In 1922, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Bowls club had so many members that some moved to a different ground and formed a club under the name Tunbridge Wells Bowls Club, member Stephen Broome told the Times.
The remaining group of players made the decision to stay at St John’s Recreation Ground, changing their name to Culverden Bowls Club.
However, now, said Stephen, “The club is celebrating its centenary this year and we need more members to join our small friendly and welcoming club.
“Throughout the 20th century, the club had a healthy number of members but, like a lot of bowls clubs, there has been a gradual decline in membership this century, with only 18 still playing,” he told the Times.
“Some people are competitive, while others just enjoy being there. There are in-house competitions, friendly matches and league games.”
Members have also been busy delving into the club’s history, unearthing the first newspaper report to mention it, as well as minutes going back to 1923 and lots of photos.
Club practice sessions are on Mondays at 6pm, St John’s Rec. Ground. Friendlies are played on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. New members are welcome to turn up to events.