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Peter Brackfield

Starting my bowling career in 1980 after my father gave me his set of bowls, I joined Malden and Coombe BC for 2 years then moved to Guildford when I married Pauline and we both joined Astolat BC in 1982. Again moving to Haslemere joining HBC in 1985. I became Secretary about 4 years later and carried on in that capacity for 19 years and then Captain for the obligatory 2 years.
In addition to my active role in the new club pavilion, I have involved myself as a commitee member, working parties for ground and maintenance, and was pleased to be made a club life member in 2010. I was surprised that my name had been put forward for the Leopard Award which I was honoured to receive whilst on the green as Captain by Derick Homes President of Surrey County Bowling Association.


Richard is a respected bowler and also a keen golfer. As well as making a significant contribution to the club's success in external competitions, Richard has been the club's Treasurer and also active in ensuring the club's green is kept in good order liaising with the green maintenance contractor. He is joined by his wife Anne, who is also an active member since they joined in 2013.


Richard Carn


Christine Ewing

I have been proud to be a member of the Haslemere Bowling Club for about 25 years. I never thought that bowls would have become such a large and happy part of my life. At my first attempt to play under a friend's instruction, I hit the jack and thought this is easy but soon discovered that there was much more to playing a full game! I quickly became intrigued by the many tactics and skills involved. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I was hooked! And then there were the legendary bowls match teas! Come and try the game, you won't regret it!


Like my husband Peter I have also been actively involved in playing bowls since the 80's. After joining the HBC I introduced a ladies section and was involved in numerous Surrey Ladies fixtures and competitions with many outside clubs and also serving as the club President and Captain.
My involvement in the club's social activities have included organising a Grand Raffle for the club's annual dinners and competition trophy presentations, which unfortunately we couldn't hold for 2020 due to the coronavirus. The Club has always encouraged and welcomed new Members and I am sure they will enjoy and share our sport of lawn bowls.
(photo extracted from HBC 100 years celebration group photo)


Pauline Brackfield


John Greenfield

Hi everyone I hope you are all keeping safe during this Coronavirus pandemic I myself am fine. I do hope the club can survive this crisis and soon get back to the full enjoyment of playing lawn bowls, I am sure this will happen if we all pull together. I joined the club in 1976 have had many successes and have been honoured by becoming a club Life Member. During my years at the club I have met nice people and made many friends. I have seen a lot of changes in the club like the new pavilion, planting of hedges, paved paths and the introduction of a full green watering irrigation system, this was all done by members pulling together. I may not now be active bowling but will continue to support the club in any way I can.
Best wishes to all John.



Andy Chalmers

I grew up in Haslemere and my grandfather was an avid lawn bowls player for Haslemere. After he passed away, I thought I would follow in his footsteps and venture up to Haslemere Bowls Club on their open day with my good friend and right hand man on the bowls rink, Joe Dempsey. It was not long before we truly fell in love with the game.
Anyone that thinks you must be above a certain age to play lawn bowls is wrong. At age 21, Joe and myself have intense games, not only against opponents from other clubs but against each other. It is an art, with so much to be learnt. We had a enjoyable first season with some seriously nail biting game finishers and we are eager to come into the next season strong. Ready to learn from the veteran players as well as push each other to improve our game. I can not recommend coming up to the club more and giving lawn bowls a go. It is an incredibly welcoming environment with some very knowledgeable and great bowls players.


Joe Dempsey

Having joined the Club in 2018 following a house move from Cornwall I was made most welcome at this friendly club. I joined the committee in 2018 and took on the task of Membership Secretary. For 2022 I have also accepted the additional role club Captain having,learnt the ropes as Vice-Captain.
It has been a challenging time due to COVID but the Club is now ready to return to normality in undertaking friendly and league games and renew acquaintances with other local Clubs.


Peter Wallace


Gary Clark

Gary has been the club captain for three years and remains as the club's 3 counties representative. He is joined by his wife Sandra who as well as a keen bowls player has been the club secretary and taken a significant role in the social side of the club. They both have had success in winning club competitions and among Gary's achievements was being a member of the Holbrook Cup winning team in 2017.


Errol joined the club in 2018 and with his Australian roots, added to the colonial influence at the club which now makes up about 15% of the club membership. Errol is a keen golfer and from a beginner has quickly become proficient at lawn bowls and enjoys this additional outdoor sport with the club's friendly relaxed atmosphere. He is an active member of the club committee and this year continues as the club's Match Secretary and club Treasurer.


Errol Poultney


Judy Rix

My first introduction to bowling was at the invitation of my homestay host in New Zealand where there were 12 artificial rinks and a professional manager living on site. After a couple of years playing Short Mat Bowls with the Haslemere U3A, I yearned to have a greater challenge by playing outside, having a great love of the outdoors no matter what the weather.
In my first year with Haslemere Bowling Club I was encouraged to participate in the club competitions and was part of the winning triples team and have become a successful lawn bowler. I now have an active role in the running of the club as Club President and for this and last year have also organised an "Introduction to lawn bowling" course for the local U3A.


Most members will be making a cautious return to the green, attempting to rid themselves from the shackles of "Covid", hoping for a full and enjoyable season of bowling. Having missed the 2020 season, it certainly is a treat to be back. Mixing with and taking up old rivalries with our "friendly foes" is an exciting prospect and I am now looking forward to being the club's Vice-Captain.
Lets make this a successful season, we can't wait to welcome fellow bowlers to Haslemere.


Koos Engelbrecht


Brian Archbold

Time flies when I realised that I have been a member of the club for 15 years and it's now my 6th year as the club Competition Secretary. This has not taken up as much of my time as usual for 2020 due to the Covid problem when normal club competitions were not possible. We did however run a Round Robin competition and it was good to see one of our youngest members reach this competition's semi-final.

We were nearly back to normal for 2021 and held five of our club competitions together with an enjoyable annual club lunch with competition winner's trophy presentations.

Following the sad death of club member Seb Welford in January 2020, I have also been active in taking on the role of the club's webmaster. This has required an interesting but steep learning curve.


Shirley has been playing bowls at the club over many years and won the Club Ladies Singles a number of times and was the Club Champion in 2006.
Shirley has always been a friendly source of encouragement to our new members.


Shirley Bicknell