Every month Bowlaway will be featuring one of the clubs we regularly use to host matches. This month our club of the month is Bournemouth Bowling Club.
Bournemouth Bowling Club is situated within Meyrick Park, just a ten-minute walk from central Bournemouth. With a unique Grade II listed clubhouse situated between the two greens Bournemouth Bowling Club is an attractive and friendly club. The club has a private off-street car park, and there is a golf course, a fully equipped gym and tennis court within spitting distance. An independent cafe and a fully licensed bar are available for club members and the public alike with a very attractive terrace overlooking the greens. The club is an ideal setting for parties, wedding receptions or craft fairs which have been accommodated in the past.
Bournemouth has a reputation for being a very friendly club. They run three league teams on a Saturday afternoon within the Bournemouth & District Bowling Association League; one in the Premier League, and two in the Saturday Triples League. There are also two teams in the Tuesday Evening Triples league and their ladies are well represented in these teams and in their own B&DBA League fixtures played on Thursday afternoons. Bowlaway’s match co-ordinator Geoff Jones is a member!
Hampshire County, Bournemouth & District matches, a club sponsored Wednesday Morning Triples League, club competitions and club friendlies take place throughout the season offering plenty of bowling for all. Bournemouth Bowling Club have a lively social calendar with regular non-bowling functions throughout the year; evening meals, tours, day trips, dinner dances, coffee mornings, etc.
Bournemouth Bowling Club was founded in 1903after a Bournemouth councillor first encountered bowls on a holiday to Scotland. On his return he persuaded the local Croquet club to release one of their playing areas for one Friday afternoon per fortnight. Within 3 months over half of the croquet club members were playing bowls, and in January 1903 permission was granted for the second croquet area to be re-designated as a “proper” bowling green. Thus Bournemouth Bowling club was born! The same year Bournemouth Council sponsored the first event – an open tournament that attracted 23 entries. This event grew into the world-renowned Bournemouth Open Tournament and Bournemouth Bowling Club was tournament headquarters for over 100 years. The club is proud to hold two very enviable records :
The 1st and only Club to win the County Fours, Triples, Pairs, Singles, under 25’s and County Club Championship in the same year – 1998
The youngest ever winner of the County Singles in 1993 with Nicky Jones
In 1992 they won the EBA fours at Worthing with Ian Rawlinson, Chris Stanger, Mark Warren and Nicky Jones, and in 1993 the same four were the runners up in the British Isles Championship.