Lyndhurst from Boltons Bench

Clubs 80th Birthday Celebration and the visit of the ‘Chelsea Pensioners’

Chelsea Pensioners at Lyndhurst Bowling Club, 2008

As part of our 80th anniversary celebrations, we were delighted that the Royal Hospital Chelsea Bowling Club accepted our invitation to Lyndhurst on 3rd August 2008.

After initial contact with the ‘Chelsea Pensioners’ by two club members, and after many phone calls and letters; an organising committee was set up to arrange the visit by their team. 

The Chelsea Pensioners, as always, looked resplendent in their uniforms on arrival, and these were only removed for the “more relaxed” casual bowling look when they took to the green. As you can see from the photographs, a great day was had by all at the club, including those who bowled on the day, spectators, club officials and guests. The result?  Well that did not matter.  It was described by all who attended as “really good fun, excellent company and a great day.”

To round off a very fitting day and thanks to some splendid catering by club members, our guests enjoyed a meal after the game in the adjoining Social Club, along with many of our club members.  And to the delight of all concerned, we have since received an invitation in 2009 to the Royal Hospital for a return match against the 'Chelsea Pensioners'.