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Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl

The Odd Fellows were one of the first Friendly Societies. Through the modest contributions of their members they could extend help to those who were ill, injured, bereaved or unemployed. They were the forerunners of trades unions, insurance companies, provident organisations and mutual savings societies. The Odd Fellows were a local Guild formed from an assortment of different trades in smaller places where there were too few in the same trade to form a local Guild for that trade.

The Oddfellows Incorporated Friendly Society today has a national network of 113 branches; they are a non-profit mutual society which, for over 200 years, has  focussed on improving the quality of people's lives through friendship, care and charitable support.

​Information from www.oddfellows.co.uk 

Odd Fellows Hall, All Saints Street, Stamford Odd Fellows Hall, All Saints Street, Stamford

The Odd Fellows Hall in Stamford was built in 1876. The architect was J B Corby. There was a 450-seat hall upstairs and a 250-seat hall downstairs at ground level.

In 1909, films were screened in the upstairs hall. This was so successful that the downstairs hall was also used for screening films and was operated as the Electric Picturedrome.

In 1922, after extensive alterations, the upstairs hall was re-opened as the Picturedrome, the downstairs Electric Picturedrome having closed.

During World War II, the Picturedrome was closed and used by various government departments. In the mid-1960s, it was refurbished as the Crystal Room, retaining the cinema screen and equipment. By 1973, the lower hall was in use as offices for the Inland Revenue.

The entire hall was closed in late 1988 after being sold. By 1994, the interior had been gutted and converted into flats, while the exterior had been cleaned and restored. The name ‘Odd Fellows Hall' and the date 1876 is still inscribed in the stonework on the facade.

The Oddfellows Rosebowl competition was first run in 1990; half of the proceeds from the entry fees, after expenses, are donated to a local charity.

​Information from cinematreasures.org. Photo from www.geograph.org.uk,  Robin Stott 

The Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl. The Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl.

Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl Winners

1990-2009 Winners 1990-2009 2010- Winners 2010-

1990

Stamford C

2010

Langtoft Pearl A

1991

Wittering C

2011

Ketton A

1992

Blackstones D

2012

Oakham A

1993

Empingham B

2013

Empingham A

1994

Wittering B

2014

Blackstones C

1995

Belton Gardens A

2015

Blackstones C

1996

Langtoft A

2016

Empingham A

1997

Great Casterton B

2017

Oakham A

1998

Langtoft A

2018

Blackstones D

1999

Stamford 

2019

Ketton Kestrels

2000

Langtoft A

2020

No competition

2001

Belton Gardens A

2021

No competition

2002

Langtoft A

2022

Blackstones D

2003

Oakham A

2004

Langtoft A

2005

Blackstones C

2006

Oakham A

2007

Blackstones C

2008

Oakham A

2009

Stamford Town C

Winners of the Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl 2022: Blackstones D. From the left, back row:  Darren Middleton, Sam Downs, Mark Pye, Jon Earl; front row: Wayne Morris, Darren Russell. Rita  Downs, captain Pete Linnell, Stamford League President Ally McNaughton, Mal Smith, Dusty Miller. Winners of the Oddfellows Charity Rosebowl 2022: Blackstones D. From the left, back row: Darren Middleton, Sam Downs, Mark Pye, Jon Earl; front row: Wayne Morris, Darren Russell. Rita Downs, captain Pete Linnell, Stamford League President Ally McNaughton, Mal Smith, Dusty Miller.