Happy New Year

We celebrate our 15Oth anniversary this year with several special events being planned

Of course, the most important event in 1872 was the founding of Whitehouse & Grange Bowlng Club in Hope Terrace  but what else  happened in 1872. Just a short distance away there  was a match played out between the United South of England and the Gentlemen of Edinburgh, organised by Carlton Cricket Club. This  marked Dr. W. G Grace’s first match in Scotland (scored only 25 runs, with over 3,000 paying spectators. No doubt some founder W&G club members attended this match? 

Meanwhile, the Grange Cricket  Club moved to Raeburn Place The club named themselves Grange after the area in which they were started playing in 1832 on a field  little further east to the current Carlton ground. Edinburgh and Glasgow first met under the then 20-a-side Rugby rules.Two of the Glasgow team, Tom Chalmers and Willie Cross, had an intriguing decision to make that week – should they play against Edinburgh at rugby or play against England in the first-ever soccer international a week later at Hamilton Crescent a match that end 0-0? In the inaugural FA cup  tournament , Wanderers in the semi- final took on Queen’s Park who, due to a combination of walkovers and byes, had reached this stage without actually playing a match. The rules stated that from the semi-final stage onwards matches would be at Kennington Oval.  After being held to a 0–0 draw, Queens Park  could not afford to make the trip from Glasgow for the  replay and withdrew from the competition, sending Wanderers into the final where they beat  Royal Engineers. 

Cremorne won the Derby,  Casse Tete won the Grand National ,Tom Morris won The Open at Prestwick. Cambridge won the boat race. Rangers Football Club  was founded and played their first match against the now defunct Callander.  At Lord’s, the first half hour of MCC‘s innings against Surrey saw seven batsmen return to the pavilion, without a run on the board.

Queen Victoria was on the throne  and unveiled  the Albert Memorial in memory of her husband Prince Albert . William Gladstone was the Prime Minister  and and James Ulysses Grant was president of the USA. Victoria Woodhull became  the first woman nominated for President of the United States, although she was a year too young to qualify and did not appear on the ballot.

Yellowstone the world’s 1st national park opened  Licensing Act established licences for public houses and limits to drinking hoursNotable births included Bertrand Russell, (philosopher, mathematician), Heath Robinson (inventor)  and Ralph Vaughan Williams (composer) Greyfriars Bobby, faithful Scottish terrier died with the  monument being erected a year later 

The first edition Chambers’s English Dictionary  was  published by William and Robert Chambers. Phileas Fogg started his “ fictional’ round the world in eighty days journey from the Reform Club.  Charles Darwin‘s study The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was published along with Thomas Hardy’s anonymous romantic novel Under the Greenwood Tree. In a display of the bold commercial acumen of the Victorian age, The Scotsman was, in 1872, the first British newspaper to run special early-morning, high-speed trains to deliver its papers from Edinburgh to Glasgow.


The prizes for 2021 Club competitions were presented to the Winners by Club President,Gill Brown and Vice-President, Mike Marshall.

The event took place on 5th November (without attendant fireworks) with 26 members attending and enjoying a fish supper afterwards – delivered by EatFish in Marchmont.


So far the following events are now scheduled :

Monday 20th December. Christmas Club Evening with hamper prize draw

Friday 14th January Quiz at Clubhouse

Friday 21st January 19:00. Burns Supper at Mortonhall Golf Club

The Management Committee will look to arrange some pre-2022 season ” social” events including an arts exhibition ( around Easter ) to kick-off our 150th Anniversary Year

The AGM is scheduled usually for the first Monday in March which would make it 7th March 2022 . We hope that we are able to convene the AGM in our Clubhouse as customary but we shall monitor the ongoing COVID situation carefully and advise members accordingly

Our sponsor Mailboxes offers new service

Mailboxes in Morningside Road (near Post office) is offering a new service to digitally enhance old B&W photographs including converting them into full technicolour .

Results are incredible!

Members can get 10% discount on production of their W&G membership card

See examples of what they can do

One of our sponsors nominated for prestigious award

One of our sponsors Rifkind & Brophy are nominated for two categories in this year’s Optician Awards -UK Independent practice of the year and the Enhanced Optical Experience award.

The results will be announced at a ceremony in the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 2nd December. We wish them best of luck and hope they bring at least one trophy back to Edinburgh


We have another new sponsor who have agreed to supply us with specially designed bowls towels for our 150th next year

Bathing Mobility Advisory Service (BMAS) – The Edinburgh Easy-Access Bathroom Specialist

We are a caring family-run business passionate about creating safe and comfortable bathrooms in the home you love. Over the last decade, we have designed and installed over 2,000 easy-access bathrooms, each and every one as individual as our customers! 

Our aim is to exceed your expectations and we offer a fully-managed service to make the whole process as stress-free as possible. We are very proud of the number of referrals we receive, and of the kind words left by our customers on Trustpilot.

If you are unsure of what’s best for you, please contact us for a chat or visit our showroom. We also offer a free quote and design service with absolutely no obligation.

7a Grange Road EH9 1UH       0131 668 2227

Showroom Dobbies Garden Centre, Lasswade. Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm 

Free Care Kit For Club Members*

*Please ask for more details.

New Sponsor – Bruntsfield Sport

We have a new sponsor  in Bruntsfield Sports  who are in the process now of  designing shirts and bowling towels for our 150th Anniversary in 2022

With other outlets in Edinburgh for bowls equipment  closing down,  they are now the only  supplier based in Edinburgh and would be happy to meet  all your needs for bowling equipment – from bowls to other accessories
They stock mainly Taylors (as can be seen from their window display ) but can source anything  you might need.  With their shop in Morningside, they are local and very accessible for our members

They are offering a 10% discount to members on production of your W&G membership card

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