The Gambart Baines Challenge Cup, first won by Mr Zena Smith from Cleckheaton in 1919 is still proving to be popular nearly a hundred years later. This annual competition played on two crown greens in Alexandra Gardens, part of the Scarborough Bowls Centre, attracts competitors from all over Britain.The competition is organised and managed by volunteers from the nine clubs who make up the Scarborough and District Crown Green Bowling Association.

The final takes place in August when a minimum of 32 qualifiers compete for the magnificent Gambart Baines Cup.

Gambart Baines (1858-1920) Ernest Gambart Baines, was born in 1858, the son of Clementina Baines, who owned a waxworks, which toured in both England and France with Madam Tussaud. Originally brought up in Newcastle, he moved to Leeds from where he, like his mother, operated a touring waxworks. He moved to Scarborough in the early 1900’s and ran the Gambart Waxworks exhibition in Scarborough from 1904. One of his interest was Crown Green Bowling and he was associated with the Pavilion Bowling Tournament for many years and gave considerable support to the Scarborough Bowling Tournament. The handsome Challenge Cup which is used today was first presented by Ernest Gambart Baines in 1919.

He was a staunch Conservative and represented Scarborough’s Central Ward from 1917 until his death in 1920. He was a generous benefactor and presented the town with its first motor fire engine, named Jessie after his wife. He also gave Scarborough the Foreshore water fountain as well as supporting Christ Church by providing prayer books.

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It's a lovely sunny day here - perfect for a spot of crown green bowls. Come on down and have a go - £3.00 each, free equipment hire, and the bar is open all day 🍺🌞 ... See MoreSee Less

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Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club hosted a Charity Match between Scotland and England yesterday in Aid of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus..wonderful support that raised a lot of money, as yet unsure of amount raised. An afternoon of great entertainment, noise at times phenomenal, all of which added to the fun of the afternoon. Spectators treated to a few hours of great comedy, whilst not forgetting the outstanding expertise of all the bowlers taking part. Must mention Scarborough’s own youngsters who were chosen to be part of the England Team.....Jack Bird, Matthew Bell and young Nathan Richards...Three young men who have been coached since their “short trouser” days as little boys, by an excellent team of coaches within the club who give up every Sunday morning to spend time with the junior section...so many of these juniors enjoying early successes..good luck to them all, and a huge thank you to their coaches. Sorry I digressed a bit there. The exciting afternoon finished with an equally exciting finish...no one, with one end to go could have predicted the outcome of the match such was the skill of the skips who had to bowl their last wood, the noise of their respective teams trying to encourage them to send that all important last wood must have done nothing to calm the thoughts of a very nervous bowler...Scotland’s young man went onto the mat..all went silent, the wood made it’s way to the head, fantastic shot the whole place erupted as Scotland took the lead. After the usual noisy encouragement for our own Jack Bird, who was to bowl the last wood of the match, the place went silent again as the wood left his hand, it looked promising....the shouts as it hit the spot said it all, incredible shot under so much pressure took the game to a draw. Scotland retained the Trophy as they were last years winners. Well done Scotland...and a great big thank you to both teams, spectators and club volunteers alike for putting on such a great show and giving Scarborough’s Indoor Bowls well deserved praise and hopefully a little bit of fame!!!! Dawn French.. A very proud ladies Captain ... See MoreSee Less

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Final result England 148 Scotland 148, and what a great game look forward to seeing you next year well done to everyone ... See MoreSee Less

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