Club History

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History of Erewash Indoor Bowls Club

The EIBC was first hoped to be opened at Trent Lock and on the site of the Steamboat Public House around about the time of January 1978, luckily planning permission was not granted, so a new location was sought, after much head scratching and searching by the Founding Chairman Mr Samuel C. Summers Esquire, it was thought that the recently closed open air swimming pool at Grange Park Long Eaton might be a suitable site, although other sports clubs such as the Long Eaton Sub-Aqua Club and the Long Eaton Pistol Shooting Club along with Grange Park Football Club were also hoping that they may also be able to use the site?



The old pool entrance


Swimmers in the old pool


So in April 1980 Sam Summers starts to rally support from local bowls clubs and club members to champion the idea, he also starts to chase members of Erewash Borough Council to support his idea, he estimates the expected cost of such a plan and in August 1980 of Erewash Borough Council agree that the idea to create a bowling club is a feasible plan, but it is not until November 1980 that the Council finally agree to give their full backing that the creation of the Erewash Indoor Bowling Club can go ahead. In January 1981 Sam Summers starts to try and raise funding for the project and in very tough times of the last recession of the late seventies and early eighties with businesses and Industry reducing working hours and their work forces his task is not easy as his first goal was to raise £30,000 so that he could get a promise of funding from the council to help get the building project off of the ground, it was estimated that the final build cost would be in the region of £170,000 no mean task given that it was 1981, all of the local bowls clubs in the area rallied round and started to plan fund raising projects, funding was sought from the sports council the England Bowling Association and the England Bowling Federation, Local Businesses and Local Industry were struggling to make ends meet, the Committee was formed and shareholders were sought. In June 1982 Erewash Borough Council finally agree the plans for the new six rink club, but it is not until January 1982 that the Building preparations are to finally start, during that year fund raising really takes off and by now it is realised that the build cost is going to exceed £200,000 in March 1983 a 99 year lease is granted and building commences.


The Build of the clubhouse commences



With the building programed to complete later in 1983 the first executive committee meet to plan the big opening ceremony, the meeting of the committee takes place that summer in the pavilion at West Park Long Eaton and the first Annual General Meeting is planned to be held at the Zingari Club Long Eaton on the 15th September 1983, membership increases and the Grand opening of the EIBC takes place over three days on the 9th, 10th and 11th of September 1983.




Roof on Rinks go in 1983




First Bowls are Bowled

Grand opening of the EIBC takes place over three days on the 9th, 10th and 11th of September 1983.



The Old Bar opens for business September 1983



This History of the Erewash Indoor Bowling Club has been compiled by John Jones (2014)

from documents held by the club.