Shefford Bowls Club Bedfordshire
(Affiliated to the Bowls England and Bowls Bedfordshire.)

History of the formation of Shefford Bowls Club

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Bowls green 1966In 1964 a general meeting was call at the Shefford Town Memorial Association (STMA) with a view to forming a bowls club in Shefford. The meeting was well attended and from it a steering committee was formed with their main objection to raise money for the project.
The STMA agreed to allow land to be used for a bowling green.
A few meeting were held, and after a while many of the original members fell by the wayside. A new bowls committee was formed with Mr. J R Ford as President and Mr F A G Brunt as Chairman.
A Beds Executive member, Len Davidge, was invited to give advice.
Raising the money was the biggest problem, and a working committee was formed to canvass Shefford for donations, in all £78 was raised this being the amount that Shefford Bowls Club started with.
Mr. Alf Taylor and Mr. Bob Johns (STMA Officials) secured a grant of £500 from the Playing Fields Association. Various fund raising events were run until enough money was raised to start the project.
The then Barclay’s manager (John Bird) thought it was ridiculous to start a project of this size with so little money.
En Tou Cas of Leicester laid the green using “Hill side turf” that being the best the budget would allow. It gave a few problems but patience and hard work by members have over come these and we now have a bowling green and facilities to be proud of.
Probably the most unique event of the club, is that in 1988 the club provided Bedfordshire Bowling Association with both Men’s and Ladies Presidents these being John and Brenda Ford.
Over the years improvements and additional facilities have been made to the green most if not all of the work being carried out by members of the club.