THE Laurels Club in Colley Gate, Cradley, plans to mark the centenary of its bowling green with a knock-out competition on Saturday, 29th June.
The club, originally Cradley Conservative Club, first opened in 1912, and the bowling green was established on 28th June, the following year. The club changed its name to the Laurels around seven years ago, after the original name of the club house.
On Mondays the club plays in the Brierley Hill and Kingswinford League; on Tuedays it is the turn of the ladies’ league; Wednesday afternoons see the seniors take to the green; and on Thursday evenings the full team plays in the Dudley League. The club also had a team in the Lye League until it disbanded two years ago.
The Bugle went along to a recent Wednesday afternoon session of the senior bowlers.
In the picture, from left to right are, Glyn Moreton, Cedric Walters, Maurice Walker, Joe Siddaway, Ken Attwood and Ken Smith.
Pavilion Bowling secretary Cedric Walters has provided us with an earlier photograph of the bowling pavilion, which was built in 1984 with money raised by club members and a donation by Joe Grove in memory of his late wife. Their daugter Edith Jasper is a member of the current ladies' team.
In this picture the man by the steps is Jack Hughes, then we have Tony Portman, an unknown man, then Linda Portman, Hilary Henderson, an unknown lady and Bill Henderson, then Winnie Foxall and Mary Toombs. Next is Mike Southwick and Derek Stevens. The lady making a fuss of the dog is Ann Robinson, who is now captain of the Tuesday ladies’ team and the Thursday team. The man on the green is James Moreton, whose son Glyn now plays for the Monday team and is captain of the seniors.
All of the above are still playing for the club and have been loyal members for many years.
Over the years there have been improvements to the green, as can be seen in the two pictures, and today it is maintained by Chris Bennett. However, there are still a lot of jobs to be done and the Laurels bowlers are looking to local businesses or individuals for sponsorship. The club are also looking for new members to join their bowling teams.
Contact The Laurels, 100 Windmill Hill, Colley Gate, B63 2BY, 0121 602 1812, or email firstname.lastname@example.org