History of Buntingford Bowls Club

Buntingford Bowls Club has grown into one of Hertfordshire's finest Bowls Clubs. It is well known for its excellent hospitality, its friendly club membership, and of course it is well known for being a fiercely competitive club.

But let's take you back to where it all began............

Bowls in the small Town of Buntingford was first played in 1914 when
Mr J Boniwell started the game with a few of his close friends. The venue was a lawn Tennis ground just off Bowling Green Lane in Buntingford. There is a Cul-de-Sac called Bowlers Mead and the very first house is aptly named 'Greenkeepers Cottage'. This Cottage still exists to this day and it is believed this is where the first woods were rolled towards the Jack.......

In 1919 two rinks were then formed in the grounds of Layston Cottage, River Green in Buntingford. This is where Buntingford Bowls Club began to form as a club, but it wasn't until 1922 when the club really began to take off and therefore 1922 is considered and adopted as our founder year.

After spending just over 3 years at the River Green address, land was purchased just over five hundred yards away in Wyddial Road for a mere 50. The green was then laid down by a few of the existing members and in 1926 Buntingford Bowls Club moved home. River Green then reverted back to a residential address and years later Jack and Eileen Platt, two of our former and long serving members, moved in where they lived until the early 21st Century. 

In the early years of Buntingford Bowls Club, the Clubhouse 
resembled something like a garden shed, but over the
next 50 years or so a number of improvements were made. This was to allow the members to make refreshments. However, if you had too many refreshments there were no toilets, but just a corrugated 'tin trap' in the open-air for the gentlemen.

In 1947 Buntingford were then formally elected to the affiliated organisation of the Hertfordshire Bowls Association.

33 years into our Club's history and a separate Ladies section was formed and founded in 1955. It seems strange nowadays that there was a separate Mens and Ladies section, but that was the case until the early 90's where of course a vote was held to incorporate the whole membership into 'one club' - and rightly so.

Buntingford Bowls Club is a fully integrated Mixed Bowling Club now and has members ranging in age from the very young to the young at heart..... (It would be impolite to reveal a lady's age, but the youngest bowler we've had on the green this season is just 7 years - and one of the gents has just turned 93 years old!)

In 1974 a number of improvements were made to the Clubhouse with proper toilets being constructed, together with a facility where the Ladies then had a comfortable changing room to use. The Gents still continued to use the wooden shed 'out back' to change, and you had to always make sure to kick the changing room door before you entered - and then wait 30 seconds. This wasn't to make sure that everyone was decently dressed, but to give enough time for the furry creatures and the local wildlife to disappear.........

Over the next 20 years saw more improvements made to the Clubhouse including the building of a kitchen, an extension to the bar cellar, and also a porta-kabin was bought in and placed in the grounds adjacent to the clubhouse. This was then used as the Gents changing room for a number of years until 1997.

With the improved Clubhouse facilities Buntingford Bowls Club were able to put a dartboard up in the Clubhouse and then they entered a Darts team where they competed against other Pubs and Social Clubs from the local and surrounding areas. Buntingford increased to two Darts teams soon after which meant the clubhouse was regularly used throughout the winter months. Darts bought the club some success with a number of trophies and Championships being fought for.

A few years later a Pool table was bought in and again Buntingford Bowls Club put together a team. They had some successful seasons against Pubs and Social Clubs from the local area.

With Pool and Darts ensuring the Clubhouse was regularly used, our revenue increased and every visiting team enjoyed coming to Buntingford Bowls Club as the prices behind our bar were much more favourable that at their own venues.....

Keeping the Bowls Green to a reasonable standard is always going to be a challenge, especially when the 'green' was laid nearly a hundred years ago. A number of members over the years volunteered to take on the role as 'Greenkeeper' and did their level best to maintain and cut the green. In 1982 and 1992 it wasn't possible for the green to be at its very best and this meant that in those seasons they were bought to an early close as the green had to be shut to allow time for the grass to recover ready for the following season.
Nowadays Buntingford Bowls Club pay contractors to do this work and this has taken much of the burden off the members. Over the years the green has improved, and in the most recent years it has improved significantly. Buntingford Bowls Club regularly hosts high profile County games and this is a testament to the success of some of the players playing at the highest level, but also to the hard work of the many that work on the green, the green surroundings and in the Clubhouse giving Buntingford Bowls Club a very high profile within the County of Hertfordshire.

In the mid 1990's upgrades were made to the green with the ditches being rebuilt and the green 'lifted' along each side. This was at a significant cost, however it was money well spent and improved the quality of the playing surface and surrounds.

In 1998, and with help and thanks from donations from some of the Club members at that time, and with the help of a substantial National Lottery grant, Buntingford Bowls Club were able to upgrade their facilities and build a completely new Clubhouse - and what a building we have now. Buntingford Bowls Club can now boast that they have a magnificent Clubhouse facility that ranks alongside some of the best in the Country.

Please visit the 'New Premises 1998' gallery to see photograph's of the reconstruction of the Clubhouse.

The new facilities allow social functions to be conducted in more comfortable surroundings and the Clubhouse can comfortably seat up to 60 guests. The Bowls club has a well stocked bar, ample sized cloak rooms with disabled facilities, and a large fully fitted kitchen. In 2017 the Buntingford Bowls Club Kitchen secured another '5 Star' hygeine rating again.

Buntingford Bowls Club is easily accessible and is a great venue for your meetings, presentations, private parties, birthdays and many, many other celebrations.

If you wish to book the Clubhouse for any Social event please contact the club through the email address: admin@buntingfordbowls.co.uk

The first thing you will notice nowadays about our green is the wonderful topiary that surrounds it. Stan Keen took on the task at the turn of the 21st century and continues to maintain it to this day. Of course he doesn't do it alone and thanks go to the many members that invest a huge amount of time with the upkeep.

Buntingford Bowls Club has a Past Members and a Current Members section on this website. Buntingford is very proud of its history and a number of records, and stats and facts are kept of our members over the years. Below is a record of the full membership:

The known Membership as at 22nd September 2017:

 - 93 Current Members

- 405 Past Members (283 Men and 122 Ladies)

We now know of 498 People that have joined Buntingford Bowls club since our Founded year of 1922.

Exact records weren't kept in the early years so there may be 1 or 2 missing. If you know of anybody missing from the list, please contact me on the email address: admin@buntingfordbowls.co.uk

Photograph's from the archives are regularly uploaded and each member both current and past, has their very own profile on this website. Where possible individual profile photographs have been uploaded and 83 of our 93 current members do have a photograph, whereas 189 of our 405 Past Members also have their photograph uploaded.

Our Life Members in alphabetical order by first name are:
Dave Jack, Eddie Plume, Eileen Stean, John Hicks, John Powell June Renney, Mary Lankester, Mary Smith, Richard Potter and Rosemary Webber.

History on the field of play

National Competitions:

I'm sure the ultimate aim for every club bowler that enters a competition is to qualify and compete at the Bowls England National Championships. This is no easy task as each player will have to battle through 7 or 8 rounds to reach a 'Major' County Final, that will then ensure qualification to the prestigious event. All 'Major' County finalists from the Counties across the Country qualify and you could say it's the 'best of the best' that make it through.
Qualifying means you will enter the National Championships at the round of Last 64 stage, (if going straight into the 1st Round), or for some there is also the added challenge of a Preliminary round to get through first.
There are also a few National Competitions that will also have the prize of qualifying through to the National Championships, but again battling through 7 or 8 rounds to get there is no mean feat.

The history tells us that Buntingford's focus on competitions was not centered around qualification for the National Championships via the County Competitions as the club tended to focus more on East Herts competitions. This meant that during the 20th Century Buntingford as a club did not have any players representing Hertfordshire at the Bowls England National Championships - but that was all to change once the 21st Century got underway......

The first few years into the 21st Century promised much with a HB County Semi Final appearance for a Buntingford player, and a few Quarter Final appearances in the HB County Pairs and HB County Fours, but they just couldn't make the final step -
 however this was evidence that the club were getting closer and closer to qualification and surely it was just a matter of time before they did.......

And then came the breakthrough......

Mark Plume, John Powell & Scott Wake had reached the County Triples Final in 2007 and Buntingford Bowls Club were then there competing with the very 'best of the best' at the Bowls England National Championships for the very first time - and what a momentous occasion it was! A 1st round match (Last 64 Nationally) against the Wiltshire Champions saw the 'Bunty Boys' win and reach the Last 32 in England. The next round didn't see the lads progress but this started it all for Buntingford and a new era began as everyone now had a taste for what 'real competition bowls' was all about. Qualification for the Bowls England National Championships was going to be the main aim for everyone from now on - and it certainly was.

The following year in 2008 and qualification for the Bowls England National Championships came again. This time via the County Fours for
Carl Frostick, John Powell, Mark Plume & Scott Wake. Unfortunately for John Powell, ill health meant he couldn't compete, but Roger Evans was able to come in and take his place. The 'Bunty Boys' beat a Nottinghamshire Four in the 1st Round (Last 64 Nationally) and then fell just 4 shots short in the next round. However, another massive achievement for Buntingford Bowls Club to be competing on a National stage.

Buntingford Bowls Club then had to wait until 2013 for their next appearance at the National Championships as
Carl Frostick competed in the National Mixed Fours. The rest of his four were made up of 2 Royston members (including Matt Coppen who began his bowls career at Buntingford) and 1 from Welwyn Garden City. Winning a number of early qualifying rounds meant they started the National Championships in the round of the Last 16, and after a close game bowed out to the eventual winners.

2014 now and Buntingford were back again at the Bowls England National Championships after
Bryan Davies, Ken Mulqueen, Peter Agnew & John Powell reached the final of the County Fours. A massive achievement for the lads as John Powell became the first player from Buntingford Bowls Club to reach 3 National Championships. Playing Cumbria in the 1st Round (Last 64 Nationally), they had former World Champion Andy Thompson playing on the rink next to them on one side, and the World number 4 Robert Paxton taking on the World number 11 Nicky Brett on the rink to the other side of them. The Bunty Boys pushed their Cumbrian opponents close but couldn't quite make it through their first game, but what a truely great experience for Buntingford Four and one they will never ever forget.

2015 and Buntingford were back again at the National Championships and produced one of the greatest performances by anyone from the County of Hertfordshire as
Carl Frostick, Scott Wake & Mark Plume reached the National Triples Semi-Finals. A thumping win over Durham in the 1st round, a 3 shot win over Oxfordshire in the 2nd round saw them into day two. A big win in their Last 16 game against Lancashire and a 2 shot victory in their Quarter Final match against Sussex took them into day 3 and the National Semi Finals. The Bunty Boys led their Semi Final match early on against Huntingdonshire, only to be pegged back as the game progressed. The last end saw Buntingford holding the shots required to take the game into the extra end, only for their opponents skip to play up a short bowl into the head and the Buntingford Boys bowed out. It was a emotional rollercoaster the whole way through the tournament for the supporters and players, and such a magnificent achievement that everyone should be truly proud of.

2016 and 4 years in a row for Buntingford, and
Mark Plume was back at the Bowls England National Championships for a record breaking fourth time. On this occasion it was with partner Peter Agnew in the National Pairs competition. Peter was competing for the second time. A comfortable 1st round win against Somerset saw them play Gloucestershire in the second round. This was a close encounter, but unfortunately the Bunty Boys could not overcome their oppponents and bowed out in the round of Last 32. Another great effort though.

7 Buntingford players have qualified for the Bowls England National Championships over the years, (with 8 actually playing) and they rightly add their names to the great history of our club. A massive well done and congratulations to 
Bryan Davies, Carl Frostick, John Powell, Ken Mulqueen, Mark Plume, Peter Agnew, Roger Evans and Scott Wake.

Buntingford Members have also come close to qualification aswell where they fell just 1 game short of reaching the National Finals:

Mark Plume (9 times): 
*Middleton Cup Quarter Finals - 1996, 1997, 1998, 2017
*Balcomb Trophy Quarter Finals - 2006, 2016
*National Champion of Champions Last 32 - 2014
*HB County Singles Semi Finals - 2004, 2017

Carl Frostick (3 times)
*Middleton Cup Quarter Finals - 2017
*National Mixed Fours - 2016
*HB County Singles - 2013 

Scott Wake (x1)
*Balcomb Trophy 2006

Garry Warrender (x1):
*HB County Pairs Semi Finals 2017

Ross Murphy (x1)
*HB County Pairs Semi Finals 2017

And who knows what the future may hold for Buntingford Bowls Club and its members over the coming years........

International Honours:

A former Member who began his career at Buntingford Bowls club has gone on to win International honours. Matthew Coppen joined the club at just 10 years old in 1999 when he took up the sport with his Grandad Roger Saxon. Matthew moved away in 2003 but has since gone on to win the Bowls England National Under 25 Singles, the British Isles Under 25 Singles, the Bowls England National Champion of Champions, and he has many Junior International Caps to his name - and it all started at Buntingford Bowls Club.

Scott Wake & Mark Plume were nominated for an England International trial in 2003, but on that occasion didn't make it though to the trial squad.
Mark Plume was also nominated for an England International Trial in 2017 but again didn't make the trial squad on that occasion.

Hertfordshire Bowls:

For any Club Bowler to represent your Club in Competition matches is somewhat of an achievement, to represent your County is a different matter altogether. There are County Friendly matches where the standard is just that 'Friendly'. The next step up is representing your County in the Eastern Counties League where the standard is high and competitive. Your aim from there is to be picked in the Hertfordshire Middleton Cup Squad. This is where the top 24 players are picked to play in a National Competition against the best players from other Counties. And from there, and only if you are considered to be one of the top 8 Bowlers in the County, you will have the honour of representing your County in the Balcomb Trophy. This is a National Competition against other Counties best players. The Middleton Cup and Balcomb Trophy games often see players competing against England Internationals and National Champions - where there are no easy games...... 

Buntingford were always just known as that 'Small Club from the East'. The club didn't have a Hertfordshire County profile and very little was known about Buntingford Bowls Club from outside of the East Area. In the mid 90's Mark Plume helped change all of that.....

Not only did Mark Plume win the clubs very first Hertfordshire County Trophy in 1995, but in 1996 Buntingford had their very first player selected in the Hertfordshire Middleton Cup Squad - A player from Buntingford was selected as one of the top 24 players in Hertfordshire - a truly exceptional honour. 
Mark Plume was Buntingford's sole representative for the next 5 years and during that time Buntingford had started to become more noticed on a County stage in Hertfordshire.
Wayne O'Flanagan then joined the history books when he was picked to play in the Middleton Cup in 2001 - his only participating year.  Mark Plume returned to the Middleton Cup squad in 2002 after a 2 year break, and was then joined by Scott Wake.
Both stayed in the team until 2013 when both Mark & Scott decided to take some well earned time out.

Buntingford had now become a real force in Hertfordshire Bowls and it was just the 'few' above that helped change things to the way we know our club is today.

Carl Frostick made it 4 players in total from Buntingford Bowls Club when he was selected in the Middleton Cup in 2013.
Mark Plume returned to the Middleton Cup Squad in 2016 and together with Carl Frostick and newcomer
Peter Agnew, created even more history for Buntingford Bowls Club by all being selected in the same team together. And in 2016 Mark Plume bowled the winning wood with his very last bowl to beat the current World Champion and World ranked number one player Nick Brett in their game against Huntingdonshire.
Garry Warrender joined Buntingford Bowls Club in in 2017 and along with Peter Agnew, Carl Frostick and Mark Plume they were selected in the Middleton Cup and it was the first time in the clubs history that 4 Buntingford players have all been selected to play in the same team.
Roger Evans in 2011 & 2012, and John Powell in 1997 both had Middleton Cup Trials and both were unlucky not to be selected. 
So that's 6 players in total from Buntingford Bowls Club that have played at the highest level for Hertfordshire in the Middleton Cup and who knows how many more will feature in the coming years....

The Balcomb Trophy squad consisting of the Top 8 players nowadays is very difficult to break into. This is especially so as back in 2003 it was just a Top Four competition. However, 
Scott Wake & Mark Plume did just that and represented Buntingford Bowls Club and Hertfordshire at the highest level. Both Scott and Mark were part of the Top Four team for the next 4 years, and were then selected again when the Balcomb Trophy changed to the Top 8 in 2007.
Being part of the Balcomb teams saw them never fail to reach the Regional Finals (Last 16 Nationally), and on one occasion they reached the National Quarter Finals where unfortunately they just fell just short of reaching the Bowls England National Semi Finals.
In 2016 Mark Plume was picked again to play in the Balcomb Trophy and again reached the National Quarter Finals. This time Hertfordshire unfortunately fell short again. 2017 and Mark Plume was selected again, and this time as Skip, and after winning their first game, the Hertfordshire team bowed out at the Regional Finals stage.

In the Middleton Cup and Balcomb Trophy matches time the Bunty Boys played against some significant figures in World Bowls:
They faced the 2006 World champion Mervyn King no less than 5 times - winning 3 of those matches. Mark has played against the 2017 World Champion Nicky Brett. Both Mark and Scott have met World number three Mark Royal on 2 occasions, winning both games. They've also faced World Number 14 Jamie Chetsney and England International Captain John Rednall. They've come up against a number of National Champions, National Finalists and England Internationals with a great deal of success over the years - and there are hopefully many more years to come.

It is fair to say that from the mid-90's Buntingford Bowls Club had become a true force in competitive bowls throughout the County of Hertfordshire, and a lot of thanks and gratitude is owed to the few that made the initial breakthrough.

There have been 22 Buntingford Bowls Club Members that have represented Hertfordshire (19 Men, 3 Ladies). Mark Plume holds the record with 149 games played across Balcomb Trophy matches, Middleton Cup matches and Eastern Counties League matches, with just the 1 Friendly game. Scott Wake is second with 94 games played across Balcomb Trophy matches, Middleton Cup matches and Eastern Counties League matches, with just 4 Friendly matches. Stuart Robertson comes in third with 91 games (all Friendlies).

Andy Iles, Carl Frostick, Mark Plume, Scott Wake and Wayne O'Flanagan have all represented Buntingford Bowls Club and Hertfordshire on many, many occasions over a number of years in the Eastern Counties Under 30's League playing against other Counties.

Buntingford Bowls Club member
Stuart Robertson became the Hertfordshire County President in 1973 and this really is a great honour to hold this position.

Hertfordshire County Competitons:

As a Club Buntingford didn't really focus on Hertfordshire County competitions until the mid-1990's when they first entered the County League competition. This competition is initially split into the 4 areas of Hertfordshire with the games in the East Area played on a League basis with 2 groups. The winner of each group then competes in the East Area League Cup Final, with the winners progressing and competing on behalf of the 'East Area' in the County League Semi Finals and Final.
Buntingford first entered this competition in 1995 and history was made as they won the East Area Cup in their very first year. The team that day was:
George Davison, Bert Cherrington, Eddie Plume, Mark Plume; Scott Wake, Dave Jack, John Powell and John Carter. That 1995 team wasn't able to go on and win the 'County League', but this was the start of some real success in the years to come.
Buntingford Bowls Club have won the East Area Cup a record 8 times in total: 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017. The club have also been Runners up 3 times in 2004, 2013 & 2015.

Success in the Hertfordshire County League did come in 2005 with what can only be described as the
Club's greatest honour as they were crowned County League Champions. The team on that day were: Dave Menzies, Ken Mulqueen, Mark Plume, Scott Wake; John Stone, John Hicks, Eddie Plume and John Powell.
Success followed again in 2014 with Buntingford Bowls club being crowned Hertfordshire County League Champions for a second time. The team was:
Roger Evans, Carl Frostick, Scott Wake, Mark Plume; Bryan Davies, Ken Mulqueen, Peter Agnew and John Powell.

Mark Plume won the club's very first individual County Honour when he became Hertfordshire County Under 30 Singles Champion in 1995. Mark won the trophy 4 times in total with further successes coming in 1996, 1997 and 2001 - and today this still remains as a Hertfordshire County record in this competition for most number of Championships won by any individual.
Scott Wake won the County Under 30 Singles in 2004, and Carl Frostick won the County Under 30 Championship in 2012.
There were also Final Appearances for Mark Plume (2000) and Scott Wake (2001) as both finished Runners Up.
Mark Plume reached 3 County Under 30 Singles Semi Finals in 1993, 1994 & 1999. Carl Frostick also reached 3 Semi Finals in the years 2010, 2011 & 2013. Scott Wake was a Semi Finalist in the year 2000, and
Andy iles reached the Semi Finals twice in the 1992 and again in 2001.
These massive achievements set by Mark Plume, Scott Wake, Andy iles and Carl Frostick make Buntingford Bowls Club the most successful club of all time in this competition.

The Hertfordshire County Triples won in 2007 by Mark Plume, John Powell and Scott Wake was a historic event with the first players from Buntingford to ever win a 'Major County Competition'.
Mark Plume & Peter Agnew won the Hertfordshire County Pairs in 2016 - another historic first for Buntingford Bowls Club.
Carl Frostick, John Powell, Mark Plume and Scott Wake were Runners Up in the County Fours in 2008.
Bryan Davies, Ken Mulqueen, Peter Agnew and John Powell were Runners Up in the County Fours in 2014.
Carl Frostick, Scott Wake and Mark Plume were Runners up in the County Triples in 2015.
All of the above players secured qualification for the Bowls England National Championships by reaching their respective finals.

In 2014 Peter Agnew made history when he became the first Buntingford Bowls Club player to win the County Unbadged Singles Competition.
Mark Plume was Runner Up in the County Under 25 Singles in 1995 and this has been our only Buntingford finalist in this competition.

East Herts Bowls Association:

Three Buntingford Bowls Club members have had the honour of becoming East Herts Bowls Association President: Stuart Robertson in 1970, Eddie Plume in 1994 and Dick Hollington in the year 2001. Tony Duffin will take office as President in 2018.

East Herts Bowls Association Competitions:

Buntingford Bowls Club's first Team success came in 1965 when the club won the Lyndhurst Trophy (a two Triples competition). It wasn't until 40 years later that the club won the same trophy again. The club has then continued to be successful in this competition since that year of 2005 with further victories.
The Thurgood Cup (a Two Fours competition) was first won by Buntingford as late as 2014. And in 2016 Buntingford Bowls Club completed the unique and rare 'EHBA Club Double' after winning both the Lyndhurst Trophy and the Thurgood Cup in the same season. In 2017 the 'EHBA Club Double' was achieved again, and adding the East Area Cup to those 2 trophies ensured they held all 3 'East' trophies in the same season for the second year in their history. Only one other club has held all 3 trophies together - and Buntingford's Men have now done it twice!

Buntingford have enjoyed much success in all of the Individual East Herts Bowls Association competitions by winning a number of honours in: The Champion of Champions (x4), Singles (x1), Officers Singles (x1), Two Wood Pairs (x2), Pairs (x3), Triples (x2) and the Fours (x3). Buntingford have also been Runners up a number of times in those competitions mentioned above aswell. The only competition the club hasn't won is the Mixed Pairs, but the club has come close when in 2016 Buntingford reached the Final going down by just 1 shot on the very last end.

East Herts District Women's Bowls Association:

Jenny Hawes became the very first member from Buntingford Bowls Club to be President of this Association when she took office in 2017.

East Herts District Women's Bowls Association Competitions:

Dinah Geere is our history maker after winning the first and only external competition for Buntingford Bowls Club after being crowned EHDWBA Millennium Singles Cup Champion in 2016. This after being Runner up in the same competition 5 years earlier in 2011. Dinah's success remains as the club's one and only external honour.

The Buntingford Ladies did however make history by reaching their first ever Team competition in 2011 when they were Runners Up in the Anniversary Cup. This is a 'Top Six' competition with a Singles, Pairs and Triples being played. The team was:
Mary Smith, Jenny Hawes, Dinah Geere, Val Moules, Beat Stone and Rosemary Webber.

Buntingford's Ladies also play in the Monday Evening League. Although not affiliated to any Association or the EHDWBA, many of the clubs that play out of this area also play in the League. Buntingford's Ladies have been successful by winning the League Title no less than 6 times. A fantastic achievement and again who knows how many more titles the Buntingford Ladies could win....

East Herts Bowls League Competitions:

The East Herts Bowls League has been running for 100 years or so, and Buntingford's first success dates back to 1924 when they won the Fours Conpetition. The following year in 1925 they won the Pairs, and in 1926 Buntingford Bowls Club were crowned League Division One Champions.
Mers Stean had success in the Secretaries Singles Cup in 1975 and again in 1976. Jeff Stean, son of Mers Stean won the Singles Championship in 1977, but as a club we have had no further individual success since then.
The Ranson Cup (a Two Fours Competition) was first won by Buntingford Bowls Club 2002. This is their one and only Championship title in this competition. The historic team on that day were:
Roger Saxon, Bert Cherrington, Scott Wake, Wayne O'Flanagan; George Davison, John Powell, Geoff Green and Mark Plume. The Club also had a further final appearance back in 2009.
The Bowls League proved popular amongst members and in 2012 to accomodate all of the players interested in playing, two teams were entered into the Bowls League. This proved a wise decision as in 2017 the '
Buntingford Bears' won the EHBL Division Three Championship. Buntingford had come close to success before when they were Runners up in the same division back in 2008.

The Royal British Legion Competitions:

Although the Royal British Legion is not an affiliated Association, history was made by Eileen and Mers Stean in 1990 after they were crowned National Royal British Legion Mixed Pairs Champions. This really is a magnificent achievement.

Buntingford Bowls Club Competitions:

Internal Competition records date back to 1929 for the Men, and 1955 for the Ladies. Only 14 Players in the Club's history have achieved the 'Club Grand Slam'. This is winning the Club Championship Singles, Club Handicap Singles, Club Four Wood Pairs and Club Two Wood Pairs. Ron Bown is the only player to win the 'Club Grand Slam' in the same season after winning all 4 competitions in 1983.
Only 4 other players have reached all four 'Club Grand Slam' finals in the same season:
Mark Plume (2004), Rosemary Webber (2006), Debbie Marks (2014) and Scott Wake (2016).

I hope you have enjoyed reading this comprehensive review about this great club of ours. Buntingford Bowls Club is really special to each and every member that has been part of its success over the years. But please remember............

"The main thing is still to make History,
not just to write about it.........."


Past Presidents

Presidents of the Associations
Hertfordshire Bowls East Herts Bowls Association EH District Womens Bowls Association
1973   Stuart Robertson 2018   Tony Duffin 2017   Jenny Hawes
2001   Dick Hollington
1994   Eddie Plume
1970   Stuart Robertson
Buntingford Bowls Club Past Presidents
2017 Jenny Hawes 2018
2014 John Hicks 2015 John Stone 2016 Jenny Hawes
2011 Bryan Renney 2012 Eddie Plume 2013 Mary Smith
2008 Eddie Plume 2009 John Powell 2010 John Powell
2005 Rosemary Webber 2006 Rosemary Webber 2007 Eddie Plume
2002 Peter Auders 2003 Peter Auders 2004 Dave Jack
1999 Peter Ewins 2000 Dave Jack 2001 Dave Jack
1996 Denny Webb 1997 Eddie Plume 1998 Eddie Plume
1993 Wally Kidd 1994 Wally Kidd 1995 Denny Webb
1990 Roger Garratt 1991 Roger Garrratt 1992 Roger Garratt
1987 Mers Stean 1988 Ron Bown 1989 Roger Garratt
1984 Les Instone 1985 Les Instone 1986 Mers Stean
1981 Tom Gray 1982 Frank Bardwell 1983 Frank Bardwell
1978 Tom Gray 1979 William Hudgell 1980 Eddie Futter
1975 Merv Corp 1976 Merv Corp 1977 Fred Boniwell
1972 Merv Corp 1973 Merv Corp 1974 Merv Corp
1969 Frank Cannon 1968 Frank Cannon No Presidents prior to this date
Timeline of the significant events in the
History of Buntingford Bowls Club
1914 Bowls was first played in the Town of Buntingford in Hertfordshire.
1919 Two rinks were formed in the grounds of Layston Cottage, Buntingford.
1922 Buntingford Bowls Club was officially founded.
1924 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first ever external competition:
East Herts Bowls League Fours.
1926 Buntingford Bowls Club moved to its current home of Wyddial Road, Buntingford.
1926 Buntingford Bowls Club are crowned East Herts Bowls League Division One Champions.
1947 Buntingford Bowls Club is officially elected to the Hertfordshire Bowls Association.
1955 Buntingford Bowls Club formed the Ladies Section.
1965 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first EHBA Team Championship:
Lyndhurst Trophy Champions.
1968 Buntingford Bowls Club win their very first EHBA Individual Competition:
EHBA Two Wood Pairs Champions Bernie Ansell & Frank Bardwell.
1970 Buntingford Bowls Club have their very first East Herts Bowls Association President:
Stuart Robertson.
1973 Buntingford Bowls Club have their very first Hertfordshire County President:
Stuart Robertson.
1974 Improvements were made to the Clubhouse with new Changing rooms and toilets fitted.
1977 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first ever EHBL Singles Championship:
Jeff Stean.
1983 Buntingford Bowls Club's first ever 'Club Grand Slam' completed in the same season:
Ron Bown wins the Club Singles, Handicap Singles, Four Wood Pairs & Two Wood Pairs.
1984 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first EHBA Champions of Champions:
Tom Gray
1987 Buntingford Bowls Club win their very first Ladies Monday Evening League Championship:
1988 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first EHBA Singles Championship:
Martin Watson.
1990 Buntingford Bowls Club win National Honours in the Royal British Legion Mixed Pairs:
Eileen Stean & Mers Stean.
1994 Buntingford Bowls Club have their second East Herts Bowls Association President:
Eddie Plume.
1994 The Bowls Green was raised on all sides and new ditches were built.
1995 Buntingford Bowls Club win their first ever East Area League Cup Final.
1995 Buntingford Bowls Club win its first ever Hertfordshire Bowls County Competition:
Mark Plume is the County Under 30 Singles Champion.
1996 Buntingford Bowls Club officially becomes a 'Mixed Club':
The club vote to integrate both the Ladies section and the Men's section into 'One Club'.
1996 Buntingford have its first ever representative in the Hertfordshire Middleton Cup Squad:
Mark Plume.
1997 Mark Plume wins a record 3rd consecutive Hertfordshire Bowls County Under 30 Singles.
1997 Buntingford Bowls Club secure a National Lottery Grant to construct a new Clubhouse.
1998 Construction of the new Buntingford Bowl Clubhouse is completed.
This was then officially opened by the Bowls England President.
2000 The topiary around the green begins to take shape thanks to club member Stan Keen.
2001 Buntingford Bowls Club have their third East Herts Bowls Association President:
Dick Hollington.
2002 Buntingford have their first ever representatives in the Hertfordshire Balcomb Trophy.
Scott Wake and Mark Plume.
2002 Buntingford Bowls Club win the EHBL Ranson Cup for the very first time.
2003 Buntingford Bowls Club Players nominated for a Bowls England International Trial:
Scott Wake and Mark Plume.
2005 Buntingford win their very first Major Hertfordshire Bowls County Competition:
Men's County League Champions.
2006 Buntingford Bowls Club's first ever 'Club Grand Slam' Ladies Finalist in the same season:
Rosemary Webber reaches the final of the Singles, Handicap, 4 Wood & 2 Wood Pairs.
2007 Buntingford Bowls Club win its first ever Hertfordshire Bowls County Triples Competition
Mark Plume, Scott Wake & John Powell
2007 Buntingford have their first competitors at the Bowls England National Championships:
Mark Plume, John Powell & Scott Wake play in the National Triples and reach the last 32.
2008 Buntingford play at the Bowls England National Championships in the National Fours:
Roger Evans, Carl Frostick, Mark Plume and Scott Wake reach the last 32.
2011 Buntingford Bowls Club Ladies reach their very first team EHDWBA Competition Final:
The Anniversary Cup.
2012 Mark Plume plays his 100th County match for Hertfordshire representing Buntingford.
2012 Buntingford Bowls Club enter two teams into the East Herts Bowls League:
The Buntingford Bears' and 'The Buntingford Bulls'
2013 Buntingford play at the Bowls England National Championships in the Mixed Fours:
Carl Frostick and his four reach the last 16.
2014 Buntingford play at the Bowls England National Championships in the National Fours:
Bryan Davies, Ken Mulqueen, Peter Agnew and John Powell reach the last 64.
2014 Buntingford win their second Major Hertfordshire Bowls County Competition:
Men's County League Champions.
2016 Buntingford Bowls Club win its first ever Hertfordshire Bowls Unbadged Singles Title:
Peter Agnew.
2015 Buntingford play at the Bowls England National Championships in the National Triples:
Carl Frostick, Scott Wake and Mark Plume reach the National Triples Semi Finals.
2016 Buntingford Bowls Club win its first ever Hertfordshire Bowls County Pairs Competition:
Peter Agnew & Mark Plume.
2016 Buntingford play at the Bowls England National Championships in the National Pairs:
Peter Agnew & Mark Plume reach the last 32.
2016 Buntingford Bowls Club complete their first ever EHBA 'Club Double':
Lyndhurst Trophy Champions and the Thurgood Cup Champions in the same season.
2016 Buntingford Bowls Club win its first ever East Herts District Women's BA Competition:
Dinah Geere wins the EHDWBA Millennium Singles.
2016 Mark Plume plays in his 100th Competition Final.
2017 Buntingford Bowls Club complete their second consecutive EHBA 'Club Double':
Lyndhurst Trophy Champions and the Thurgood Cup Champions in the same season.
2017 Buntingford have their very first East Herts Women's District Bowls Assoc. President:
Jenny Hawes.
2017 Buntingford Bowls Club reach their 10th East Area League Cup Final.
2017 Buntingford Bears win the East Herts Bowls League Division Three Championship.
2017 Buntingford Bowls Club Player nominated for a Bowls England International Trial:
Mark Plume
2017 Buntingford have their very first East Herts BA Officers Singles Champion:
Bryan Davies

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