Borehamwood Bowls Club
Thursday, 18.07.2019
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1957 -  Borehamwood Men's Bowls Club founded.

1962 -  The Men's Club moved to the newly opened Meadow Park and several of the wives started to come along and "roll up" on the green.


1963 - Ladies Club founded.


During the period Elstree Rural District Council were the local authority the ladies only had one rink, and use of the men's four rinks was only permitted when the men were not using them. In those days men were rarely seen on the green during the afternoons!

1966 - The council workmen burnt the green and it was unusable for the rest of the season, so matches were played at the Finsbury Memorial Sports Ground, Stirling Corner (just off the A1).

During the late 60's and 70's most women members had to rely on buses for transport. If they went to an Association Match, especially to the coast, Watford members would ask to be dropped off first on the way home.
The last direct bus from Watford back to Borehamwood (route 306) was at 9.20 pm and they often just missed it.  The ladies would then have to catch a bus from Watford to Bushey, walk to Elstree and wait for another bus to Borehamwood. This happened so many times they had to stop entering long distance matches until there were ladies available with cars.

1974 - Hertsmere local authority was formed and they stipulated the green must be used equally between the two clubs.


1993 - The Ladies Club formally joined the Men's Club, partially at the insistence of Hertsmere but also for financial reasons.

1996 - The new Pavilion was opened on 24th August by Councillor John Nolan, then Mayor of Hertsmere.  It is one of the best facilities of its kind in the county.

2005 - Borehamwood Bowls Club member Arthur Moseley was president of the Watford & District Bowling Association.


2006 - Arthur Moseley was president of Hertfordshire County Bowls Association.


2007  - We celebrated our Golden Jubilee.


2012 - Our committee registered the club as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) with HM Revenue & Customs.


2015 - We hosted a family fun day on Saturday 5th September which raised £1800 for the British Heart Foundation which was sponsored by Sainsbury's.  Our team came second in the Watford and District Bowling Association Friday Night League, Zone 2.


2017 - We celebrated our 60th Anniversary.  On Saturday 12th August we held a new internal competition for the "Diamond Jubilee Plate".  It was won by Dave Middleditch, Richard Sheldon and Ricky Howard.  In the evening club members and their invited guests enjoyed a BBQ and live entertainment.


2018 - A bleak year for our 61 year old club.  Hertsmere Borough Council announce plans to evict us on 31st December 2018 from Meadow Park after 61 years, and relocate us to a new 4-rink artificial facility in Aberford Park.  However, this was decided for us by the council, with no prior consultation or warning.  We only found out via a Facebook posting in late 2017 and by then it was clearly a "done deal".  We will have no facilities at Aberford Park, so it is unclear how the club can function, let alone survive.


2019 - 18th February.  At a meeting with 14 club members present, it was unanimously voted that the club should close with immediate effect.   It had proved impossible to form a stable committee from those who were still interested to take the club forwards, and Hertsmere BC had not been forthcoming with a workable, practical or affordable way whereby we could make use of the Aberford Park artificial bowls green.


Club Badge



The hart, or stag, is derived from Hertford, or the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse) but what about the tree?  The club has close associations with Radlett Bowls Club where it is said there were three oak trees in the area and now only one remains.  Could ours be one of the missing trees?


Or could it simply be reference to "wood" in the town's name?