Leatherhead Bowling club
Leatherhead Bowling Club welcomes anyone wishing
to play bowls, whether they are a complete beginner or
an experienced player. We
are a friendly club and offer coaching to those who are interested. Please do have a look around this site to see
if bowling might be for you.
Leatherhead Bowling Club was founded in 1908 and was initially based on a green of Cumberland turf between Queen Anne’s Terrace and Linden Road where the Conservative Club now stands. By 1925, the club had moved to its present location after Leatherhead Urban District Council (LUDC) created a recreation ground in Fortyfoot Road. LUDC continued to own and control the ground until control passed to its successor Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). MVDC continues to own the land and the property thereon, but the club leases the grounds and buildings and is responsible for on going maintenance. We are very proud of the facilities we have and work hard to care for them. We are privileged to have hosted several Surrey County matches our grounds recently. In 1911 there were 60 members. Since then membership has waxed and waned. The 30’s appear as a high point but in 1964 concern was expressed over level of membership. In 1966 the Leatherhead Ladies Bowling Club was formed to run alongside the men. A high was achieved in 1995 with 145 members and in our centenary year we had 115 members. In 2012, Ladies and Men’s associations merged nationally. We are lucky to already have a Lady President and we regularly have mixed competitions and matches. As the honours board in the clubroom shows, the Club is very active, meeting with other clubs locally, on tour in the UK, Australia and elsewhere, as well as holding its own internal competitions from the casual “roll up” to the more committed cup challenges. In 2018 we embarked on a major project to rebuild our clubhouse. Despite the inevitable delays which accompany a such a big development we are nearly there and the clubhouse should be fully open at the end of July.
Leatherhead is a very friendly club where new members are warmly
welcomed and given every encouragement to join this fascinating game.
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Latest Club News and Updates
At last I think I have reached the stage where information for the upcoming season can posted on the web site
As you know David has been responsible for organising membership renewals this year and he will in due course provide you with a membership card. We are not now issuing fixture booklets to members but instead the fixture programme has been emailed to members.
I have also sent out a list of the officers of the club with their specific responsibilities and their contact details. If you have a question about a particular aspect of how the club works and operates you can direct your question to the right person. This information is also available in the who’s who section,
The online booking system will operate again this year for casual bowling on the rinks. As you will already be aware that for “organised sport” we are allowed up to 24 members on the green. This covers all our club matches, the “prize drives” (formally “Spoon Drives”) Ivan Foote drives and the early season 100up events. Where these appear on our calendar for home events I have removed these sessions from booking availability. For casual use of the green i.e. roll ups three rinks will be available (rinks 2, 4, and 6) with 2 members allowed on each rink. These can be booked in the same way as the system operated last year. I have made available booking slots up to the end of May and will add more when we get closer to end of May. It might well be that there will some further clarification on the use of green for casual play during May. As we approach the 21st June we will have to decide on whether to keep an online booking system or revert to a rink book.
We have decided to start the “prize drives” immediately to give members the opportunity to get more early access to the green. We are limited to 24 members on the green so allocation for the afternoon’s play will be strictly on a first come first served basis and the list will close immediately the legal limit is reached. This rule will also apply to the 100up sessions.
David has informed me that all the slots for the afternoon drive on 17th April are now filled and the morning slot is filling up fast. If you still want to play on our opening day make sure you contact David ASAP.
We are now able to offer some limited access to the green under the slightly more relaxed government guidelines. We have introduced an online booking system and all members have been sent details on how to use this and guidelines for using the green and access to the clubhouse. Enjoy your bowling and keep safe!
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Last Updated 7th April 2021