Consett Park Bowling Club was founded by the Consett Iron Company in April 1923 on land given to them by the said company and at the time as part of the works and used for inter departmental competitions.
The opening ceremony took place on the 16th of May 1923.
The Consett Iron Company sponsored a challenge cup competition in July 1924. Whether this was a final or one of the rounds we are not sure but it was between Consett v Chopwell Officials. Consett won comfortably ( we have names and scores but no photos).
In 1928 Consett Park Bowling Club were the visitors at Barnard Castle in the North West Durham league. The local club were the winners by 24 shots, after the game the visitors were entertained by the home players after which Mr W Emerson ex-president, extended a hearty welcome to the Consett members.
In reply, Major A mangles, who is president of the Durham and Yorkshire Bowling Association and a strenuous worker for the game in North-West Durham, spoke of the pleasure it gave them to visit Barnard Castle.
Although an old cricketer, he had now been playing bowls for 20 years and he declared it to be the finest game in existence. It encouraged and developed a friendship and in other respects fostered the true spirit of sportsmanship.
He hoped that the Barnard Castle Club would shortly pay the Consett green a visit when they would be assured of a hearty welcome ( one wonders if that ever happened), He also adds that could not boast of a magnificent building like the Bowes Museum, we had at Consett the finest works of their kind in Europe.
They had thoroughly enjoyed their visit and he hoped that the friendship formed that day would be renewed to their mutual benefit (extracts from The Teasdale Mercury Wednesday, August 8th 1928).
(We have a few years missing here if anyone can help give us a shout).
In 1962 Mr F S Woodward Company Secretary sends down the first wood to open Consett Parks 41st bowling season. The greens in Company’s Park are used extensively by employees during the playing season.
In 1962 the club won the North West Durham Midweek Bowling league and members were runners up in the North West Durham Saturday League.
In 1969 The Rotary Club of Consett sponsored the Veterans Bowls Challenge Cup and this went on for about 30 years. The last match was in June 1969 and the winners were Sherburn Park. The matches were followed by tea and sticky buns.
In 1990 Gill Jones became the Durham County women’s singles runner up and was to go on to win more trophies. Consett Park Veterans (men) were the winners of the triples and four ball league in 1991.
We also won the North West Durham Saturday League and Shield Bowl winners in 1991.
In June 1991 snow stopped play and they had to clear the green I can’t find any more information on this.
1995 Gill Jones and Maureen Gowland were the Durham County Women’s Bowling pairs runners up.
1997 Maureen Gowland , Gill Jones , Teresa Pearson won the Durham County WBA Triples Champion.