100th Anniversary Celebration Match v The Friends of English Bowling

Saturday 17th July 2021


On a very hot sunny day, Long Crendon Bowls Club welcomed The Friends of English Bowling to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bowls Club.


The Friends team came from far and wide, spread over 9 counties, with the day being enjoyed by all who attended.


The day started with a team photo and 'Spider', followed by the match itself, which was played in a competitve but very friendly spirit, with Long Crendon winning overall by 109-82 shots, thanks mainly to a score of 26-3 on one rink.


We enjoyed a lovely meal after the game, provided by Jo, Amanda and Pauline, followed by ice creams for dessert, which were perfect for the day and greatly appreciated by everyone.


Long Crendon were also presented with a plaque by The Friends Captain Cyndy Lee after the meal, to mark the day.


Appreciation goes to all of those who helped prepare the Green, the surrounds and those that helped out on the day to show Long Crendon Bowls Club at its best.


We also received numerous compliments on our newly refurbished Clubhouse from the Friends team, which was great to hear following the hard work and dedication of a small group of loyal members to bring it all together.


The Team Photo



Investigating the Spider result


The Captains of the Day - Cyndy and Alan


Presentation of the Plaque


The Highest Winning Rink - Sandy, Kevin and Mick


The Catering Team - Jo, Amanda and Pauline


The pre-match bar men - Tony and Derek



Bowlers and Villagers alike have now got a vastly improved Clubhouse at the bowls club, thanks to a £50k grant from FCC Communities Foundation.
The money has been used to improve the whole of the interior of the Clubhouse and now provides a large function room for bowls activities. It is also available for hire by local groups.
With central heating installed as part of the refurbishment, we are able to use the Clubhouse throughout the year, enabling short mat bowls to be played at the Club for the first time during the winter months.
Frank Ashurst, Manager of the Long Crendon Centennial Project believes the improved facility will make a huge difference to the village community. He says, “This project provides a real boost to the club which celebrates its centenary this year. It will benefit local community groups in the Long Crendon area which need to hire a large function room. It is fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we are really looking forward to fully using our beautiful Clubhouse over the next few months whilst we celebrate our centennial year”.
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation’s local grant manager says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bowls Club to improve a much-loved facility for the local community. The improvements would not have taken place without the help of volunteers who are carrying out key pieces of work”
The Clubhouse was originally part of the old Long Crendon School but was taken over by LCBC in 1985 and a number of bowlers remember going to school there before it was closed down.

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