History of Bealings Carpet Bowls Club

In 1989 after yet another fund-raising session for the Angela Cobbold Hall it was suggested by the Captain of the Crown Green Bowls Club, that starting a Carpet Bowls Club might be a good way to raise money.  At the first committee meeting Paddy Bills and Mary Mitton agreed to take on the Chairman and Secretary roles respectively and an application was made to the Rural Initiative Council who supplied a small grant. With much fund-raising, countless coffee mornings and bring and buys, it was possible to purchase one mat, however, it was soon realised that there just wasn't enough room at the Angela Cobbold, and the idea was moved to the Village Hall.

With the donation of a set of bowls from Kesgrave Aggregates, it should have been full steam ahead, however, no-one actually knew how to play the game.  Don Suskin, who lived in Great Bealings, but played Carpet Bowls at Martlesham, very kindly showed them the rules and his clubs constitution, which was adapted for our use.  Lodge Sports, who sold mats and equipment, also provided lessons and demonstrations.

In 1990 the BCBC finally opened the doors on Tuesday afternoons for the people of Little and Great Bealings.  The first Captain was the much loved and respected Geoffrey Paternoster.  They hand made the blocks, used blackboards and chalk for scoring, and Mary devised a system of numbered ping pong balls for choosing teams - which was fine, as long as everyone remembered their particular number!  All the kit was stored, as it still is today, in a box made by Fred Stimson who was very handy with the toolkit, this was referbished and improved in 2013. After a while as members left and moved away etc, it was decided to open the club to the wider area and this proved to be so successful that it was necessary to hold another session on Wednesday evenings. 

Since then we have entered the Winter League and worked our way up from bottom of the division, to Divison 3 Champions in 2010, and by 2012 into the First Division where we found the competition very strong and subsquently were relegated to division 2. We take
 part in the Summer league and play numerous friendly games with neighbouring clubs and enjoy social evenings and get togethers. Here's looking forward to our Silver Jubilee in 2015.