Founded in 1907 Luton Town Bowling Club is the third oldest Flat Green Bowling Club in Bedfordshire, having celebrated its Centenary in 2007, yet it remains forward thinking and imaginative. We were one of the first clubs in Bedfordshire to adopt coloured shirts as an alternative to the more traditional white… and we were also the first outdoor bowling club in the county to set up a Web Site.
We will be very pleased to hear from potential new members, male or female of any age or ability. We are a friendly club with ambition, but don't take our word for it, join and find out for yourself.
The 2016 season is now well underway and thus far has produced a mixed bag of results. After a good opening win in the County League Div 1 game against Houghton Regis the Club was brought back down to earth in the following game with an unexpected defeat away to Barton. But, as always, we picked ourselves up and recorded consecutive wins against Maulden, Bedford Borough and crucially Sandy Conservatives. The margin of victory against the latter (9-0) means that the Club is now in the driving seat in Div 1 and victories in the forthcoming games against Henlow and Stotfold should secure the Div 1 title again for the tenth time in 13 years, a fantastic achievement by any standards.
Sadly our participation in the Top Club and National Two Fours competitions was restricted to 1st Round exits at the hands of Sandy Conservatives (away) and Maulden (away) respectively. Both matches went to the wire and could have gone either way up to the last wood being bowled.
In the County Competitions Steve Brewer, Andy Geddes, Rollie Cawdell and Roger Manning made it through to the Quarter-Finals of the Fours only to lose out to Houghton Regis who subsequently went on to reach the Final. However, hopes remain high in the Triples were we are guaranteed a Triple in the Semi-Final given that Jack Cawdell, Jim Allen and Tom Cawdell find themselves drawn against John Pinnock, Eddie Swann and Dave Taylor in the Quarter-Finals to be played on Sunday, 3 July at Kempston. The Pairs and Singles competitions are now underway and the Club has the potential to do well in both competitions so watch this space.
However, without doubt the highlight of the Season thus far was Jonny Stokes selection for the Disability Bowls England Team at the Home International Series in Scotland in June. Jonny’s progression since his move from Luton Coop to LTBC in 2014 has been dramatic to say the least. Jonny featured regularly in the Clubs winning teams in the Harmsworth Cup, Pell Shield and Div 1 League title successes last Season which combined with him coming Runner Up in the County Tompkins Cup (singles) has led to Trials earlier this year for the County’s Middleton Cup Team. Whilst England did not win the Home Series Jonny’s performances should secure him a place in the England Team next year. This is a great honour both for himself and Luton Town Bowling Club of which Jonny should feel justifiably proud.
More news to follow in July with hopefully more success to report.
Shoots, shoots, shoots!!!!!!