MARCH 2019


Dear Members, 


Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club's March 2019 newsletter. There was a point not so long ago when I began to wonder if this letter would ever appear as I have had loads of problems withTalkTalk's new wonderful all singing all dancing upgrade(NOT). If it ain'tbroke.......

They also managed to mess up my group e-mail lists,names all disappeared so I have had to reconstruct them.So if you hear by word of mouth or other means that this newsletter has gone out, but you have not received it by e-mail, and usually do, please let me know at the address below.

If you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in your newsletter please let me know. I can be contacted at or on 01892 530591.

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If you change your e-mail address and you still want to receive a copy of the newsletters, please let me know so I can update my records.




The AGM was held at The Grove Bowling Club on 8th March 2019. Thanks to all those who attended.

Membership Fees

Membership fees for this year for playing members have been increased by £2.00 respectively, Men £77.00, Ladies £52.00, Junior Members £5.00, Social Members £12.00, (these remain unchanged) and new members will pay half the cost of membership for the first year, £38.50 for Men and £26.00 for the Ladies.


Getting ready for the 2019 Bowling Season  


Volunteers are required on Saturday morning 6th April and Saturday morning 13th April to help prepare the clubhouse and the grounds for the new season. Please make every effort to attend on these dates as the more the merrier and the quicker things will get done. The green should be ready for 'roll ups' from Monday 22nd April, weather permitting. The season also begins on Monday 22nd April 2019 this year.  


Ground Keepers Required  


Now as we all know, our green and surrounding gardens are some of the best around, and the reason for  this is the army of  volunteers who gladly give up their time to ensure it remains in pristine condition. Up until now we have not had to  resort to  outside contractors as they are costly and don't always do a great job, so if you feel you can spare some time on either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings to help with this, please contact Phil Boddy at the club, by phone on 01892 513435 or by e-mail at


Whist Drive, Friday 22nd March 2019  


Entry fee is £2.00 per person which includes a ploughman's supper  


Race Night, 6th April 2019  


Please note this is a date change. It has been brought forward by one week and is now on Saturday 6th April 2019 at 18.30. First race is at 19.00. Tickets are £10.00 per person which includes Fish & Chips.


Congratulations to Ian Vanns.  


Who has passed the International Umpire Exam and is now a fully fledged International umpire. Well done Ian.


Welcome back Peter.  


A warm welcome back from all members of The Grove and Calverley Bowling Clubs to Peter Wraight who has now recovered from a recent operation.







Dear Members,  

First of all may I wish everyone A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019, and I hope you all had a very nice Christmas.


Social Event  

David Easton will be hosting the first social event of 2019 which will be a quiz on Friday 18th January 2019 in the Clubhouse. Please be there at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Hope to see you there and catch up with you all then. It costs £5.00 per person to enter and this includes a ploughman's supper. Anyone interested in taking part, please let Gordon Buries know, so we know how many people to cater for.



This year's AGM will be held at The Grove Bowling Club on Friday 8th March 2019 starting at 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend.  The Agenda will be sent out by the Secretary nearer the time.


Further Social Events for 2019  


Friday 22nd February- Bingo - 7.00pm   Entry fee is £2.00 per person which includes a ploughman's supper  


Saturday 16th March 2019- Royals (Indoors) - 5.30pm  

More names are still needed for the above event. Anyone interested in participating in this, should contact the Club Captain.  


Friday 22nd March 7.0 for 7.30pm

Whist Drive   Entry fee is £2.00 per person which includes a ploughman's supper


Time to say Goodbye

It is with great sadness that we learned that Ted Barham passed away on 28th November 2018. His funeral took place on 19th December 2018. R.I.P.


I anticipate that the next newsletter will be in March 2019 so if you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in the next newsletter please let me know. I can be contacted at or on 01892 530591.





Dear Members,


Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s November newsletter. 

If you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in your newsletter please let me know.  I can be contacted at  or on 01892 530591. The next one will be issued in January 2019.  If anybody has articles or information that you would like included in the next letter please ensure that it is with me by the end of the year at the latest.

Thank You from me. As many of you will know I was the victim of a hacker last month and you received an e-mail purporting to be from John and me stating that we had been robbed and our mobiles had been stolen whilst we were in Belgium and asking for you to send money so we could get home. This e-mail found its way into mostly the trash or spam bins on your computers.  However, quite a few people did actually receive it in their e-mail and I would like to thank those of you who took the time to phone me and let me know. There were a couple of giveaways in the e-mail such as referring to our mobiles as cellphones and the introduction saying Hello Dear, but thank you all the same.

Message from The President and Treasurer of Calverley Bowling Club Terry Pearce would like to thank all those who donated to his chosen charity, Stroke Association.  The total amount raised was £400.  

Kingsbury House Cup 2018 Congratulations to Phil Boddy (Lead), Roger Arnold (2nd) and Brian Grundy (Skip) who on Friday 14th September won the final of the Kingsbury House Cup at Rotherfield bowling club.  They beat the Rotherfield triple of John Manser, Thelma Hacker and Dave Hacker in the final.  Special thanks to the organiser David Burton.

Ditton Open Mixed Fours This competition was played on Thursday 20th September.  A rink of Linda Easton, Roger Arnold, David Easton and Brian Grundy won 2nd prize out of 22 teams.  The Grove rink finished level on 28 points with a rink from Lenham but had to settle for 2nd place as Lenham they had the better shot difference.

Social Events Organiser required Unfortunately there are no social events arranged this Winter as we have nobody do this, but David Easton has volunteered to put together a quiz and the Committee have welcomed this.  I will let you know when this will be as soon as I know. If anybody is interested in taking on the job, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact a member of the committee.

Best wishes and get well soon All members of The Grove & Calverley bowling clubs send their best wishes to Hazel Brown.  Get well soon.

Time to say Goodbye On 13th October 2018 Don Rose (a former Chairman of the Grove) died aged 86. He and his wife Barbara moved to Kidlington in Oxfordshire last August.  His funeral will take place on the 8th November 2018 at Oxford Crematorium.

The Grove Club Dinner and presentations evening This is taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at the Nevill Golf Club, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.                                                 




Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s September 2018 Newsletter. 

If you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in your newsletter please let me know.  I can be contacted at  or on 01892 530591.

Letters are, as you will by now know generally issued on a bi-monthly basis.  The next one is planned for issue in November 2018, but should the need arise, there may be another before then.  If anybody has articles or information that you would like included in the next letter please ensure that it is with me by 25th of October 2018 at the latest.

e-mail addresses If you change your e-mail address and you still want to receive a copy of the newsletters please let me know so I can update my records.

Before we start….

Over the past few months there have been a few occasions where I have issued information in the Newsletter only to be told that this or that has changed, but I had not been told.  Now I can do many things but I am not clairvoyant and I appreciate that on several occasions this misinformation has been down to me and the gremlins which inhabit my house!!!  But can I please ask that if important things like dates of Social Events etc., change, please let me know.   THANK YOU.

Grove & Calverley BBQ

I am pleased to report the annual BBQ was another successful afternoon despite it being very windy, a big thank you to those who wrestled with the pergola to stop it flying away and ensured the marquee remained grounded.  As always, thank you to Hilary and her team in the kitchen for making up salads and setting out the desserts.  And thank you to all of those who baked and made desserts which were delicious.

Tunbridge Wells Open Tournament 2018

Congratulations to Brian Grundy and Mick Milgate who won the pairs competition.

Essex County Club Triples Tournament

Mick Milgate and Brian Grundy also went to play in the Essex County Club Triples tournament where they met up with Keith Blackman, who used to be a member of The Grove and they won.  Congratulations to you all.

Cranbrook Open Triples

Congratulations to Roger Arnold and Kevin and Kathy Brand for bringing this one home.

Kent County Badge

Congratulations and well done to Trevor Bailey who has attained his County Badge.

The Grove Bowling Club Finals Day Sunday 9th September 2018


The Results:

Competition                                             Winner(s)

Men's Championship                                Dick Chapman

Open Handicap                                        Ian Vanns

Men's Unbadged                                      Trevor Bailey

Open Two Wood Singles                           Trevor Bailay

Open Drawn Pairs                                    John & Slyvia Westwood

Bill Squires '100 up'                                 Peter Harris

Open Plate                                              Bob Inskip

Ladies Championship                               Mary Fairbrass

Ladies Two Wood                                     Sue Vanns


The full competition results can be see on the Club Champions page.


Kent County Competitions

Lists are up in the Clubhouse for this for those who wish to enter and play in 2019.  Closing date is 1st October 2018.

The Calverley Bowling Club Finals Day Saturday 8th September 2018

The Results:

Competition                                                   Winner(s)

Men’s Championship                                       Ross Barham

Ladies Championship                                      Prabha Every

Two Woods                                                    Jim Donaldson

Men’s Handicap                                              Tim Larkin

Pairs                                                      John Saunders & Prabha Every

Hillman                                                          Alan Sands

Anthony                                                        Jim Donaldson

Len Allen                                                       John Westwood

New Members

The Grove Bowling club and Calverley Bowling Club would like to extend a belated welcome to Kevin and Kathy Brand who have joined us. We hope you will enjoy being with us.

Teas, Coffees, etc.

Can members who use the kitchen for making teas and coffees please ensure that all cups etc., used are washed up and put away before leaving the premises.  Can they also ensure that they pay of the cups they have.

A message from Sylvia Westwood to The Grove Bowling Club

Sylvia would like to say a big big thank you to all of those who donated the food and gave up their time on Finals day to provide the lovely spread and man the kitchen, and to all of those who came to watch and support the finalists.

Social Conveners wanted

As the end of the season approaches and Autumn turns into Winter, we have always tried to keep the clubhouse open at least once a week, usually on a Friday by having some sort of function going on. Unfortunately this year we are without anybody to do this. If you think you could maybe put a quiz together, organise a bingo session, arrange a darts competition or something along those lines, we would like to hear from you, or you may even have a completely different idea regarding some other social functions. If you would like to be involved in something like this, please contact either, John Westwood, Phil Boddy or John Lowrie and have a chat with them about it.

The Grove’s Triples League Season

At the September board meeting it was decided that a meeting should be held to review The Grove’s Triples League Season.  It agreed that this should be held in the clubhouse on Friday 26th October 2018.  All members are invited to attend and to contribute to the discussion.

Dates and Notes for your diaries.

Saturday 6th October 2018 – Indoor Match v The Royals

Friday 26th October 2018 – Meeting to review The Grove’s Triples League Season 8pm

The Calverley Presentation Dinner will take place on 20th October 2018.  The cost of which will be £25.00 per head (this includes the raffle and gratuities).  Be there at 7pm for 7.30pm.

The Grove Dinner and Presentation Evening will take place on 17th November 2018 and not the 18th November 2017 as printed in the fixtures list.  Details of the Menu and cost will be available nearer the time.

Have you ever wondered…..?

Our resident historian Roy Thompson, has been delving into the past again and this time has been researching Life Members, and here we have a little bit about William Arthur Rose who was club champion three times and the first life member.    Read on…….

Winner of the Championship 1918 and First Life Member

The earliest Honours Board in the Clubhouse shows that the Club Champion in 1918 was W A Rose. Because I am interested in the history of the Club and its members I thought I would undertake a little research and see what I could find out about Mr Rose.  

The Honours Boards show that he was also Club Champion in 1916, 1939 and 1947 and most probably a member for over 40 years. From various internet websites and directories I discovered that his full name was William Arthur Rose. Apparently he didn’t like the name William very much (perhaps because of the initials WAR) and he usually shortened his name to ‘Arthur Rose’.

Arthur Rose was born on 29th October 1873 in Redhill, Surrey, the son of William and Annie Rose. Arthur’s father was a gardener and the 1881 census shows Arthur as having a brother and two sisters. In the latter part of 1905 Arthur married Rose Olive Sampson and therefore she became Mrs Rose Rose. This name seems to have contained too many Roses for her or her husband’s liking and in later documents she calls herself Olive Rose.

In 1909 when the Club was founded Arthur and Olive were living at 11 Beltring Road, Tunbridge Wells, and in the 1911 census they are shown as having two sons and two daughters. Arthur’s occupation at that time was a ‘certified teacher at an elementary school’. He and his wife lived in Beltring Road until Arthur’s death on 8th March 1954 at the age of 80 in the Kent and Sussex Hospital leaving an estate valued at £1420-12s-3d (about £38,000 in today’s values). Olive died in 1962.

As reported in Arthur’s obituary in the Kent and Sussex Courier (below) he was a founder member of the Club, an outstanding bowler and our first Life Member. Perhaps in 2118 someone will be researching the winner of this year’s Championship!



Roy Thompson