WONERSH
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HISTORY SOCIETY
WONERSH BOWLS CLUB The Club’s own website gives a full account of its history and so here we are simply providing a shortened version. The   Corner   House,   opposite   the   Pepper   Pot,   is   now   two flats   but   before   being   converted   the   house   belonged   to Dr   James   Bell   Nicholl.      The   sitting   room   of   what   is   now the   Garden   Flat   was   Dr   Nichol’s   consulting   room   and   it was     here,     after     a     Unionist     Association     Committee meeting   that   the   idea   of   a   bowling   club   was   born.      It   has to   be   said   there   was   little   enthusiasm   but   nevertheless those   present   agreed   to   pursue   the   idea   and   a   meeting of    some    50    people    was    held    in    the    Memorial    Hall    to gauge    interest.        Present    were    Messrs    John    Courage,   Frank   Cook,    Robert   Haslam    and   Frank   Rogerson   who subsequently    became    founders    of    Wonersh    Bowling Club. Frank   Rogerson   agreed   to   lease   some   ground   behind   the   Memorial   Hall   for   a   nominal rent    of    2/6d    per    annum,    later    giving    the    land    to    the    Club    when    he    moved    from Chinthurst.        In    1925    the    site    was    levelled,    enclosed    and    turfed    and    in    1926    the outskirts   of   the   ground   were   planted   with   shrubs   and   lime   trees.      A   small   cycle   shed acted as a temporary pavilion and then, following a gift from John Courage, replaced at a cost of £300, Frank Cook providing the furniture. The   first   Captain   of   the   Club   was   Major   White   of   the   Forrest   Arms   in   Blackheath   (succeeded   in   1928   by   Mr   John   Jay)   but   unfortunately   not much play was possible during the summer because the members had to learn the rules of the game …”
Surrey Advertiser 19 August 1944
Surrey Advertiser 20 January 1940 Photo courtesy of Dennis Cruickshank