local companies including West & Coe, The Ship pub in Main Road and T A Newman & Sons, funeral directors.

One of its members’, Prof David Edwards (a local author), has written a history of the club entitled Gidea Park Bowling Club 1912-2012: The First One Hundred Years, which was published in May.

The club is also holding local School Open Days to attract future bowlers and build on local community links.

Pupils from Frances Bardsley and Marshall’s Park School will receive bowls coaching in June and July.

Throughout its centenary year the club is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and the Haven House Children’s Charity.

For further information please contact Stewart Goodwin on 07733 061949, or email:

You can also visit the club’s website at

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