Community Focus: Old Dagenham Park Bowls Club

Old Dagenham Park Bowls Club was formed in 1972 and the founders were Jean and Jim James together with Betty and Len Maisey. Len Maisey is still a member today. The club's badge represents Dagenham Docks where most of the members worked at that time and the crossed keys was the name of the local pub.

We are a very friendly mixed club where members will encourage newcomers be they elderly or young. Youngsters can start at the age of 10 and we have members who are over 90. We have two qualified coaches who are on hand to give help and advice if needed.

We have an excellent pavilion which is used throughout the season for various prestigious games.

Our season runs from the end of April to the end of September and caters for all standards of bowling. Novices and young players are very welcome and will be given the appropriate advice by our qualified coaches.

We can accommodate wheelchair users who may wish to learn and take part in the game of bowls. We were able to purchase a bowls wheelchair due to the kind generosity of Awards for All.

Adults with learning disabilities have been coming to our club for the past 2 seasons and thoroughly enjoy it.

Jon Cruddas has been very helpful in our negotiations with the Council regarding their demand for us to take on all responsibility for the green or face a 100% increase in green fees. These negotiations have now been going on since October 2011.