Cyphers Indoor Bowls Club

Cyphers IBC is one of the most successful bowls clubs in England with many experienced International players as well as a thriving junior section.

ABOUT US

Cyphers Indoor Bowls Club, based in Beckenham, Kent, was founded in 1935 but sadly the building was razed to the ground by enemy action in June 1940 and the green was not re-opened for play until 1956. In 1937 the club hosted the Denny Cup final and although they did not win it on that occasion, since then it has won the trophy on five occasions and been runners-up three times most recently in 2012 when we lost to City of Ely. 

Over the years the club has also been very successful in the National Championships with over 20 titles with the most recent successes being in the Fours and the Pairs.Whilst the Club is not big in Membership, it’s a very friendly and competitive club that has a very active Junior Section. 

The club has a great tradition of producing players for England with nearly 20 players representing their country over the years. Current members of the Cyphers squad who have worn the famous blue blazer are Terry Heppell, Martyn Sekjer, Paul Field and the current Captain of the England Team, Andy Thomson MBE. Former World Indoor Pairs Champion Gary Smith who is now CEO of the governing body of World Bowls is a life member who won many titles during his time with the club. 

Among the many young rising stars at the club is Taylor Monk a current England International player and Tom Bishop who in at the age of 22 was crowned World Champion of Champions when he won the event held in New Zealand defeating players from Cyprus, Botswana, Guernsey, China, Singapore, Israel, Wales, Scotland and Hong Kong. The most notable win for Bishop was when he defeated Robert Weale (Wales) at the time ranked world No.17 and a former World Indoor Champion & Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 4-10, 6-4, 4-2, in the semis to get through to the final where he beat Scottish rival Alastair White 8-4, 9-5. Current and past members have also enjoyed success in the British Isles and World Championships. 

The club is very proud of the fact that Andy Thomson became the World Indoor Singles Champion for the third time in 2012, a fantastic achievement considering that bowls at the highest level is now considered a young person’s game so to win it then at the age of 56 shows incredible determination and appetite for the sport. In January 2013 Andy was awarded an MBE in recognition for his services to bowls and in March 2014 he became the first player to reach 100 caps for England. In 2015 Andy reached the final again who at 59 was the oldest player ever to reach the final. This time he was up against a fellow MBE and 5 time winner Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall. Tattie who won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was in the form of his life and proved too strong for Thomson on the day but it was another remarkable achievement by Andy. Click here to view the club’s honours.

MEMBERSHIP

 

New members are always welcome here at Cyphers no matter your age, gender, ethnicity or disability. 

We like to think of bowls as a young person’s game that older people can play too, not the other way round. The general public still regard the sport as a hobby for the over 60’s and whilst this might be the case with a lot of clubs across the UK, they only play casually and socially. However many bowls clubs compete with one another in county and national competitions. 

We have a good number of players in their 20’s and 30’s, something you’ll find common place with many clubs who consider themselves competitive. 

“We have an 18 year old member and an 80 year old member, bowls truly is a sport for all ages."

Bowls is a great way to make new friends and we cater for both sides of the game. If you’re just looking to socialise and play occasionally, we have friendly matches and an Inter-Club friendly league which you can participate in as soon as you become a member. Off the green we host galas & social events every season.

The green has 4 rinks in total and the club facilities consist of men’s and ladies separate changing rooms, a drinks bar, dining room and parking for members and visiting teams.

Bowls is a fantastic social sport but it's also great for channelling that competitive nature. It’s not unheard of for someone to take up bowls in their mid 20’s and still go on to play for their county or even their country and compete in the Commonwealth Games.

If you’ve already made your mind up and cannot wait to get onto the green, you can download a membership form here and once completed either drop it into the club by hand or you can email it to the email address below by scanning it and attaching it as a file. For more information you can call the club on 020 8778 3889 or email us: contact@cyphersibc.co.uk

MEMBERSHIP FORM

HONOURS

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Denny Cup
1965 (WINNERS)
1976 (WINNERS)
1983 (WINNERS)
1985 (RUNNERS UP)
1992 (WINNERS)
1993 (WINNERS)
1995 (RUNNERS UP)
1999 (RUNNERS UP)
2012 (RUNNERS UP)
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World Titles
1993 – PAIRS (G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1994 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
1995 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
2012 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
2015 – SINGLES RUNNER UP (A. THOMSON) 
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British Isles Titles
1972 – PAIRS (R. HARRIS & D. CROCKER)
1987 – PAIRS (G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1989 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1990 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1991 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
1991 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1992 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
1992 – PAIRS (G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1995 – PAIRS (B. VICKERS & G. SMITH)
1995 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
2016 – TRIPLES (P. FIELD, A. THOMSON & T. DOIG)
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EIBA Winners
1971/72 – PAIRS (R. HARRIS & D. CROCKER)
1980/81 – TRIPLES (D. CLARK, T. HEPPELL & A. THOMSON)
1982/83 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1983/84 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1985/86 – PAIRS (G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1987/88 – SINGLES (G. SMITH)
1987/88 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1988/89 – SINGLES (A THOMSON)
1988/89 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1989/90 – SINGLES (A THOMSON)
1989/90 – FOURS (M. SEKJER, T. HEPPELL, G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1990/91 – SINGLES (A THOMSON)
1990/91 – PAIRS (G. SMITH & A. THOMSON)
1993/94 – PAIRS (B. VICKERS & G. SMITH)
1993/94 – FOURS (G. BOOTH, T. HEPPELL, M. SEKJER & G. SMITH)
1995/96 – FOURS (P. BUTCHER, T. HEPPELL, M. SEKJER & G. SMITH)
2003/04 – TRIPLES (N HORNSBY, T. HEPPELL & A. THOMSON)
2004/05 – SINGLES (A. THOMSON)
2007/08 – FOURS (P. FIELD, T. HEPPELL, T. DOIG & A. THOMSON)
2008/09 – PAIRS (P. FIELD & A. THOMSON)
2014/15 – TRIPLES (P. FIELD, A. THOMSON & T. DOIG) 
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England Internationals
P. BUTCHER – 1993 to 1998
D. CROCKER – 1972 to 1985
D. CROSS – 1975/76
T. DOIG – 2011/12/14
P. FIELD – 2009/2010
T. HEPPELL – 1985/86/87
M. PHILLIPS – 1974
M. SEKJER – 1981 to 1991 recalled in 2005
G. SMITH – 1984 to 1998
A. THOMSON – 1981 to 2016, England Captain, Inclusive (100th International cap achieved in 2014)
T. MONK - 2015 (U25)
T. BISHOP - 2016 (U25)
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KCIBA Winners
1972/73 – FOURS (F. LAKE, F. HILL, J. REEVES & D. WELLS)
1975/76 – TRIPLES (R. HEPPELL, M. HEPPELL & T. HEPPELL)
1975/76 – FOURS (D. CROSS, F. COOMBER, R. HARRIS & D. CROCKER)
1976/77 – TRIPLES (D. CROSS, J. BULL & H. DORMER) 
1977/78 – TRIPLES (D. CROSS, J. BULL & H. DORMER) 
1978/79 – TRIPLES (M. SEKJER, K. COOMBER & J. LENNON)
1979/80 – U/35’s SINGLES (J.BULL)
1979/80 – TRIPLES (M. SEKJER, M. PHILLIPS & R. HARRIS)
1980/81 – U/35’s SINGLES (G. SMITH)
1980/81 – TRIPLES (R. CHANDLER, N. PERKINS & C. MARKHAM)
1980/81 – FOURS (D.CLARK, D. PUTTOCK, M. HEPPELL & T. HEPPELL)
1981/82 – U/35’s SINGLES (D. CLARK)
1981/82 – TRIPLES (N. PERKINS, K. COOMBER & G. SMITH)
1982/83 – U/35’s SINGLES (J. BULL)
1982/83 – TRIPLES (F. LAKE, B. VICKERS & K. WARD) 
1983/84 – U/35’s SINGLES (D. CLARK)
1984/85 – TRIPLES (R. STOTHER, D. BANFIELD & J. BULL)1985/86 – U/35’s SINGLES (M. SEKJER)
1986/87 – U/35’s SINGLES (M. SEKJER)
1988/89 – PAIRS (R. STOTHER & D. BANFIELD)
1989/90 – FOURS (I. WAY, R. DUFFELL, M. PERKINS & K. COOMBER)
1994/95 – PAIRS (G. BOOTH & P. BUTCHER)
1995/96 – SINGLES (J. PAVELING)
1995/96 – PAIRS (G. BROCK & M. SEKJER)
1996/97 – PAIRS (G. BROCK & M. SEKJER)
1997/98 – PAIRS (G. BROCK & M. SEKJER)
1997/98 – FOURS (G. BOOTH, J. PAVELING, T. BEESLEY & G. SMITH)
1998/99 – PAIRS (G. BOOTH & P. BUTCHER)
1998/99 – FOURS (P. DOUGHTY, G. BROCK, M. HEPPELL & M. SEKJER)
1999/00 – TRIPLES (T. HEPPELL, R. ROWE & R. HURRELL)
2010/11 – PAIRS (I. WAY & G. BROCK)
2011/12 – FOURS (A. McILLMURRAY, T. MONK, P. FIELD & A. THOMSON)
2012/13 – FOURS (D. KING, P. FIELD, T. MONK & M. SEKJER)
2012/13 – SINGLES (T. MONK)
2014/15 – SINGLES (M. CHEESEMAN) 
2014/15 – PAIRS (L. HARRIS & G. BROCK) 
2014/15 – TRIPLES (P. FIELD, J. KING & T. MONK)
2015/16 – SINGLES (T. MONK)
2015/16 – FOURS (L. EREIRA, A. CATHERALL, JACK KING & J. EREIRA)
2015/16 – O/55 TRIPLES (D. KING, I.WAY (sub M. SEKJER) & G. BROCK
2015/16 – O/55 FOURS (D.KING, I.WAY, G. BROCK & M. SEKJER)

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