Steeple Bumpstead Bowls League

The League was founded in 1946 at a meeting at the Lion Hotel, Steeple Bumpstead. Records show that a dance had been held in April of that year which had raised six pounds twelve shillings and each of the six founding teams had paid ten shillings and sixpence as a joining fee to launch the league on a sound financial footing. The founders were two teams from Haverhill Town, two from Steeple Bumpstead, together with Castle Camps and Stoke-by-Clare.

Today the league comprises 28 teams in three divisions form 17 clubs and serves an area which includes north west Essex, east Suffolk and south east Cambridgeshire and stretches form Clavering and Quendon in the west to Sudbury in the east. League matches of mixed triples are played on Friday evenings with Cup matches on Mondays. The Walter Smith Cup is an open competition for all teams, while each division has its own knock out cup.

The league also runs singles, pairs, triples and mixed pairs competitions throughout the season with a Finals Day on the first Sunday in September and a Champs versus The Rest game on the following Saturday to conclude the season and present the trophies. One of the reasons for the popularity of the league in the area that it serves is that it offers mixed bowling. In our experience lady bowlers welcome the opportunity to match their skills against the gentlemen and demonstrate not only their equality but also, at times, their superiority.

The league’s aim is to flourish on a mixture of good company and wholehearted competition.

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