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welcome’s you to our club at Lytton Park & Alexandria Blvd (east of Avenue Road, south of Lawrence Ave)
HOW TO LAWN BOWL
TIMES, CALENDAR, SPECIAL EVENTS CLUB HISTORY
If you’ve ever
thought you might like to try either of these challenging sports, please call us.
for Lawn Bowling call:
Claire McGeachie or: Les
for Croquet contact:
or : Mary Sutton
PRIVATE OR CORPORATE EVENTS
can be organized to play Golf Croquet.
Please contact Paul Emmett.
Membership fees for 2010 are only $150 per year, for Bowling or Croquet or
both! Plus $15 for locker rental. Compare that with other sports! New
members joining after August 1st may play for the rest of the
season for $75. Visiting players are charged $20 per day, except for
DRESS AND EQUIPMENT FOR BOTH SPORTS
Players are required to wear smooth soled shoes, white preferably, in order
to preserve the surface of the greens.
While white clothes are optional for practice matches, they are required for
tournament matches. Until you decide to become a member, club bowls may be
used for a while, then you will be advised on what sort of bowls you should
buy. For Croquet a mallet will be lent you for a little while. The club
provides other equipment.
The object of the game is to get more of your team’s bowls near the little
white ball (the Jack) than your opponents do. The game can be played singles
(one against one), doubles, triples, or rinks, (four players on each team).
In each game the number of bowls used per player varies. For singles and
pairs, use four bowls, for triples use three bowls and for rinks use two.
There are published rules and a tradition of polite etiquette is observed.
Skill, Technique and Experience separate the average player from the
expert, but the game can be played with enjoyment with all levels of
experience at the same time.
A game lasts about two hours and consists of a pre-determined number of
“ends” from one end of the green to the other by all players. The green or
playing field is usually close-cut grass measuring 37-40 metres in each
direction. Seven or eight games can be played on one green at the same
time. Books on rules, tactics and technique can be obtained
A team consists of a Skip (or Captain), a Vice and a Lead, who delivers the
first bowl. In a team of four a Second is included. After a while you may
need a tape to measure the distance between bowls.
CALENDAR, SPECIAL EVENTS
The Croquet players and the Bowlers share
the club’s two greens, separate playing days and times are scheduled and
will appear in our Year Book which is published about April each year.
We usually start in mid-May.
For 2010, bowlers are playing at 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and
1:30pm on Sundays.
Croquet players usually play at 10:00am on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Inter-club tournaments are scheduled for both sports throughout the
year, either “at home” or “away”.
Opening Day is a Saturday in mid-May plus lunch and maybe a game.
Closing Day is a Saturday in October with lunch and maybe a game.
Later an Annual General Meeting is held on a Saturday in October plus a
“clean-up” day next week to prepare the clubhouse and grounds for
winter. There is usually a dinner for each section at a restaurant in
In 1912 North Toronto
was a small town on the outskirts of the City of Toronto. One of the
areas laid out for the building of houses was called Alexandra Park.
Edward B Stockdale, a member of a firm interested in developing
Alexandra Park, was an ardent and public-spirited lawn bowler. He
laid down the original green and built a small clubhouse on his
property on the site of the present north green.
This came to the notice of some of the congregation of the local
Presbyterian Church. One of these gentlemen was Tom Kilgore, the
first resident of Alexandra Gardens. The group asked Stockdale for
Stockdale and others eventually set up a corporation under the name
of the North Toronto Lawn Bowling Club. Its purpose was listed as
the promotion of lawn bowling, curling, skating, tennis, racquets
and other winter and summer amusements. The property was leased from
Stockdale and the annual lawn bowling fee was set at $5.00 and
membership was limited to 75.
Lady bowlers appeared in 1915 and they were permitted two afternoons
of bowling per week for an annual fee of $1.00
In 1919 a subsidiary tennis club was formed and was loosely
associated with the bowling club until 1964 when the two clubs went
their separate ways.
In 1932 the present clubhouse was built and in 1971 a building was
erected to store tools and other equipment. In 1996 a permanent
canopy with a lattice back wall was built, joining the two
It was not until 1925 that the Ladies Section was mentioned in the
Year Book. It is impossible to evaluate the contribution that the
ladies have made over the years to the facilities and equipment
enjoyed by the club as a whole. In 1987 the Men’s and Ladies
sections of the club were amalgamated and a combined executive has
existed from that time.
In 1997 the club was approached by a group of avid croquet players
wishing to bring their sport to our greens. The bowlers at the AGM
voted unanimously to accept the croquet players and so 1998 saw what
is hoped will be the first of many generations of croquet players to
use our greens, and the name of the club was formally changed.
We are a close-knit, friendly group as opposed to larger clubs,
permitting more members to take part in inter-club competitions than
would be the case in larger clubs.