Rose Hill Mens Bowls Club - History

Early History 1933/4

On Friday 31 March 1933 28 people attended the Adult School in Sutton and commenced proceedings to form the Rose Hill Mens Bowling Club.

Councillors Dennis and Coleman explained that the green fees would be 25 shillings (£1.25p) per season which included the use of woods. Rinks would be charged at 4 shillings per hour for 8 players. Proper bowling shoes were to be worn and could be hired at 2d (2 old pence) per pair. Lockers would be available at 2 shillings per season.

The Rose Hill Bowling Club was now formed.

The first committee comprised of the following:

President: Councillor Cecil Coleman Vice President: Councillor Dennis
Vice President: Councillor Crossland Vice President: N. Bolton Esq.
Secretary: H Mabey Treasurer: W Parkin

General Committee:

T E Wheeler A J Hislop N B Day A H Jenkinson
N J Walker S F Fitch E H Cotterill  

Club rules were agreed on 11 April 1933.

Membership was 41 on 6 May 1933 and 61 by 13 September 1933.

AGM took place at the Adult school on 13 October 1933.

The mens handicap was increased from 15 ends to 21 and had a fee of 1 shilling per player.

25 May 1934 membership was 87 men.

During 1934 the first fixture was made with Worthing Bowling Club.

The ladies club was formed and they challenged the men for the Randolph Cup.

There is a lot more information available in respect of the committee meetings over the next 20 years to 1964 after that the records were not kept in book form and may be incomplete.

Committee minutes/AGM 1933 pdf - Committee minutes/AGM 1934 pdf