Club History

It was on 18th February, 1921 that the farm and land was sold by Sir W.A.Waller to Edward McGregor.
It was after seeing people bowling in the Leamington Parks that Mr McGregor thought it would be a good idea to have some local recreation facilities and it was not too long before Lillington Bowling and Tennis Club was formed.

The first meeting of the club was held on 27th March 1930 and Mr R. McGregor was elected President (a position held until 1972),
Mr R Ellis and Mr R. Olerenshaw were elected Committee members and Mr E.A. Lewis was elected Secretary.
It was agreed that a rental of £80 per annum be paid to Mr E. McGregor for use of his paddock and barns.

A decision was made to publicise the newly formed bowling and tennis club in the Leamington Courier stating that the club would be open on 1st May 1930 and anyone interested in membership should apply to the founders not later than 10th April of that year. Much to the committee’s delight sixty people applied for membership and the club duly opened on the 1st May 1930 as planned, with three grass tennis courts and six bowling rinks.

The Clubs 75th Anniversary Booklet
For those of you interested in a more detailed history of the club (1930 – 2005), the 75th Anniversary booklet has been scanned and is now available to view at:- Clubs 75th Anniversary Booklet

Notable events

1935 – Club joined the Warwickshire Bowling Association
1936 – Warwickshire Bowling Association held their competitions at the club
1939 – Ladies were accepted as bowling members
1945 – Membership has grown to 234 (including 24 serving in H.M. Forces)
1948-49 – Green relaid
1962 – Tennis courts sold
1963 – The first Honours Boards were designed and installed
1965 – On 11th February 1965 the land and buildings were purchased by the Club  from Mr E. McGregor
1966 – Joined Leamington & District Bowling Association
1969 – Club house extended and improved
1970 – No competitions as the wrong sand had mistakenly been used and the grass did not grow.
1972-73 Bowling membership limited to 35 Ladies and 70 men.
1975 – Club members went on their first bowling tour (to Norfolk)
1977-78 Colin Walton Trophy introduced (Over 60’s men’s singles competition)
1980 – Golden Jubilee Year
1985 – Betty Bott Trophy introduced (Ladies 2 wood singles knockout competition)
1990 – Diamond Jubilee Year
1992 – Watering system installed
1993 – Emergency lighting and fire alarms installed
1994 – Haesler Trophy introduced
1996 – Women’s World Bowls Tournament Year – Hosted the Fiji team
1998 – Ladies entered the new Coventry League and were runners up at their first attempt
1999 – Changing room extension built
2002 – Central heating and hot water system installed
2003 – Games afternoons introduced
2004 – Ladies World Championship – Hosted the Fiji team
2010 – Major improvements to the Club House, This was funded by club funds and a grant provided by Biffa.
2012 – Club Website launched
2016 – New Club House roof installed

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