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Hall Green Bowling Club History

The club is a crown green bowling club and is situated at the rear of the "Bull's Head" public house on the Stratford Road at the junction with Fox Hollies Road.

As recent as the 1981 season Hall Green teams played in only two leagues, these were two teams playing on Saturday afternoons in the W&W leagues and two teams playing on Wednesday evening in the Yardley Wood & District leagues. At present time (2011) in addition to these teams there are also teams playing on Sunday mornings, one team on a Tuesday evening, two teams playing Tuesday mornings in the over 60's leagues and a ladies team playing on a Tuesday evening.

In addition to the league programme there are 14 club competitions to be played for. This makes for a very crowed bowling season. The Club has a very strong enthusiastic ladies section which helps to organise the many social events that take place.

Hall Green Bowling Club is a very friendly club and would welcome anyone who would like to become a member.

The Club was founded in 1925 by 16 bowlers and in those days Mitchells and Butlers who owned the "Bull's Head" showed their interest in the game. Mr. Walter Butler and Mr. Lones, both Directors of Mitchells and Butlers attended the opening ceremony presenting the Bowling Green to the club. M&B also provided both the Challenge Cup for the Club Championship and the Handicap Cup, both of solid silver and still played for today.

The yearly subscription was set at 12s.6d and the green rental to M&B was 5 per annum, this rental included M&B undertaking the upkeep of the bowling green and surrounds.

Among the original members were Mr. Leon Salberg, a local theatrical impresario, and former professional cricketer and football player James Windridge. Mr. Windridge was Mine Host at the Bull's Head when the club was formed and remained in that position until his death in 1940.
Approximately 90 members were playing in the first season

The Club first joined the Warwick and Worcester County Bowling Association in 1925 and began playing in league matches in the 1930 season, before this date friendly matches were played against clubs many of which are no longer in existence.

The first annual dinner and prize presentation took place at the White Horse, Congreve Street in Birmingham and the five course meal cost 4s.6d. By 1957 the cost of the annual dinner had risen to 12s.6d and it cost 12 for concert artists. Prizes for the winning competitions during the early years varied and included cigarette cases, sets of bowls, umbrellas, cuff links, and a bag of coal!

In 1932 the Club gained promotion and during the war years competitions were organised to raise money for the war effort.

In 1941 it is recorded in the Club minutes that one members club subscription be waived because of misfortune, his house had been bombed and, in addition fire watch duties interfered with team selection, During the early 1940's the Club had three players playing for the Warwick and Worcester County side, Teddy Horswell, George Adams and Bill Hooper

The Clubs Committee Minute books are all preserved dating back to the formation of the Club in 1925, together with the many Honours Certificates which have been restored and laminated in plastic to ensure a long life. The Minute books make very interesting reading

Pete Morrell snr
Life Member

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