The history of Beechwood Ladies BC
Beechwood Ladies Bowling Club was started in 1921 by the pioneer of all Ladies Bowling Clubs in Wales – Mrs Ethel Spicer, who then went on to find a second club in Newport at Belle Vue Park.
Seven years later in 1928 she helped establish a County Association known as the South Wales and Mon. Woman’s Bowling Association. This was followed in 1932 by the creation of the Welsh Women’s Bowling Association. The first International match between England and Wales took place in Blackheath in 1932. Eight of the founder members of Beechwood Ladies played in that match and Wales were the winners. Altogether twenty-two members of Beechwood Ladies have won International Honours. Mrs Spicer was a Welsh skip for a record 60 times.
In the early years it was difficult to find teams to play against, but Beechwood Ladies were prepared to play any team. Over fifty years ago they played a team of Newport County Footballers; the ladies won!
In 2004 we were delighted to congratulate Beechwood Men Bowling Club as they celebrated their Century – acknowledged as the oldest Bowling Club in Wales. In their turn they helped us celebrate our 90th year in 2011 – we are the oldest Ladies Bowling Club in Wales.
In 2013 we were joined by Llanwern Men’s Bowling Club and so the bowling green is busier than ever.
Time marches on and our Ladies Club is now entering its 98th year – we still have the enthusiasm of our founder members – fewer in number maybe but still determined to play a good game.
If you would like to be a new part of this historic club we are always looking for new members so if you would like to join us in the beautiful setting of Beechwood Park come along on a Monday afternoon or ring me on 07764193868. You will always be most welcome.
Club matches, league matches and friendly matches, make for a full fixture card. Every Monday a club afternoon is arranged for the ladies, when club members can practice and catch up with each other. For those who wish to participate in League games we play on a Tuesday afternoon and a Thursday evening.
During the winter, when the green is closed, we meet monthly to keep the members in touch with each other and we also enjoy lunches at local restaurants.