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Epping Bowls Club wrapped up a successful season with its annual President’s Day fundraising competition held last month. The event got off to a great start with bowls aimed at a large spider-soft toy followed by mixed teams playing each other. £200 was raised for Bowel Cancer UK.

Fundraising also topped the bill with the club’s annual Target Bowls event in aid of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance charity. Glasses of Fizz helped celebrate the event, which is sponsored by local company Millers Estate Agents, Epping's longest-established independent estate agent over five decades.

Chris and Mari-Louise Whitbread came to the event and even took part against the many target challenges on the bowls green. £300 was raised and the winner of the competition with 225 points was Steve Baker who received the trophy from Chris Whitbread.

Chris Whitbread said “We are pleased to support Epping Bowls Club and this very deserving charity which saves lives. Having a partnership with this local bowls club is important to our company as we view it as a community asset providing a much-needed outdoor sporting experience.”

President Peter Bates said “Bowls is for everyone. Whether retired, semi-retired, or younger, or working from home. We extend an invitation to try bowls. It is a fun and friendly activity and good for health and well-being.”


The season starts again next April.

















The Grand Draw.

This year Epping Bowls Club decided to hold a Grand Prize Draw, to be drawn on the last day of the season, "Presidents Day”.


Epping Bowls would like to thank the following High Street businesses and outlets for their generosity in donating Gifts and Prizes for this event.


In no particular orderClick a shop name to be taken to their website


Pizza Express

LS Hair

Campion Court Hair

Coles Fine Clothing for Men

Funky Monk

Church’s Traditional Butchers

Poppy’s Café & Bistro

Café Mio

Pretty Woman Beauty Clinic


Card Zone


Amy Louise Floral Design

Wine Rack

Tesco Superstore

Rosewood Pharmacy & Beauty


Thank you for your support.










Epping Bowls Club hosted 10 finals over the weekend. Some played in the sizzling heat on Saturday and others in the pouring rain on Sunday! Local company Qualis Group sponsored the Mens Consistency competition with a brand-new trophy and a donation to the club.


This competition required the winner to be the first to 100 points accrued by the number of bowls nearest the jack. It turned out to be a thrilling final between Steve Baker and Tony Rowland who racked up 100 each meaning an extra end and sudden death with the winner nearest the jack. Steve Baker held it until the last bowl from Tony Rowland which expertly found its way closest to the jack.


Simon Rutter, Managing Director at Qualis Commercial, said: “Epping Bowls Club is a real asset to the whole community, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with such a valued, long-standing organisation. We are committed to supporting the growth and vitality of our local communities and will continue to seek opportunities to do so.”


Qualis Group was established by Epping Forest District Council to support the council’s forward objectives. The first of the Group’s construction projects are now live, developing a mix of both residential and commercial schemes.


Peter Bates, President of Epping Bowls Club, said “We are delighted to be supported by Qualis Group in this way. We are a small club and greatly appreciate all local help and support. Many of our trophies are showing signs of wear and tear so a replacement was much needed plus a fitting climax to this event for the new trophy.”


Other finals included the Ladies Consistency between Anne Munro and Julie Luther, won 107-83 by Anne Munro. Julie Luther came good in the Ladies Handicap beating Barbara Vokes 21-17. The Mens Junior Championship was won by Michael Rogers 21-15 over Scott Gillespie. Michael also played in the Mens Handicap but lost to Alan Woolf who won 21-10.


Margaret Hopkinson won three titles across the weekend. She took the Mixed Veterans 16-11 over Peter Bates. Then the Chisholm Challenge, after a set all went to a final set tie-break against Anne Munro when the closest bowl to the jack changed five times during one end. In the Ladies Championship Margaret beat Barbara Vokes 21-17 in her second final.


In the Mens Championship Kit Birdsey beat Steve Baker 21-12. The last final completed was the Mens Four Wood Pairs with winners Chris Vokes and Tony Rowland, in his second final, beating Graham Balinger and Howard Beckett 27-6



Christine Baker




The Mens 2 wood pairs competition at Epping Bowls Club took place on Saturday 19th August. This annual event bought together seven pairs when names came out of the hat, drawn in two groups one of three pairs and one of four.


Group one played two games of 15 ends and group two played three games of ten ends which evened out the competition. After a two-course lunch provided by some of the lady members, the group returned to the green for the afternoon session.


Some tight results were recorded before the final was played between 93-year-old Peter Bates and


Howard Beckett against Matt Jones and Daniel Wackett. This was Matt’s second final in two weeks.


Playing the best of 12 ends, victory went to Peter and Howard 12-10, who had played 42 ends by the time they finished. The cup was presented by Mens Captain Ron Perryman.


Peter Bates, Club President, has been playing at the club for 34 years.


He said “It was another good competition which I was pleased to win. At my age it’s still feels good to beat much younger bowlers. I enjoy playing bowls and this club, in particular, is warm and welcoming and keen to attract new and experienced players.”


2 Wood Pairs

Epping Bowls club President, Peter Bates, successfully defended the 2 wood pairs title he won last year with his drawn partner Howard Beckett playing a total of 42 ends of bowls, clinching the final by 14 to 10 shots.

Members enjoyed a great days bowling in excellent weather with a very enjoyable meal laid on courtesy of the club's ladies.

Epping seniors are climbing up the league table,

showing great results from last year lying bottom








Christine Baker





















Members of Epping Bowls Club came out in force to watch and support the annual Ladies Rosebowl competition which took place on Sunday 30 th July and the club’s Lower Bury Lane venue.


Fourteen ladies competed in this prestigious event playing in two groups with each game played to seven ends. There were many close games with wins by just one point. When all points were counted Anne Munro won all three games in her group, with Julie Luther second and Margaret Hopkinson won her group on points with Barbara Volkes second.


The group winners played the final despite appalling weather conditions and pouring rain.  The crowd in the clubhouse were supportive and vocal as Anne Munro took her second win of the trophy, she last won in 2019, beating Ladies Captain Margaret Hopkinson 9-5.


Club Captain Ron Perryman presented the trophies. Anne Munro said “Of course I am delighted to win the Rosebowl again which was made harder due to the rain. It’s always good to have such support from the members.”


Epping Bowls Club is enjoying another good season with many new members enjoying all that bowls has to offer. For further information visit



19.06.2023 Christine Baker.





Epping Bowls Club’s first competition of the season took place on Saturday 17th June. The Open Singles was well supported with 24 members taking to the green in perfect bowling weather. 


The players were split into six groups of four, with the group winners advancing. Highlights included a highly contested match between Men's Captain Ron Perryman, aged 90, beating Life President Peter Bates, aged 92. This match had the highest combined age in the club's history until they meet again! Meanwhile, new member Barbara Vokes won all three matches without losing an end. 


The quarter-finals saw Michael Rogers beat Lorraine Mead for the right to face Barbara Vokes. After Graham Ballinger beat last year’s champion, Alan Woolf, he faced Andrew Preston in the semi-final, edging the match on the last end while Michael needed an extra end to overcome Barbara. 


In the final, good friends Graham and Michael were level going into the last end with Graham coming out victorious. Men’s Captain Ron Perryman presented Graham with the trophy and said “It is my pleasure to crown our Open Singles champion Graham Ballinger 2023. Play today has been to an exceptional standard and it's always good to see new names on the trophy. Epping Bowls Club is enjoying another good season with many new members coming along and honing their skills.”

May 2023




In May 30 staff from Epping-based company Stace, an independent Construction and

Property Consultancy attended an evening event hosted by Epping Bowls Club.  The first corporate event of its kind to be held in the club's 112-year history.


Glen Edwards, Associate Quantity Surveyor at Stace, came up with the idea after being handed a flyer at Epping Market in April from the Epping Bowls Club stall promoting Bowls and our “Come & Try days”.  Colleague, Hannah Abbott took it forward and soon enough a plan was made and a date agreed. Then the idea really took off and quickly went from six people interested to 30.


Epping Bowls Club Men’s Captain, Ron Perryman, said “An idea developed from a flyer became a first for our Club in its long history. We embraced the idea and it turned into an enjoyable evening for both Stace and our members.”


Established 63 years ago in Epping, Stace has multiple offices. Glen Edwards said, “We were so keen, we were practicing on the office carpet. Some brought their grandparents' bowls and others had played at Uni.  After initial instruction, the atmosphere was very competitive.”


“Seems like bowls is something for everyone. It really leveled out the playing field with some of our more sporty staff members struggling against those far less so.  It went really well, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. This was the best kind of team-building get-together with Epping Bowls Club being great hosts. We would love to make this an annual event.”


Ron Perryman felt this first experience for the club was also very successful. “It was great to see so much enthusiasm and energy for our sport.  It proves that bowls is for everyone.  We enjoyed our first corporate event as much as they did.”

Epping Bowls Club Seniors claimed their first win of the season.  Beating Elsenham, (winners for the past 2 years), on 2 rinks to earn 6 valuable points to 2 and by 4 shots overall!



Epping Bowls Club celebrated the launch of the 2023 season on Saturday 15th April with special guests Cllr Barbara Scruton, Mayor of Epping Town Council, and her husband Roy. Together with members they declared the club’s 112th season open.


























Barbara Scruton said “It’s great to be at your club today especially as you got started in 1911. I do care about Epping. It needs places like this in order to keep it thriving with so much to offer the local community.”

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 23rd April 10.30-3.30pm

Sunday 14th May 10.30-3.30pm


Tuesday 30th May 6.00-7.30pm.

Club President Peter Bates said, “We are delighted to welcome the Mayor and her husband to help us promote the joy of playing bowls to a wider audience.”


Bowls is for everyone. Everyone, whether retired, semi-retired, younger, or working from home, is welcome to try bowls. It is a fun and friendly activity and good for health and well-being. Just wear flat-soled trainer-type shoes.

Club Memebers

Club President Peter Bates, and Club Captains Ron Perryman and Margaret Hopkinson welcomed members who then enjoyed their first roll up of the season.

President, Captains & Mayor

The Mayor fired bowls across the green and managed to hit the bell target, having never played before.

Mayor Bowling a bowl.
The Mayor

After a glass of fizz, the ribbon was cut for the official opening.

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