The Contribution Made By The Robinson Family to Erdington Court Bowls Club
Robinson family ran the dental surgery at Wylde Green for over 90 years. The
last of the family to work there, Rob, retired this year.
surviving family members Keith, aged 98, his brother Phil, aged 94, and Keith?s
son Rob, aged 63, all live in Sutton Coldfield.
and Phil?s father, Fred, was brought up in the Sir Josiah Mason Orphanage. Fred
was one of the founder members of the Erdington Recreational Trust created by
the local Methodist Church. He had 5 children - and all of them and their
spouses helped at the Club. In total, Fred,
Keith, Phil, Russell and Rob have contributed over 350 years of voluntary
service to the Club.
Trust is a registered charity and today incorporates Erdington Court Bowls Club.
It makes facilities available to Walmley Cricket Club, having previously had
its own cricket teams.
Bowls Club is the largest of its kind in the north side of the Birmingham, Sutton
Coldfield and South Staffs. The vast
majority of its 250 members come from Sutton Coldfield. Its indoor arena is
the only one of its kind south of Tamworth. Indoor Rink time is also made
available to local community groups such as Probus - and support groups for
adults with learning difficulties.
was a Trustee until he passed away in 1972. Russell (Keith and Phil?s brother),
also a Trustee, died in 2009 after a lifetime of service to the Club.
has been the Chair since 2011, and Keith and Phil remain Trustees. In that
role, they have overseen expenditure of over £100,000 in the Club in the last 3
- 4 years and led its resurgence in membership and competitive involvement.
1976, Keith, Russell and Philip were Trustees of the Club which drew up plans
for the sale of land, the rebuilding of the outdoor green and the building of
the new indoor arena. The outdoor arena remains one of the few all-weather
greens in the region. At the time, it was one of the first artificial greens in
by Rob, the Trustees have also recently implemented a restructuring of the
Club?s management team and overseen annual open days - which have led to the
recruitment of over 100 new members. Under their encouragement, the Club has
also taken part each year in the Sutton Expo and the Sutton Community Games.
first won a cricket batting cup in 1939 and a further 9 times after WWII. He
was MCC cricketer of the year in 1978 for his contribution to administration of
the game. His services to club cricket included being Captain, Committee Member
and Groundsman (!) for 35 years.
Bowls, Keith first won the Club?s Singles Championship in 1938. He held over 31
Club titles in total. He also won numerous Birmingham, Warwickshire and
Midlands titles. Together with Russell and 2 other Club members, he won the English
Bowling Association?s National 4s Championships in 1978.
and Russell represented England in the British Isles Championships in 1979 and Keith
also had 6 international trials.
was Club Secretary for many years and a Birmingham delegate to Warwickshire for
was made a life member of Warwickshire County Bowls Association for his
has been a trustee of the Club for over 70 years.
been a trustee since 1947 and Chair of the Trust until 2011. Was a cricket and
tennis club captain during the 1950?s.
has been Bowls Club President and Committee member for long periods during the
In 2017 he:
? Was winner of the Birmingham Bowling
Association Singles Champion of Champions.
? Also led the Club?s ?A? team to win
the Birmingham Bowling Association?s (BBA) top division for the second
consecutive year in 2017.
? Led a team to the finals of the BBA?s
Walker trophy in 2017.
? Was the winner of the Club?s 2017 2
Wood Singles and of the Pairs competition (for the 10th time).
? Also led the Club to victory against
the combined might of the BBA to win the coveted Tony Cook trophy.
? He was the winner of the Bowls
England National Double Rink Championship.
? He won the BBA 4 Wood Singles and
In 2015 he was:
? Warwickshire Pairs Finalist
? Warwickshire Triples Winner
? Midland Counties Triples Finalist
? Warwickshire Senior Pairs Winner
In 2016 he was:
? BBA Triples and Fours winner
? BBA Singles finalist
? Captain of the Club squad that won
the BBA?s prestigious Walker Trophy.
He continues to play
bowls outdoors for the Warwickshire County Bowls Team in national competitions.
HE IS ONE OF VERY FEW BOWLERS TO HAVE PLAYED 100 MIDDLETON CUP GAMES. He also
won the English Bowling Association?s National Pairs Championships with Club
mate Richard Brittan in 1993 and represented England at the British Isles Bowls
Championships the following year.
Captain of the Cricket Club on a
number of occasions and a committee member for many years.
was a Bowls player for Warwickshire County, won several County titles and also
won the English Bowling Association?s National 4s Championships in 1978 with
Keith. He then went on to represent England in the British Isles Bowls
Championships (see above).
President of the Warwickshire
Indoor Bowls Association in 1986/1987, and again in 1992/1993
Secretary of the Warwickshire
Vice President?s Bowling Association for 15 years.
A Club trustee from 1947 until
his death in 2009.
NAME: TERRY YATES
1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING? 7 years
2. HOW DID YOU START? As a novice in Australia
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOWLS POSITION? Lead
4. DO YOU PREFER SINGLES, PAIRS, TRIPLES OR FOURS? Pairs
5. WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN BOWLS? Winning South West Australia Novice Championship
6. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL COMPETITION THAT YOU CURRENTLY PLAY IN? National Mixed Pairs
7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY/PRACTICE PER WEEK? 4 times per week
8. WHAT AREA DO YOU LIVE IN? Sutton Coldfield
9. WHAT OTHER HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE? Birding and helping wildlife, gardening and walking.
10. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST UNFULFILLED AMBITION? Not winning the Ladies Open Singles.........yet!!!!
11. WHAT GREEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY ON MOST? I like carpet
NAME: Joan Garner
1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING?
I began crown green bowling in the late 80's. I then joined
Court in 1990.
2.HOW DID YOU START?
My husband introduced me to the crown at the Green Man, Harborne. His team mate from Sutton Park, Richard Brittan, introduced me to
Erdington Court in 1991.
3..WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOWLS POSITION?
.4. DO YOU PREFER SINGLES, PAIRS, TRIPLES OR FOURS?
I like all but fours.
5.WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN
In crown green it's representing the County over 100
times. My most proud achievement has been on flat green.
In 2007 I was thrilled to be selected for England to play in the Home Internationals
at Llandrindod Wells.
6. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL COMPETITION THAT YOU
CURRENTLY PLAY IN?
I no longer play the 'circuit ' in either crown or
flat. I am happy enough playing league and friendlies.
7.HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY/PRACTICE PER WEEK?
Crown - 2/3 times and flat rink probably 1/2 times. I
hardly ever practice, only when a match is coming up and i haven't played for a
8.WHAT AREA DO YOU LIVE IN?
Four Oaks, SUTTON COLDFIELD
9.WHAT OTHER HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
Gardening, when my back allows!!
I love watching all sports. I am a member of Edgbaston
Cricket Club and , until recently a season ticket holder of Manchester United.
Now I just follow them from my armchair.
10.WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST UNFULFILLED AMBITION?
really cannot think of anything..A back injury at PE college robbed me of a
trial with the England netball team. My dream to represent my country
eventually came true 40 years later!!
NAME: ANTONY GOULD
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN
PLAYING? 5 years
2.HOW DID YOU START? Introduced by my uncle who also plays.
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOWLS
4. DO YOU PREFER SINGLES, PAIRS,
TRIPLES OR FOURS? Pairs
5. WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS
THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN BOWLS? Winning
Birmingham Bowls Association 2 Wood Singles
6. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL
COMPETITION THAT YOU CURRENTLY PLAY IN? Indoor
7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU
PLAY/PRACTICE PER WEEK? 3-4 times
8. WHAT AREA DO YOU LIVE IN? Sutton Coldfield
9. WHAT OTHER HOBBIES DO YOU
10. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST UNFULFULLED
AMBITION? Representing Warwickshire
NAME: MARK IRELAND
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING? Playing crown over 45
years started indoor flat around 2002 and outdoor flat in 2006.
2. HOW DID YOU START? Crown was with late father Ron whom
first played at IMI Kynochs, started with a few jacks at around the age of 2/3,
after the matches finished - and then joined Sutton Park and flat outdoors
through Richard Brittan at Tamworth for 1 season before joining Erdington
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOWLS POSITION? Skip
4. DO YOU PREFER SINGLES, PAIRS, TRIPLES OR FOURS? Singles
(wife said I could not answer threesomes!)
5. WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN
BOWLS? Crown green was winning the Somers Open floodlit in 1999 and
representing the county at both junior and senior level, Flat winning the
county triples with Rob Robinson and Richard Brittan after they had lost in 6 previous
finals and making a 400 mile trip to play on finals day. Playing Middleton cup
for county and also getting to Bowls England National quarter finals in singles
4 wood and 2 wood. Won national Civil Service singles, pairs, triples and fours
skipping all formats.
6. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL COMPETITION THAT YOU
CURRENTLY PLAY IN? Warwickshire County Middleton Cup - play lead.
7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY/PRACTICE PER WEEK? Once
competitions have started 5/6 days a week
8. WHAT AREA DO YOU LIVE IN? Hodge Hill
9. WHAT OTHER HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE? Golf, snooker, poker,
CAMRA member and country walks.
10. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST UNFULFILLED AMBITION? Win a
Bowls England National title
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY ON MOST? A grass one! Worthing when National finals were