All Our Yesterdays - Rastrick Bowling Club

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Thank you to Graham Hall for this story about the formation of Rastrick Bowling Club.

The Rastrick Bowling Green Company Ltd. was formed in 1902 with shares being sold at £1 each. The total cost of the land, labour, bricks and mortar was less than £400.

On 27th June 1902 the opening ceremony took place with Mr Carter hoisting the club flag,- red, white and blue with a Union Jack In one corner and bearing the initials RBC. The National Anthem was then sung with great gusto by the assembled crowd

In 1903 the No. 2 green was opened and the club purchased 12 ducks to keep the grass down and a donkey (£3) whose function might only be guessed at.

Another notable year in the club's history is 1936 when Rastrick BC bowler F Pilling became the first holder of the News of the World Yorkshire Handicap when he beat J Shepard of New Mill WMC in the Final at Akroyden Victoria.

I am also grateful to Graham for two photographs both displayed on this page. The first is a new image he took of the green this month whilst the one at the foot of the page shows the Rastrick 1930 Yorkshire Cup-winning team and officials. This the only Yorkshire Cup victory recorded by Rastrick although they were the beaten finalists on no less than four occasions - 1919, 1924, 1950 and 1961. Excellent stuff and great to show off the history of one of our local clubs.

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