Rugby bowls club takes Caldecott Park back in time

The event marked the club's centenary
The event marked the club's centenary
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Any Rugby residents casually walking through Caldecott Park one Sunday earlier this month could be forgiven for thinking that they had suddenly been transported back 100 years.

Resplendent in early 20th-century attire, the men wore flat caps or panama hats, cravats and waistcoats with watch chains, while the women radiated elegance in long dresses, shawls and bonnets.

Members of Caldecott Park Bowling Club took on a makeshift Rugby Borough Council team led by the Mayor, Cllr Tony Gillias, to recreate the club’s inaugural match - played on the same patch of green in May 1914. The contest was even started by the toss of a 1914 penny.

Club president John Joiner welcomed the council team to the centenary celebrations and presented the mayor with a commemorative pendant and each council team member with a centenary club badge and inscribed pen. The mayor remarked that 1914 commemorations usually had a darker side so it was pleasing that on this occasion an enjoyable event was the theme.

Club member carol Joiner said: “Judging by the laughter, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all, and while the council team acquitted themselves admirably the Centenary Cup went to the bowling club – but not before mayoress Janette Owen was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a prize for the highest score in the target bowls competition.”

The celebration took place on May 11.