Nineteen members celebrated the 40th anniversary of Brentwood Bowling Club Ladies’ Section with an afternoon tea in the clubhouse on Wednesday 24th September.
Ladies’ captain Margaret Rayment welcomed everyone with a glass of wine and before tea, a singer entertained with songs from the Fifties onwards.
Tea comprised a delicious array of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cakes and pastries.
A celebration cake was cut by founder member Barbara Morrish who is still an active bowler and secretary of the section.
Barbara recalled 1973 when, after long discussions at the men’s AGM, there was a majority vote in favour of a ladies’ section affiliated to the club but run separately.
She added: “We formed a committee which was made up of friends, two of which already bowled at Kings Chase but were prepared to teach us and help us, but would also belong to Kings Chase at the same time. They both eventually left Kings Chase and became Brentwood members.”
The new group became affiliated to Essex County Women’s Bowling Association in June 1974 but, with the exception of the two ladies from Kings Chase, it was a couple of years before members took part in county competitions.
Through word of mouth, membership grew from year to year and soon reached the limit of 40 when a waiting list was set up.
At first, members held meetings in a room under the golf club but later moved to a hut beside the football changing rooms. A decade later, the current pavilion was built with the help of interest-free loans by members of Brentwood men’s and ladies’ sections and Central Essex men’s and ladies’ sections.