Hemel Hempstead Bowls Club
Updated: Nov 2014
The club was officially founded in 1920, although there is evidence to suggest the name "Hemel Hempstead Bowls Club" was first used in 1912 when a piece of land in Randalls Park was levelled to provide a public two rink bowls green.
An inaugural meeting launched the club, elected Mrs Randall as President, and the first game was played on 28th May 1913. They had 40 men members although it was envisaged that it would eventually be a mixed club.
The 1914-18 war depleted the membership to such an extent that after a couple of years the early Hemel Hempstead Bowls Club ceased to exist.
The Old House in Queensway had been used to house German prisoners of war. During their stay they had, for 6d an hour, levelled and laid out a three rink bowling green behind the property. The green at Randells Park was too dilapidated, so the remaining members of the club agreed to transfer to the Old House.
The club moved to its current location in May 1974, using what is now the adjacent public green. A couple of years later (1976) the club pavilion was completed and the club switched to its present green. The pavilion has been gradually extended over the years reaching its present size in 1995.