Club History

Since its formation in November 1936 East Grinstead Bowling Club has been a permanent member of the town’s local sporting scene. Our club is very proud of its past history, but now see our growing reputation of being ‘a very friendly club’ as an all-important element of the future.

Back in 1936 there was another club who played their matches at West Street in East Grinstead. Also there was the town’s British Legion bowls club, however this was disbanded, and so several Legion members together with other bowls enthusiasts decided to form a new club using the superb six-rink facility at Mount Noddy.

This new club called itself Mount Noddy (EG) Bowling Club to differentiate themselves from the existing West Street club. Things went very well and by time the new bowls season started in May 1937 the lease for the six rinks had been obtained and a full fixture list was in place, with the name changed to East Grinstead (Mount Noddy) Bowling Club.

In 1950 the other club in West Street closed and another name change saw the (Mount Noddy) element dropped and East Grinstead Bowling Club was adopted and remains the town’s club to the current day.

In 1965, a new clubhouse was opened, which was used until the present clubhouse was constructed.

The photograph below was taken at the opening of clubhouse in 1965

1965-05-02 opening of new clubhouse

In 1972, The East Grinstead Bowling Club played against The Sussex County Executive on 5th July.

The photograph below records the event.

1972-07-05 History - East Grinstead Bowling Club -v- Sussex County Executive

Below is a picture of the opening drive at The East Grinstead Bowling Club in the Spring of 1986

1986 Opening Drive of the East Grinstead Bowling Club

Today the club enjoys a full fixture list, warmly welcoming new bowlers, not only those who are experienced, also anyone who would like to take up the sport for the first time. We are a mixed club playing in the Mid Sussex County league, and enjoy playing friendly matches with other clubs. There are plenty of internal club completions and regular informal ‘roll-ups’.

If you would like to join us please check out contacts page. We would love to see you, and we are sure you will enjoy bowling with us!

Below are record boards on display in the clubhouse.

Record Board from 1960

 

 

Record Board from 1980