Bowls club finally jacks it in after celebrating a century

FULL COUNT The members of Culverden Outdoor Bowls Club during after their last game

A BOWLS club that has just celebrated 100 years in Tunbridge Wells has had to close due to a lack of members.

As the Times reported in July, Culverden Outdoor Bowls Club held a recruitment drive over the summer, but a lack of interest has forced the club to close.

Founded in September 1922 and originally called the Tunbridge Wells Bowls Club, the club marked its centenary this year with a special day involving two other bowls teams and a display of the club’s history.

However, member Stephen Broome said, the game against The Royals Indoor Bowls Club on November 26 had been the Tunbridge Wells players’ final game as a club.

“Most of the members are around 80, and during the last three years the club has lost members due to different reasons,” he said.

“People have not joined the club and Covid did not help.”

However, he said: “Outdoor bowls tends to be associated with the retired and elderly, but it is a sport open to all ages and it is a skilful activity that is difficult to master.

“There are often practice sessions, friendly matches, league games and trophies to be won.”

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