rudheath bowls archive

One of Mid Cheshires Top Bowls Clubs


The old public or beer house was a large building but surprisingly had only a tap room,a snug and a small lounge on the ground floor. Upstairs was a large clubroom where functions could take place and two bedrooms for visitors. In 1918 it was temporaly closed for the sale of drinks in order to provide accomodation for persons engaged in the munition works at Gadbrook. The new Farmers Arms was built in 1959 in the orchard of the old building and the newly re- modelled farmers opened its doors on Tuesday September 14th 1961.

Here is a list of some of the landlords & Landlady's in its long history.

JOHN POSTLES            1850 - 77

WILLIAM SUMNER         1878 - 80

GEORGE HAYES           1880 - 83


THOMAS  BLAND          1888

SAMUEL & MARY PEOVER           1890 - 98

THOMAS & EMILY KIRKHAM        1898 - 1910

EMILY BATES                1910 -1914

JOHN BRAIN SNR          1921-40

JOHN BRAIN JNR           1940 - 44

TOMMY ATKINSON        1944 - 64

JOHN COX                     1964 - 68

HARRY & EILLEEN  RANDLES            1968 - 83

RAY & ROSE OWEN         1983 - 92

TOMMY TWADDLE          1992 - 98

MAX BACON                   1998 - 2001

DAVE MORRIS & CHRIS WAINE  2001 -2004                          

Farmers Arms early 1900's.This is the earliest picture we have of the Farmers Arms bowling green.Pictured standing is Farmers player Jack Christie all the other players are unknown faces , can anyone tell us who they are ?.

The old gateway to the bowling green

1957 Norman Cup winning Team, holding the Cup Captain Bert Greatbanks

Inside the original farmers Arms in the 1950's.Thanks to Brian Budden For the photo

Thanks to Keith Birkett for this Chronicle item

Thanks to Dave Roberts for the picture

thanks again to Dave Roberts

The Farmers Ladies team

Presentation night 1979 i think Stan is holding the Cowley Cup.

Norley evening League Champions

L to r

Back row

Alan Thompson,Barry Barnes,Brian Budden,Brian Pendlbury,Dave Roberts and Ron Hitchen


Tim Hulme Snr,Eddie Hulse, Don Lambert and Cedric Johnson

Inside the old Bowls room.Thanks to Ray & Sandra for the Photo.

The Ladies winter tour of Blackpool

Norley League Division 4 Champions 1988

Back L to R ; A.Thompson, J.Taylor, E.Hulse, D.Roberts,T.Hulme ,C.Linegar & R.Hitchen

front L to R ; B.Pendlebury , D.Lambert, Sammy & W.Hopley

Farmers Arms A .Norman Cup Semi Finalists

L to R


Dennis Leather,Dave Freeborough,Pete Illidge,Charlie Linegar,Vernon slater and Mike Bell.


Jon Gurney,Alan Thompson,Dave Hulme(C),Ron Hitchen and Dave Stanley.

Inside the Farmers with Ray & Rose

The Original Farmers Ladies (c 1983)

                          L to R : Margaret Millward , Evelyn Booth , George Duncalf (Coach) ,Phyllis Cope & Margaret Latham

Front : Carol Gorst , Nina Ridgeway , Jennifer Davies , Jean Gorst & Molly Marlor

Missing from Picture : Jean Park & Betty Tatler 

Last of the Summer wine

Landlord & landladyDave Morris & Chris Waine with workparty seated Ronnie Hitchen,Ray Martin ,Tom Lowe,Brian Budden and Ken Porter.

Locked out or is it up

From the Northwich Guardian.The final night for Farmers Arms


last days of the new Farmers Arms. Almost a Co-op

Now in Vickersway park , the old Farmers sign