The inaugural Ladies section formed in 1972.
LADIES SECTION FORMED.
A ladies section was formed in 1972 with their own committee which operated independently
of the men’s section. Their president for the first four years was Miss Mary Saunders MBE (a well-known local dignitary of the time).
At this time the club membership was at an all-time
high (53 men and 24 ladies) and the Management Committee felt that the Club should consider taking the Green on lease from the VUDC. This was put forward at the next AGM on 29th October 1973. It was agreed to proceed with the idea and a lease was created and
signed. As part of the lease, the Bowling Club agreed to provide morning and afternoon stewards to man the green and to provide refreshments for any member of the public who wished to partake of the facilities. The Club still provides stewards to this day.
By 1981, after a gradual decline in the membership – again - it was agreed to try and get the Ventnor Youth Club involved. After all, although bowls is perceived as an old person’s game, it is basically
because older people have retired and have more leisure time. As a new incentive to join, a Junior Membership was introduced to encourage younger players to take up bowls.
To a certain degree, this
worked, as quite a few youngsters have played for Ventnor over the years with no small amount of success. The most notable being in 2008, when one of our Junior Members, Sam Lines, who, at the age of sixteen,won the Island singles championship against all
male bowlers of all ages – so much for bowls being an old man’s game!)