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The Gaddesden Society Bowls & Croquet Club

Bowls & Croquet Club


I was never going to play bowls – this was an arcane activity for the elderly, so I thought, and definitely not for me. I was firmly in the ‘I don’t like it because I’ve never tried it’ gang. But some years ago the club offered evening taster sessions for WI members and I happened to walk past when they were in progress. I was urged by fellow WI members to have a go and was surprised how much I actually enjoyed it. Soon I was hooked – here was a sport that someone who had never been any good at games at school and who is frankly not that fit could actually do! My plans to represent England in the Commonwealth Games haven’t quite worked out – at about the same time I heard about a competitor at the Glasgow games who had only taken up bowls in her sixties and I reckoned this might be my ticket to Australia. But never mind I have had four years of good fun and friendship as a result.


To encourage more of you to try bowls the club is arranging a number of special events. When you read this our Village Bowls Gala, generously sponsored by the Gaddesden Society, will have taken place – a fun day for teams of non-bowlers of all ages and abilities to ‘have a go’.


If you missed the Gala our Bowls Open Day is on Saturday June 2nd and we will be there to welcome prospective members from 11.00am. Novices and experienced bowlers are equally welcome. All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes and we can provide the rest to get you started, including guidance from our bowling coaches. Tennis shoes or trainers that don’t have deeply grooved soles are perfect footwear but no sandals please – bowls are very heavy and not kind to bare toes! So just turn up at a time to suit you, have a look round at our well-appointed club house in Church Road and see if bowling is for you. We would love to meet you.


Over the summer we also plan more taster sessions. Tea and Bowls afternoons may tempt you. What could be better than a cup of tea, a slice of homemade cake and a gentle go at bowling in the summer sun? We can’t guarantee the sun, but we can guarantee a warm welcome. For the long summer evenings Beer and Bowls sessions are also planned. Look out for details later in the summer.


If you think you would like to try bowls or want to know more about any of these events, get in touch with Anne Isherwood on 842780 or email


Apart from all this, our bowlers are now well into the outdoor season, enjoying sociable roll-ups on Monday and Thursday mornings and coaching sessions on Thursday evenings. We even manage to fit in men’s and ladies’ County League matches, friendly matches against local clubs and our own, hotly contested, Triples League, Tuesday Bash and internal competitions. However often you want to bowl, there is something for you. And of course membership of LGBCC gives you two sports for the price of one.

Anne Isherwood


The croquet season has started despite the wind and rain!

Croquet is an enjoyable game, with all the advantages of playing on a smooth green, with a warm clubhouse with a licensed bar. Do come and find out any Sunday; we start at 10.00am.

Bill Newberry

Croquet Captain

How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283

Emma Thon

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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