First trophy winners of the season

The sun was shining and the Green was in great condition on Saturday 3rd June, as Ann Macinnes & Malcolm Weir won the Club Drawn Mixed Pairs Competition. The pair overcame Jean Comber & Ross Maguire in the final.

23rd May 1873

Whilst the Whitehosue & Grange Bowling Club was founded in 1872 the first actual official bowl on the Green did not take place until 23rd May 1873.

To mark the 150th Anniversaryof this momentous event in our history, President Soosan Danesh rolled the ” silver jack” used to open our seasons. This took place before hosting some Bowls Scotland ties and after some members had joined together for a celebratory tea and Cava in the Clubhouse .

New sponsor for Summer Fair

Our new headline sponsor for the Summer Fair & Open Day is Gilson Gray, one of Scotland’s most prominent full-service law firms who offer specialist legal, property and financial services. They will be present at our Summer Fair and Open Day on Saturday 27th May.  Sam Paulo, Head of Lettings and Joe Davies, Head of Private Client will be joining us on the day and will be available to answer any questions you may have about their services.  For more information please visit their website here


Very busy week coming up at W&G including the hosting of various Bowls Scotland ties. So if you are not involved in playing, you may still wish to come along to spectate and provide support. The bar will be open and, in addition, on Tuesday 23rd a little ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of the first bowl on the Green on 23rd May 1873 is planned.

The schedule of action on our Green is as follows:

Sunday 21st May

18:30 Hosting three Bowls Scotland Mixed Pairs including a much anticipated duel between two W&G team who were drawn against each other :
Sandra & Bruce Laidlaw v Gill Brown & John Cameron.

Monday 22nd May

14:00 Hosting two Bowls Scotland Gents Fours

Tuesday 23rd May

13:30 Gents SESBA league match v Liberton B
14:00 Ladies: Isobel Murphy Triples
16:00 Tea and Cava to mark 150th anniversary of the first bowl on the Green in 1873
18:45 Hosting four Bowls Scotland Gents Pairs

Wednesday 24th May

18:45 Gents ELB league match v Tanfield

You may also wish to support our teams playing Bowls Scotland competitions at other locations

20th May 14:00 Ladies Pairs: Judith Myers & Dorothy Tait v Sighthill @Bainfield If they win they will play in the next round our other Ladies Pair of Susan Danesh & Maggie Clapperton the following day.

22nd May 14:00 Gents over 55s: Mike Marshall, John Cameron Peter Thomson and Malcolm Weir v Ardmillan @ West End

23May 18:45 Gents Pairs: John Cameron & John Wright v Colinton B @ Carrick Knowe

23may 18:45 Gents Singles: Malcom Weir v West End @ Lutton Place

Line up of former Presidents

On Sunday 14th May, Whitehouse & Grange hosted a match against past Edinburgh Bowling Club Presidents. Not the warmest of days but enjoyed nevertheless by all those who took part.

W&G at the Grange Fair

The Club took out a stall at the Grange Fair on 13th May, as part of our membership drive, and also to promote our own Summer Fair and Open Day on 27th May. Good level of interest in our own event and we have attracted potentially some new members including the grandson of a former Scottish Internationalist.

Members are encouraged to promote further our Summer Fair and Open Day with family friends and any others who might be interested.

Next weekend 12th/13th May

This coming weekend on Saturday 13th May, Whitehouse & Grange will have a stand at the Grange Fair at Newington Library 13:00 to 16:30 as part of our membership recruitment drive. Also, we are promoting our own Summer Fair and Open Day on 27th May. So come along and support our efforts this Saturday and also enjoy the Grange Fair . Follow link below to see what is on offer:

The following day, Sunday 14th May, we have a special match W&G v ex Presidents followed by tea in the clubhouse.

Teams are already selected but spectators most welcome

Coronation Day at Whitehouse & Grange

Our own “king” for the day John Cameron arranged a special Coronation Day Triples much enjoyed by members and concluded just before the downpour.

After we finished playing, Club President Soosan Danesh marked the King’s Coronation by planting a tree supported by Peter Pitkin. the Grange Association’s Tree Expert. He had advised “Davida Involucrata Sonoma”. A glass of “1872” Cava was enjoyed by those present for the planting ceremony.

and then a quick retreat to the Clubhouse,as the rain started, for tea, special Coronation quiche made by Gill Brown and cake.

Coronation Pairs – 6th May

John Cameron is organising our Club “Coronation Pairs”competition on 6th May commencing at 14:00. So far 27 members have put their names down but there is still scope to participate. Put your name down at the Club or contact John Cameron or Gill Brown.

BBC has waived the licence fee for the day, so the television can be restored to the bar area for the day for those who may wish to watch the Coronation at the Clubhouse.

At approximately 16:00 , after we finish bowling, Club President Soosan Danesh will plant a commerative tree “Davidia involucrata” followed by a celebration tea in the Clubhouse . The tree is sponsored by Find Your Stride

Davidia involucrata, also called dove tree, handkerchief tree and ghost tree, is a flowering tree with showy bracts surrounding the flowers. Reddish purple flowers in rounded clusters bloom in April-May, which is very impressive. Each flower head is accompanied by a pair of large, pure white flower bracts at the base performing the functions of petals. On breezy day, the bracts flutter in the wind like white doves or pinched handkerchiefs, hence the name for the tree.

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