Twenty local villagers attended a demonstration, arranged by the Parish Council in The Keene Hall, of Short Mat Bowls. Their enthusiastic reception resulted in the immediate decision to form the Galleywood Short Mat Bowls Club. The first club night was held in May at the Galleywood Infants school and within three weeks there was a waiting list for membership. The purchase of mats, bowls and other equipment was made possible with the help of an interest free loan from the Parish Council and from club members . The club is affiliated to both the Essex and English Short Mat Bowls Associations.