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A HISTORY OF THE LLANIDLOES BOWLING CLUB

( Notable Dates )

( A History in Photographs )


Researched by
Terrence Jones


This is by no means a full History of the Llanidloes Bowling Club but it is a start. It would be great if others could help in filling the gaps. Especially the early years ( 1914 to 1936 ) and post 1950. Please feel free to send in any informationor or photographs you may have and we will keep it up to date.

The story of the Llanidloes Bowling Club began in the spring of 1912 when the "Llanidloes Town Improvement Association" gave, to the town, a recreation area. This area had already been donated to the Improvement Association in the year 1896 by an unknown benefactor. The only Clause being that it was to be self-supporting. A Recreation Society was then formed in the best interests of the area.

The first use of the new ground was made by the croquet club who opened their lawn on Wednesday 12th June 1912 which was quickly followed by the Tennis Club which had already formed a Committee on the 28th May 1912.

Unknown Date

Unknown Date

Members being L. Jones Williams, W. E. Dakin and E. Rogers. The Construction of a Block Golf Course was also being laid.

On October 15th 1912, at a meeting of the Recreation Society where the laying of a Bowling Green was discussed and agreed. The work was intrusted to Mr J. Jones-Meredith on the specifications of Dicksons of Chester.


"Dicksons, Limited, Nurserymen and Seedsmen to the Queen and to the Prince of Wales, Chester: Dicksons of Chester, are well known to all connected with floriculture, horticulture, and agriculture. They are by special appointment, nurserymen and seedsmen to H.M. the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, and besides the extensive grounds, the largest in the county, at Chester, they have branches in Newtown, Montgomeryshire; Dolgelly, Merionethshire; and Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire"

During the Winter and Spring of 1912-1913 a Bowling Green was laid down and a Bowling Tournament was held on Monday 11th August 1913. We wonder who won Perhaps, one day, we'll find out. On May 13th 1914 a Bowls Committee was formed in the Town Hall restaurant to control the Green for matches and competitions. The officers for the year were:-

Captain - C. E. Pryce
Vice Captain - H. S. Jones
Trweasurer - C. E. Pryce
Secretary - R. Williams
Committee - Ex Sgt. Lewis
Committee - A. J. Roberts
Committee - E. A. Vincent
Committee - L. Jones-Williams

"In 1916 the final competition for the championship of the Mid Wales Bowling Association was witnessed on Newtown Bowling Green on Thursday afternoon. There were 112 bowlers from several clubs. A few players withdrew but a new club, Llanidloes, came in to fill the breach, and one of their representatives A. J. Roberts reached the final round."

"The llanidloes Fire Brigade was formed on October 4th 1920"

No records have been found ( as yet ) from 1914 to 1936

The minute books are complete from between 1936 to present day

At the AGM on 5th October 1937, concern was expressed as to the condition of the green. A suggestion that one of the members Mr James Borough surveyor, fix a date to inspect the green.
At a meeting on Monday March 14th 1938, a proposal that two loads of screened soil be obtained from the new council houses being built.

At the AGM of March 23rd 1938 Lady Members were accepted for the first time.

R.G.Mills was elected Vice President on March 15th 1944.

As a result of a meeting with the town Council in respect of financial assistance to relaying the green, the club was to have free tenancy of the green for a period of 10 years. The sand, ordered from T. H. Harries of Swansea, arrived on Wednesday 1st November 1944. One problem arose in where to get the 30 ton of ash from. A suggestion that a Mr Bebb work 3 days a week riddling ashes at the Spring Mill was accepted.

"The Spring Mill
In 1875 a new steam-powered factory was built in Penygreen Road at Highgate, Llanidloes.Because it was completely powered by steam it did not need to be situatednear the river.
It was built by Thomas Jones, one of the most energetic of the local flannelmanufacturers and an important man in the industry."

"New life for the flannel mills
Following the almost total collapse of the Montgomeryshire flannel industry, the Spring Mills factory was purchased in 1906 for conversion into a tannery.
The tannery at Spring Mills opened in 1908 under the management of Edward Hamer's son, T. Pryce Hamer, who was later killed in the Great War."


Approximately 9 ton of ashes were collected leaving a shortfall of 20 tons. Mr Adams informed the committee that this would not be enough. Therefore two 10 ton truck loads were ordered from the Great Western Railway in Oswestry.
On the 5th December 1944 Mr Adams informed the committee that this would still not be enough. The Secretary of the committee then ordered another 2 X 20 ton truck loads from the Great Western Railway in Oswestry.
After a period of very frosty weather in December 1944, the final turf was laid in the early spring of 1945.


On the 17th March 1955, a meeting was held in the Newtown Bowling Club to discuss the formation of a new county Bowling Organisation to be called the Montgomeryshire and District Bowling Association. It was also proposed that the Montgomeryshire and District Bowling Association become affiliated to the Welsh Bowling Association.

 

"We would like to thank Mr Terrence Jones for all his hard work in researching this information. Without his efforts none of this would have been possible."

NOTABLE DATES

Llanidloes Bowling Club
Notable Dates

November 1895 - The provision of a Recreation area was first mentioned.


July 1913 - Much interest is being taken by the male residents of the town. Play is to begin next week.


July 1913 - Aberystwyth 259 Vrs Machynlleth 226


August 1913 - Tournaments were held on the recreation ground. Croquet, Bowls and Tennis.


Tennis - Llangurig 3 Vrs Llanidloes 4


April 1914 - Started Bowling


1915: Unknown source. A poor man in the village was receiving a pint of milk daily from the vicar. On his death, the old man left the daily pint to his mother.


June 1915 - The Recreation bowling club have formed themselves into two divisions to find the first two players to represent them in a tournament in Newtown on Tuesday 29th June 1915.


July 1916 - Mid Wales Bowling Association. The fifth annual Championship was held at Machynlleth. Dakin lost in the first round proper. Score Jopliss 21 Vrs Dakin 10


July 1917 - In a Mid Wales Competition at Llanidloes, a mention was made of playing a game with a Jack without a bias.


July 1919 - Mr Puller gave a silver cup for the season's bowling. Mr John Puller was the Captain of Llanidloes in September 1919.


March 1920 - Llanidloes Bowling Club held an A G M in the town hall restaurant. Members fees were fixed at One Guinea for the season.

A recommendation was put forward to the Montgomery Bowling Association that in future the championships should be played off in rinks.


June 1920 - The County Championship was played in the form as we know today in 2019


September 1921 - Pullar Cup won by Mr T Hughes. Runner up Mr W. E. Dakin


May 1922 - The Recreation Association are moving ahead with regards to the erection of a Pavilion on the Recreation ground


December 1921 - A part of a field next to the recreation ground is being laid down as a cricket pitch. Specifications are being prepared by messers Ford and Mills.


July 1922 - At the A G M of the Recreation Association, it was agreed to build the new Pavilion on the recreation ground for all of the Greens. The contractors will be Messers Brown. The work will begin this week.


September 1922 - Jack Lewis won the Puller Cup. He was presented with the cup by Mr H. Pulleston Jones.


February 1923 - The A G M was held in the Town Hall Restaurant. It was decided the Pullar Cup would be played over 3 days.

April 1923 - Mr George Hamer was appointed president of the Bowling Club in place of Edward Hamer.

Representatives to the Mid Wales Bowling Association were George Hamer and Fred Smith.


1923 - Jock Lewis won the Puller Cup outright. It has not been played for since.
February 1926 - A general meeting of the Llanidloes Bowling Club showed an adverse balance of £1-6'-9d


April 1926 - The Bowling and Tennis lawns were made ready for the season. Mr Jonnie Lloyd, amateur international footballer, has been appointed as Groundsman.


May 1926 - Official opening of the Llanidloes Bowling Club by the President Mr David Owen who bowled wood.


June 1926 - Newtown 123 Vrs Llanidloes 69. A comment was made that Newtown were getting used to Rinks play.


August 1926 - Llanidloes 81 Vrs Rhayader 46


May 1927 - Official opening of the Green by the Mayor David Owen


June - Carmarthen County against Mid Wales contained a rink from Llanidloes Bowling Club. Players were T. Hughes, W. Griffiths, Ivor Jarman and Jack Lewis. They were opposed by a rink containing Mr Stacy who was a Welsh International.


August 1927 - W. E. Dakin and J. F. Jones qualified to play in the finals of the County Hospital Appeals Competition.


May 1928 - Players to represent Mid Wales Bowling Association in a match against New Zealand Bowling Association were L. Rees, W. E. Dakin, E. Price L. Jones Williams.


August 1928 - The Pavilion was formally opened. The building was designed by Mr Jack Brown and Built by Mr Neville Meredith.


May 1929 - A Rink has been selected for the Mid Wales Bowling Association tour to Hereford, Gloucester, Leicester and Northampton. Players are W. E. Dakin, L. Rees, A. J. Roberts and L Jones Williams.


May 1930 - A Putting green has been opened on the recreation Ground and is proving to be very popular.


August 1933 - Llanidloes Bowling Club 89 Vrs 83 A Touring team from Rugby .


May 1949 - The Morris Cup only open to those players who have not won any other cup.


October 1950 - A match was arranged between llanidloes and Moss Park Glasgow. Result Unknown.


May 1952 - R. G. Mills Cup to be played as a singles instead of a Pair competition.


March 1955 - At a meeting held in Newtown Bowling Club, it was decided to form a new association to be called the Montgomery and district Bowling Association, comprising of Welshpool, Machynlleth, Newtown and Llanidloes. An invitation to Aberystwyth and Aberdovey to join was made.


November 1956 - A new Urinal was erected with the help of members.


September 1974 - There is a proposal for a new Club Hose.


November 1979 - The cost of the New Clubhouse would be £16,000 financial help is expected from The Sports Council for Wales and the Mid Wales Development Board.


February 1981 - The contract to build the new club house was awarded to Mr Colin Jones.


March 1982 - Sale of Alcohol license applied for


May 1982 - New Club house opened.


Date Unknown - Caroline Jones - Welsh International


1995 - Paul Hughes, Welsh Junior International


2018 - Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International


2018 - Ben Evans - Welsh Junior International


2019 - Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International


2019 - Ben Evans - Welsh Junior International


A HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS

( If you have any historical photograps relating to the Llanidloes Bowling club and would be happy to have them displayed on our site please contact the Web designer. )

Mid Wales Individual Championship Shield, Aberdovey, July 1923 and Llanidloes July 1929

Montgomery County Infirmary Rose Bowl, Newtown 1928 and Newtown August 1929

Mid Wales Individual Championship Shield...Montgomery County Infirmary Rose Bowl,

Jack Lewis - Ystwyth Cup 1923

Jack Lewis - Ystwyth Cup 1923.

Mid Wales Shield Winner 1935

Presentation of Mid Wales Bowling Championsip Shield, Lampeter July 16th 1930.

Presentation of Mid Wales Bowling Championsip Shield, Lampeter July 16th 1930.

J.J. Monk (Lampeter - Finalist) - R.E.Hilton (Newtown - Winner) - Mrs R. Hughes - Rhys Hughes Esq (Lampeter - President W.M.B.A) - George Ahern (Aberystwyth - Semi Finalist) - Rev. T.O. Williams (Aberystwyth - Semi Finalist) - W.H. Jones (Aberystwyth - Hon. Sec. M.W.B.A.)

Section Semi Finalists for the Mid Wales Bowling Championship Shield - Lampeter July 16th 1930

Back Row: H. Puleston Jones, llanidloes - J.W.Davies, Lampeter - Rev.T.). Williams, Lampeter - J.P. Jones, Aberystwyth - Jack Lewis, Llanidloes - Tom James, Aberystwyth.

Bottom Row: G. Ahern, Aberystwyth - J.T. Richards, Lampeter - R.E Hilton Newtown (Winner) - W.H. Jones, Aberystwyth (Hon. Sec. M.W.B.A.) - Rhys Hughes Esq.,Lampeter (President M.W.B.A.) - J.J. Monk, Lampeter (Finalist) - Tom Hughes, Machynlleth.

Section Semi Finalists for the Mid Wales Bowling Championship Shield - Lampeter July 16th 1930

Presentation of N. Bennett Owen Cup by the Donor May 1943

Presentation of N. Bennett Owen Cup by the Donor May 1943

Morris Cup Red + Cross Pairs Competition

Morris Cup Red + Cross Pairs Competition

Bennet Owen Cup

Season 1944 Winner

D. W. Meredith

February 1945

Laying last turf of new Bowling Green by Mr Lewis Rees
Laying last turf of new Bowling February 1945 Green by Mr Lewis Rees

Opening of the Town Bowling Green

1945

Opening of the Town Bowling Green 1945
Jack Lewis, Winner of the First Mayor'sTrophy Competition 1946

Jack Lewis, Winner of the First "Mayor's

Trophy" Competition 1946

Presentation of the Mayor's Trophy to H Hewetson on July 25th 1949

Presentation of the Mayor's Trophy to H Hewetson on July 25th 1949

Geo, Meredeth - H. Hewetson - W.E. Dakin - G. E Hamer

 

W.E.Dakin President

1928 to 1945 1948 to 1952

W.E.Dakin President 1928 to 1945 1948 to 1952

Grace Davies Mid Wales Women's Bowling Association Four wood Singles Champion 2014

Grace Davies

Mid Wales Women's Bowling Association

Four wood Singles Champion 2014

Llanidloes Bowling Club - Montgomeryshire League Division One Winners 1994

A. Davies - D. Woosnam - I. Morris - T. E. Jones - J. Mills

R. Jones - A. Combes - P. Hughes - D. Owen - A. Addison

E. C. Stephens - D. Evans - D. E. Jones (Captain) - T. K. Evans - G. Morris - J. P. Evans

F. Jones - G. Sill - R. A. Evans - B. Miles

 

 

 

Llanidloes Bowling Club - Montgomeryshire League Division One Winners 1994

 

 

 

Llanidloes Bowling Club - Montgomeryshire League Division One and Cup Winners 1995

Llanidloes Bowling Club - Montgomeryshire League Division One and Cup Winners 1995

A. Addison - R. Hughes - P. Hughes - R. Williams - D. N. Jones

D. Woosnam - B. Miles - J. Mills - T. E. jones - G. Sill

D. Owen - G. Morris - T. K. Evans - J. P. Evans (Captain) - E. C. Stephens - B. Combes - L. Morris

F. Jones - R. Evans - R. C. Evans - A. Davies

Llanidloes Bowling Club Montgomeryshire Rink Winners 1995

Llanidloes Bowling Club Montgomeryshire Rink Winners 1995

Back Row :- R. A. Evans - P. Hughes - L. Morris

Front Row :- R. Williams - D. Woosnam

Paul Hughes, Welsh Junior International 1995

Paul Hughes, Welsh Junior International 1995

Caroline Jones - Welsh International

( 1999-2004, 2007-2011 )

Caroline Jones - Welsh International

Montgomeryshire Bowling Association Jubilee Celebration Match

Back Row:-Richard Simms (Kerry) - Gerrard Owen (Llanidloes) - Lee Morris (Llanidloes) - Doug Hughes (Machynlleth) - Philip Evans (Llanidloes) - Karl Sloan (LLanfair) - Daniel Richards (Llanidloes) - Eryl Jones (Machynlleth) - Tony Evans (Llanidloes)

Second Row:- Tim Jones (Llanidloes) - Alan Addison (Llanidloes) - Clive Lawton (Berriew) - Harold Haynes (Kerry) - Dewi Owen (Llanfair) - Austin Pugh (Llanidloes) - Emrys Owen (Llanidloes) - Dal James (Newtown) - Gareth Manuel (Llanidloes) - Alan Thomas (Machynlleth)

Third Row:- Graham Tuffin (Welshpool) - Mike Jones (Machynlleth) - Ken Evans (Llanidloes) - Don Jones (Kerry) - Russell Edwards (Welshpool) - Charles Stephens (President) - Mathew Young (Llanidloes) - Wil James (Newtown) - Gerald Jones (Newtown) - Alan Thomas (Machynlleth)

Front Row:- Colin Evans (Llanidloes) - Len Hughes (Newtown) - Ron Price (Machynlleth) - Richie Williams (Aberdyfi) - David Jarman (Newtown) - John Watt (Welshpool) - Russell Pugh (Welshpool) - Richard Williams (Welshpool) - Ieuan Thomas (Llanfair)

 

Montgomeryshire Bowling Association Jubilee Celebration Match

Wednesday 10th August 2005 at Llanidloes Bowling Club

President Charles Stephens Select versus Llanidloes Bowling Club

Wednesday Afternoon League

Winners 2015

Pam Mills, May Lewis, Julie Jones

Liz Harrison, Sylvia Owen, Audrey Evans, Shirley Powell

Wednesday Afternoon League Winners 2015

Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International

2018

Naomi  Evans - Welsh Junior International 2018

Ben Evans - Welsh Junior Internetional 2018

Ben Evans - Welsh Under 25 International

2018

Ben Evans - Welsh Junior Internetional 2018

 

Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International

Selected for September 2019

Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International  2019

Ben Evans - Welsh Under 25 International

Selected for September 2019

Naomi Evans - Welsh Junior International  2019

 

For Current and Archived photographs visit our Gallery Pictures 2018 Archive - Current 2019

 

 

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