STARTFORD ON AVON BOWLS CLUB
A BRIEF HISTORY
The club was formed in 1932 and built a green at Southern Lane, Stratford upon Avon.
A ladies section was started and had some 20 members but this became 12 by 1937 and closed at the end of the Second World War. In 1973 it was finally agreed that ladies could again become members and the club became a “mixed club.”
In 1986 the Club were told by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre that they would have to vacate the site at Southern Lane as they needed to sell the land to raise money to replace the temporary theatre at The Other Place with a permanent building.
To the rescue came Mr Tom Reading who offered the club land at Tiddington Road. The rent was a crate of malt whisky a year. He also agreed that upon his death the land would be handed over to the Club.
Mr Reading said “it seemed a fair rent to me” and “my view is that if you can give some enjoyment to somebody without beggaring yourself, then that’s the thing to do.”
His generosity saved the club and the official opening of the green and clubhouse was on the 4th August 1989.
The Club and its members continue to enjoy the Green and facilities in Tiddington today.