The League was founded in 1993 by the late Bernard Taylor, a founder member of Crondall Petanque Club.
At the time, there were several clubs in the North Hampshire and Surrey areas which were not affiliated to the national organisation (then the British Petanque Association, now the English Petanque Association), but had members who wanted to play others in a spirit of friendly competitiveness. An inaugural meeting was held at the Hampshire Arms in Crondall in February 1993, but it is not known how many clubs attended. The basic tenets of the league were agreed:
- The format would be three teams from each club playing each other in doubles games
- No affiliation to a national body would be required
- Teams would be allowed to field substitute players during a match
When the league entered its 17th year (2009), some of the original clubs no longer existed (Sun Inn, Chilworth) and some later participants have also disappeared (Cannon, Dove). However, some clubs now enter two or even three teams, so there are sufficient numbers for a competitive league structure. Having lost their terrain at the Rising Sun, Leatherhead relocated to Oxshott Village Sports Club and are now known as Oxshott PC. In the interim period, clubs at Camelsdale and Kingsclere participated for a while, but then withdrew. In 2010 the Nomads and the third ABC team have withdrawn, but we welcomed a new team from Cranleigh.
As in recent years, this year (2017) there are 12 teams (from 8 clubs) which are divided into 2 equal divisions (A & B). There will be a play-off at the end of the season to determine the final results.
Any other club in the catchment area who would like to join should contact the League Fixture Secretary, , Tel: 01252 654732, Mob: 07759 221296.