THE LEAGUE – HISTORY AND TODATE.        

The League was founded in 1946 at a meeting at the Lion Hotel, Steeple Bumpstead. Records show that a dance had been held in April of that year which had raised six pounds twelve shillings and each of the six founding teams had paid ten shillings and sixpence as a joining fee to launch the League on a sound financial footing.

The founders were two teams from Haverhill Town, two from Steeple Bumpstead, together with Castle Camps and Stoke-by-Clare.     

Today the League comprises 26 teams in three divisions from 16 clubs and serves an area which includes north west Essex, east Suffolk and south east Cambridgeshire and stretches from Clavering and Quendon in the west to Sudbury in the east. League matches of mixed triples are played on Friday evenings with Cup matches on Mondays. The Walter Smith Cup is an open competition for all teams, while each division has its own knock out cup.     The League also runs singles, pairs, triples and mixed pairs open competitions throughout the season with a Finals Day on the first Saturday in September and a Champs versus The Rest game on the following Saturday to conclude the season and present the trophies.   

One of the reasons for the popularity of the League in the area  that it  offers mixed bowling. In our experience lady bowlers welcome the opportunity to match their skills against the gentlemen and demonstrate not only their equality but also, at times, their superiority.  

The League’s aim is to flourish on a mixture of good company and wholehearted competition.    

In 2016 the League celebrated its 70th. Anniversary with a Triples Competition which was open to all players in the League and was played at Haverhill Town Bowls Club on Sunday 14th August 2016 to raise funds for the League-it was an excellent day for all those who supported the event.

On Saturday 29th July 2017  the League won The Dick Moody Shield at Castle Camps!

The Champions of The Buster Moore Charity Cup in 2017 was Clare Bowls Club and the Finalists were Cavendish Bowls Club..report on the day is under information. 

Please note that the Annual General Meeting in 2018 is Wednesday 7th November at The Haverhill Town Bowls Club.

The BIG news for 2018 is that the League are to be sponsored by ADCOCK REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING LIMITED, this was announced by Clive Stewart Secretary/Treasurer at this year's Annual General Meeting on 8th November at The Haverhill Town Bowls Club. They will be sponsoring the value of the League's Trophies to  £1000.