Here are some frequently asked questions of newcomers to the game of bowls.
1. Will I need special clothing and equipment?
Our club runs informal non competitive sessions that are called Roll-Ups. The only requirement for equipment is that you wear a pair of flat bottomed shoes or trainers. Clothing is informal and the club has a stock of bowls that you can use to try the game. We advise you not to buy bowls until you have tried the game to establish the size and weight of bowls that will suit you. dress code for matches is explained when you decide to join the club.
2. Is there any help and advice to help you to learn the game?
Our club has three qualified coaches on hand. They can provide tuition on a 1-2-1 basis as you take up the sport. Initially this is free of charge. If you choose to join the club, a charge of £10.00 is made.
3. Is there a beginners competition?
Our club holds informal turn up and play sessions, called Roll-Ups on a Tuesday evening. These are ideal for beginners. You can play with experienced players who will explain the rules and etiquette of the game.
4. Can I play at any time?
The green is available to members on most days from 11.00 am, unless work on the green is being undertaken of a match is being played.
5. Will I have to play in inter-club matches.
Members can put their names forward for all matches, both home and away. The teams are selected by the Club Captains. You will receive a club shirt at a reduced price. The maximum distance travelled is around 30 minutes by car. We encourage members to car share.
6. How much does membership cost?
Playing members pay an annual subscription. For the current season of 2023 this is £85.00 a year. Social membership is £20.00. There are additional nominal match fees. these are dependent upon the catering that is provided.
7. What about the social side.
The club has a thriving social life. This includes quizzes, race evenings, meals and more. A local bridge club and some U3A groups also meet in our club house.
8. Keeping in touch.
Members also receive a regular newsletter.
Our club has a reputation for being friendly at all levels, including in the way in which we play bowls.
There are no paid employees with members undertaking the majority of maintenance and running of this friendly club.