Crystal Bowls Club
The club was formed in 1993 by the late Eddie Palmer, initially as an indoor bowling club who played at the Crystal Leisure Centre in Stourbridge, and attracted 32 players. It became obvious to Eddie, who worked in leisure for Dudley MBC, that there was a nucleus to form an outdoor bowling club. In 1994 he persuaded the Council to convert the disused Lawn Tennis Courts into a Level or Flat Bowling Green. A small committee was formed and some games were played on the rough and ready green that was the former tennis courts.
In 1995 the Council did a lot of work on the green in preparation for the Summer Season. The area was levelled and made into a bowling green, 41 x 41 square yards. Ditches and embankments were constructed to comply with Worcestershire Bowling Association (the WBA) county standards. The green was made secure with wire fencing and a lockable gate.
The green was officially opened by the Mayor of Dudley. Eddie arranged some fixtures with other clubs in the Worcestershire area, mostly away.
In 1998, at a committee meeting, the provision of a Pavilion at the green was proposed. David Johnson, Chairman, and John Offord, Secretary held meetings with Dudley MBC to discuss the possibilities of a pavilion with them. A proposal for a Winter Bowls Tour to Devon was discussed as was the possibility of joining the Perdiswell Winter League. During the Winter Indoor leagues for Mondays and Thurdays were arranged and matches against Bromsgrove and Stirchley were also arranged.
In 1999 it was proposed that Ladies Only matches be arranged for next Summer. A bowls tour was arranged for Babbacombe in March. A Club Constitution was discussed and also an update on the Club’s application for lottery funding for the pavilion. At the AGM on November 19th the Club Constitution was basically accepted but at an EGM held on 23rd March 2000 it was amended to include Winding-Up Procedures.
In 2002 the new pavilion was commissioned. It was funded jointly by Crystal Bowls Club, Black Country Bowls Club, who shares the green with us and a grant from Dudley MBC.
From 2002 until 2011 a yearly out of season programme of work, in Spring and Autumn, was carried out by Dudley MBC and private contractors to improve the quality and surface of the green. The club spent just over £6,000 during this time, all of which was generated by the Members The money was well worth it as the quality of the green improved quite substantially, resulting in better inspection results from the WBA, which meant that we could attract more clubs to play on our green and were invited to play in the Redditch Triples League. An even bigger bonus was the improvement in our members’ standard of play, becoming better bowlers and far more competitive in friendlies and county competitions. This was mirrored in that one of our members won the WBA County Champion of Champions Mens Singles Competition in 2006. The winner of this prestigious trophy usually came from one of the big, old established clubs and, for a small club like ours, it was a great accolade. The winner was John Attwood and was a truly great achievement, especially as he played all his matches away from home.
In 2007 new Sprinkler System was commissioned and the Redditch Triples League was entered.
Since 2011 the Club has continued to improve the green and its facilities with the ongoing spring and autumn maintenance work and the erection of two new changing rooms in April 2016 at a cost of just over £5,000 financed mainly by a grant.