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An old friend of Epping Bowls Club was this year’s VIP invited to perform the formal opening ceremony for the 2024 season. Ann Stuart MBE is the daughter of Bob and Beryl Cuthbert doyens of the Club for many years. Anne flew over from Northern Ireland for this prestigious annual event and to open the club’s 113th season.


Parents Bob and Beryl, both sadly now deceased, were introduced to EBC in the mid-1950s. Bob quickly became a successful bowler enjoying the challenges and competition, the club’s friendly and welcoming nature and especially the social programme.


Bob helped the club to expand by organising the construction of a much-needed men’s changing room. In the late 70s, Mum Beryl convinced the other wives, who made the teas, to set up a ladies' team which went on to do great things. 


Both accomplished players winning trophies and awards, they completed various roles within the EBC Committee and were presidents of the club, not at the same time, after they retired from bowling.


Ann was given a framed Certificate presented to Beryl by the Essex County  Bowling Association for service to Bowling, plus another one given to Bob, both had been on the clubhouse wall for years. Anne said “I am very proud of them both and and honoured to be asked to open the 2024 season at EBC. I have so many happy memories of this place and how much my parents enjoyed their time here. These certificates are a lovely memento which I will cherish. Thank you.”


Club President Peter Bates said, “Ann is an old friend, and we are delighted to welcome her back.  Bowls is for everyone, whatever age, and welcome to try bowls with us. It is a fun and friendly activity and good for health and well-being. Just wear flat-soled trainer-type shoes.


Epping Bowls Club is based in Lower Bury Lane, opposite Epping St John’s School’s back entrance. The Club is keen to recruit new members for this season. Free to attend ‘Come & Try’ sessions at the Club are on Sunday 5th and 19th May 10.30-3.30 pm and Tuesday 28th May 6.00-7.30 pm.

Anne Munro
Anne Munro
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