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CMB Bowls Club celebrate 40th anniversary


By Pete Woodhouse


CMB Bowls Club celebrated the formation of the club in 1978 with a game of bowls at their Railway Road green.

The club was originally formed as part of the Metalbox Sports and Social Club and started at the Lady Green in Chapel Road called Metalbox BC until the green in Railway Road was completed in 1982.

With the merger between Metalbox and Carnaud in 1986 and the change of company name the club changed to CMB BC.

CMB team with Joe Rainsbury Crown Plant Manager on the left. (2480221)
CMB team with Joe Rainsbury Crown Plant Manager on the left. (2480221)

Despite this change 34 years ago, CMB are still called Metalbox by many bowlers locally.

Five of the founder members –- Pete Haddon, Terry Semper, Terry Slade, Cyril Betts and John Fox – were special guests and were presented with a memento by Mel Joyce, club chairman, and Joe Rainsbury, plant manager for Crown Food Europe, Wisbech.

Some 24 CMB bowlers played representative teams from North Cambs EBF, North Cambs EWBF, March & District League, Downham Ex-Services, Gorefield and Banks League with the result being CMB 93, Guests 100 shots.

Founder members left to right John Fox Treasurer & Greenkeeper, Terry Semper, Peter Haddon and Terry Slade. (2480215)
Founder members left to right John Fox Treasurer & Greenkeeper, Terry Semper, Peter Haddon and Terry Slade. (2480215)

All players and guests were presented with a commemorative badge.

Following the game a spider was held with the bottle of single malt whisky being won by June Warren (Gorefield).

Everyone then had a splendid hog roast provided by Ben Roughton of The Hog Roast Catering Co, Wisbech.

The club are always interested in bowlers of all abilities joining, please contact Paul Bennett, secretary, on 01945 480857.



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