Development of The Clubhouse
Before 1999 'Manor Park Ladies' and 'Malden and Coombe' Bowling Clubs shared the same green and facilities. From left to right this consisted of a pavilion with limited changing facilities for the men, a small clubroom and kitchen (projecting forward), 2 external 'Port-a-loos' and a wooden Ladies' Hut (this was burnt down by vandals and replaced with a brick-built one).

The Clubhouse before 2000

In 1999 under the Leadership of the late Tony Smith, Club members worked together to extend the Clubhouse to plans prepared by current Life Member, Mike Platt. Grants from 'The Lottery' and  'Sports England' were supplemented by contributions from Club Members.The totally re-wired and re-plumbed extension included toilets for Men, Ladies and the Disabled. There were now 4 changing rooms for men and lady Club Members and their visiting teams. There was a much  larger clubroom and a secure bar. The replacement Ladies' hut was converted for equipment storage. The Port-a-loos were eventually removed, but are still shown on the photograph below.

The Extended Clubhouse 2000 to 2016

The extended Clubhouse was put to good use for larger Club activities. Club membership and Social activities increased and the Clubhouse area started to become cramped for some events, also, looking to the future, the current size would not accommodate 'Short Mat Bowling.' Further expansion was considered to be necessary. Fortunately Mike Platt's original plans had looked to the possibility of  further extension. New ideas were put into motion, however, applications for grants towards them were not successful. Through the generous sponsorship of certain unnamed Club Members the project was able to go ahead. Although some professional help was necessary, most of the hard work  has been done by a dedicated team of Club Members.

The Newly Extended Clubhouse 2017

The clubhouse has been extended forward into the former area overhung by the roof. As the photographs below show, this was neither cheap nor easy; all the glazed doors and windows have been replaced, now they can all be opened right up, also it has been necessary to re-lay the whole of the Clubhouse floor.

A few photographs of the work undertaken

First the external work and the fitting of the new glazed doors, Chairman Micky discusses progress with Site Manager Gordon and the outside looks good

But work is still needed on the inside, the whole floor needs replacement, team members assess the further work required, Captain Les tries to gag the 'Press' (Newsletter Editor Mark) and work continues.

The ceiling painted, floor re-laid and things are looking good.