Opened in 1920, Chilton Bowls Clubs was said, at the time, to be one of the best in the county.
Not only because of the quality of the bowling green surface but also because of the impressive club that was attached (later to become The Poacher’s Pocket).
However, for some reason, after the war, interest in bowls decreased, the bowling stopped, and the green was left to deteriorate.
It wasn’t until the early 1980s that Ted Walker, after his retirement, worked on restoring the green and, by the end of the decade, had brought it back to playing condition.
The Chilton Club had continued to thrive during this time, albeit no longer bowling and several former members showed an interest in playing bowls again, and that was the start of the present-day club. The founder members included Norma and John Rolfe, Terry and Wyn Sparks, Ted Walker, and Les Willey, as well as several people from surrounding villages who were all members of the Chilton Club.
It proved to be very successful, and in the early 1990s, the bowling club decamped to the bottom lawn (which had been the tennis court) and continued to play whilst the bowling green was ripped up, automatic watering installed and a new bowling green laid with the help of money raised through fundraising events and a lot of hard work.
These pictures show the work being carried out during that time.