When the bowls season finishes the clubhouse can be shut down for the winter (October-April) or, as we choose to do, we organize various social events that help the members to keep in touch with each other and keeps the clubhouse in use.
We have regular club nights, bridge events, coffee mornings, quiz nights, darts league, theatre club trips, short mat bowls and indoor bowls matches.
We welcome social members who do not wish to play bowls but who would to like to join us in our social events, or who would just want to come and watch bowls on a fine summers’ evening and quench their thirst.
Various Social Activities
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Tuesday evenings during the winter a small band of “highly trained athletes” travel around the Croydon area competing in The Bowlers Dart League, a league formed of nine local bowling clubs.
We play each other on a home and away basis between October and April, and as well as playing League Matches, there are also competitions for men’s and ladies singles, ladies & open pairs, fours, and two eight’s competitions, followed at the end of each season by a Presentation Dinner and Dance.
It is true to say that there is perhaps more enthusiasm than skill, but occasionally someone throws darts just like you see on television, but it is only occasionally. We aim to have fun and you can be rest assured that we certainly do that.
Every second Tuesday during the winter we hold a Coffee Morning from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm, where a very friendly informal gathering of members take the opportunity to catch up and chat. Tea, coffee and biscuits are plentiful, with the morning finishing with a well supported raffle. This has become a very popular social event especially for those of our members who find it difficult venturing out on the cold dark nights of winter.
During the winter months on the last Friday of every month (except December) a quiz night is held in the clubhouse. Many of our friends from the tennis and croquet attend and we often have over 60 competing. All are invited and we try and set the level of the quiz to satisfy all abilities. There are five different quiz masters, who each entertain us with their own particular brand of quiz, to ensure that their evenings go with ‘a bang’. Our aim is to have teams of four and we charge a nominal fee. The winning team takes all. We also try to arrange some sort of catering for the last quiz of the winter season in March.
Chicago Bridge drives are held throughout the winter on a Saturday evening (October/April), the time is 6.30 pm for a 6.45 pm start and we finish about 10.30 pm Tea/Coffee and biscuits are served halfway through the evening. A raffle is held and there are prizes for the teams who are 1st 2nd and 3rd, a Slam Prize and Booby Prize. The cost is £2.50 per player and non-members are always welcome
Short Mat Bowls
Our clubhouse has enough room for two short mats. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons during the winter season (October to April) a number of enthusiastic short mat bowlers gather to enjoy a very sociable game, with just a hint of competition as there is a trophy at the end of the season for the player with the best aggregate score. These sessions always break for tea and biscuits half way through the game, when everybody enjoys a good old chinwag. We do not play matches against other clubs yet, but an internal league is run on Friday mornings, which is popular with those members who wish to play a slightly more serious game.
Indoor Bowls Matches
These originated when Croydon MOs Bowling Club asked if we would be willing to share some of their indoor fixtures, as they were struggling to put out a full six rinks, In 1995 we played our first full season of indoor matches sharing fixtures with Croydon MOs. At present we now play 20 indoor matches in a season with players from Purley Bury. Unlike our first few seasons playing indoor matches where we lost most of our matches heavily, we now win our fair share and our defeats are nowhere near as heavy.
We also play in the Colin Hibbs and Spitfire league, these leagues are organized and played at the Donyngs Indoor Bowling Club in Reigate. There are up to 18 outdoor clubs involved; you play either Saturday or Sunday in the 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm session. We try and give as many members the opportunity to play regardless of experience; these games are becoming ever more popular.