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Aberlady At War - WW2
Football In Aberlady
Aberlady Bowling Club
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The following article is one of a few we are publishing under the heading 'Tymes Past'. These will mostly be about events or organisations which are no longer in the village. Articles so far in this series are;
Aberlady At War | Aberlady & Gullane Railway | Street Names | Football In Aberlady | Aberlady Bowling Club
One constant in local life in Aberlady is the bowling club which has been around for more than a century. In fact it was thought that the club was founded in 1888 as there remains a copy of what was thought to be the original lease with Wemyss & March Estates. However in recent years someone contacted the club with photographs of a set of bowls which are inscribed with the club's name and a date earlier than that above.
In 1888 the annual rent for the green was one shilling - equivalent to 5 pence in today's money. Wemyss & March Estates obviously saw the club as an asset to the village as the rent stayed at that level until 1971. Even then it was only raised to £1 per year.
The first clubhouse was opened on May 30th 1923 ( shown above ), and the first known Club Champion was G. Donald In 1927. From 1927 to 2011 inclusive there has been 34 different Gents Champions - 7 pre-war and 27 post war. The first Ladies Championship was not held until 1956 when Mrs. M Yeoman was the winner.
The membership fee at the time was ten shillings ( 50p ) but within two years (1948) this had doubled to £1, a lot of money at the time. The current fee (2012) is £70 for full membership.
Linda Black and Cathy Walkingshaw also saw success in the East of Scotland pairs competition.
In 2009 Aberlady ladies ( a team of three players ) won the Jenella trophy for the second year running.
To this day Aberlady Bowling Club continues to be an important part of village life.
Visit the official Aberlady Bowling Club website here
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