War, as someone once said,
seems to consisit of long periods of boredom and inactivity interspersed with
brief spells of violent and usually highly dangerous activity.

That was the situation that
a group of Civil Defence and Ambulance staff found themselves in the year of
1942. to their credit, they decided to do something to fill the boring hours.

What they did decide, was to
build a bowls green. nothing spectacular, just a one rink green green to pass
the time. Their first problem was to find a piece of land on which to build. As
luck would have it, there was a piece of land vacant next to the tennis courts
where the fire and ambulance stations now stand.

The land, owned by Mrs
Winch, of the brewery fame, gave her permission for the green to be built, not only
that, she gave permission for the one rink green to become a two rink green.
the men bagan work, and, after much labour, struggles and not a few
swear-words, the two rink green emerged.

The first suggested name for
the green was "The Civil Defence Bowls Club" and though adopted for a
short while was soon abandoned in favour of "The Stratton House Bowls
Club", a name that lasted for the next ten years.

A committee was formed and
the first Captain and Match Secretary was a Mr Ted Wood, a name that many a
current club member is very familiar with. Ted, along with the newly formed
committee, drew up a rule book, designed a club badge and confirmed that the
joining fee was two shillings. (for the benefit of those younger readers that
is 10p)

By 1946, the club, thanks to
the good offices of Mrs Winch, now had four rinks and a splendid pavilion. As
both membership and skills increased, Ted and his committee began to think of
higher things. County recognition, no less!!!! Bedfordshire County Bowls
Association was approached and a Mr Sydney Crawley of the E.B.A. and Bedford
Borough B.C. visited the green to make an assessment of the green and general
facilities. It was decided that the club could be accepted into the county,
subject to certain conditions.

Though the green was
suitable for friendly and non-competitive games, it didn't conform to county
specifications for competitive matches. Therefore, any competitive games that
Statton House B.C. entered had to be played away on their opponent's green.

In 1952, the council bought
the piece of land in Drove Road, a green was laid and play started
in 1954. Biggleswade Town Bowls Club had a new home and name.

The first singles champion
was Dave Stallan, a feat he repeated on many occasions. He also went to
represent Bedforshire at Worthing about 14 times and was the oldest man ever to win a County Championship. A great guy to who we should all
look up, an inspiration to one and all.


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