The Wakefield Bowling Club opened on the 25 November 1911 and celebrated its centennial over the 2010-2011 season.

See the attached for a complete history of the Club's Centennary (1911-2011) - click here

There is an interesting tale about the beginning of bowls in Wakefield.

In 1910 the manager of the Wakefield Creamery was James Bruce who had played bowls in England. Visiting Mr. Johnson, the local saddler he noted that he was using one half of a bowl as a mallet in his work, and found that he also had the rest of a set. Other sets were located in various states of repair and a makeshift Bowling Green was set up on the Domain, which had been Joe Baigent's paddock, by Messrs Johnson (saddler), Longton (Station Master), Harris (Baker), Bruce (Creamery) and Worth (Postmaster).

The 'Colonist' newspaper report 11 Jan 1911
"Our Wakefield correspondent states that a few local enthusiasts have taken up the good old game of Bowls and intend at the next tournament to uphold the prestige of the Province.  Although they have no Green as yet he believes that the members are shaping up well and are very keen. Friday night witnessed some good heads but consideration had to be given to the fact that the paddock resembled a riverbed, and anything within eight feet of the kitty counted. It appears however that by next season something will be done towards forming a Green."

By 16 February 1911 the Wakefield Bowling Club was formed with around 80 members, all male.

President: James Bruce

Vice Presidents: G.W. Hunt,  E. Edridge &, O.R. Hewlett

Secretary/Treasurer: George Worth

Committee: Hodgson, Harris, Johnson & Longton

At this meeting Mr. Francis Hooper's offer of James Hooper's store & Francis Hooper's house was accepted for five pounds a year.

The season was opened on 25th November and soon after a pavilion was built. Sunday play began in 1942 and in 1946 the Wakefield Bowling Club bought the Green and the Hooper House, on selling it in 1950, retaining the access of the former railway line. In 1952 the new pavilion was built, and extended in 1980.

Although a Ladies Club was mooted in 1923, it did not get underway until August 1950, when the 'Wakefield Ladies Bowling Club' was formed.

President: Mrs Connie Eden
Vice President: Nan Sowman
Secretary/Treasurer: Miss Joan Butler
Committee: Mrs D. Bonnington, E.Windleborne, T.Tomlinson & E.Costello

Outstanding Members
Gladys Jellyman
1985-1988 President  ·100% in NZ Umpires Exam
1991 Gold Star & Bar
1991 NZ Open Singles Champion in Christchurch·
1991 Nelson Mail Sportswoman of the Year for Bowls
1991 Life Member & Patron

Edna Higgins ·
1993-1996 President·
1996-1997 President Nelson Centre·Gold Star & Bar as Champion of Champions· New Zealand Executive Committee for 6 years·
1998-1999 President of Bowls New Zealand

Barbara McGregor· · Gold Star Member

Elaine Watson · Gold Star Member