HISTORY of the “EAST SURREY BOWLS LEAGUE”
mid-eighties in the clubhouse at Old Coulsdon Bowling Club the
members spent many an hour discussing the merits of forming a league
for local bowling clubs.
Committee decided to invite some of the local clubs to a meeting on
April 1986 with the view to forming a league.
supported the idea and the “East Surrey Bowls League” was formed.
Two Old Coulsdon
BC members Don Stanley and Roy Capey an ex-Football League referee of
some note were the prime movers for starting a league and went on to
be the first elected President and Chairman respectively of the newly
formed “East Surrey Bowls League”
clubs were Caterham, Chipstead (withdrew 1993-1999), Godstone
(withdrew 2014), Old Coulsdon, Redhill (withdrew 1988), Shirley Park
and Wallington Bowling Clubs.
Later that year
on the 20th
September the clubs were joined by Bletchingley BC and Epsom BC to
become the leagues nine Founder Members.
commenced playing league games in the 1987 season.
An Inter-Club knockout competition
called the “ESL Top Ten” was successfully introduced into the
playing programme in 1997.
With the growth
of competitive competition the ESL Member Clubs have increased in
number with the introduction of Cheam Fields BC and Horley BC
(1989), Ashtead BC and Sutton BC (1990), Purley BC (1994), Dorking
(2006), Warlingham Park BC (2008), Purley Bury BC in 2009, Cheam BC
and Croydon BC (2015) bringing the strength of the league up to 17
The popular Don
Stanley remained the President for 11 years and shortly after
stepping down from the position was granted the title of Honorary
Life Vice President.
Roy Capey held
the Office of Chairman for 13 years until 1999. The Chairman’s
responsibility of maintaining the excellent reputation of the League
passed to Bill Ellis who continued to lead his hard working Committee
for the next 13 years to success, growth and enhancement of the
status of the ESL within Surrey County Bowling circles.
The ESL has been
blessed through the years with a number of very professional League
Secretaries, Presidents, Chairman and more recently Web Masters who
have all contributed to making the League possibly the best run
league in the County.
Since 2013, at
the request of the Member clubs the present committee of President
Trevor Pocock, Chairman Vic Painter, Secretary Paul King and Web guru
Alan Huxtable continued on with the work of former Delegate Ron Snow
to arrive at a template that will see the East Surrey League move
into the next phase of its development as the premier league in the
county. David Popejoy became Social Sec. in November 2015.
As a further
innovation in 2015 the league split into 2 divisions with promotion
Officers joined the league in November 2016 increasing the Member
club total to 18.