Bowls Club

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Shotesham Bowls Club is a hidden gem on the edge of Shotesham village located in a rural setting overlooking farmland. It’s facilities include a good quality bowling green with 6 rinks and an automatic watering system, along with floodlighting for evening matches, a clubhouse with kitchen and a toilet, and an adjoining car park.

We have about 30 members of mixed ages and bowling abilities, split roughly 50/50 between men and women. Some of our members have belonged to the club for many years but we are all forward thinking and warmly encourage new members. You would be very welcome to come along and take part in our “roll ups” for practice on a Saturday afternoon to see if you would like to join the club. Our roll ups are very relaxed laid back gatherings when members dress casually, and the accent is very much on just having an enjoyable afternoon bowling and socialising with other club members.

Bowls is a relaxing, yet competitive sport for all ages that not only helps keep you fit but lets you meet new people and see new greens when we play matches away against other clubs in the surrounding villages.

Our club is run on an equal opportunities basis which means every member has the same opportunity to put their name forward to play in one or more of the matches against another club each week. We also enjoy internal competitions where trophies are awarded to the winners at a club dinner which takes place in the village pub in November. A highlight of our season is a club pairs competition and barbeque, this is always well attended.

We hope you would enjoy playing bowls with us all you need to start with is a pair of flat heel-less shoes so you can walk on the green without damaging it. We would lend you some bowls for your first practice sessions. Weather permitting the club opens on Saturday April 18th this year we hope to see you there.

If you are interested do come along or contact Alan Banham on 550574,  Mike Razzell on 498446, or John Torbitt on 499541

History of the club. Shotesham Bowls Club played at Shotesham Lodge in 1945, which was then occupied by Mr Claude Barton, a director of Wincarnis (fortified wine) in Norwich. He was the father of Andrew Barton who lived at Rose Cottage and for several years was associated with the Shotesham Festival which started in 1976 and was held every 4 years and continued for about 20 years.

In 1947 Mr Jimmy Emms from Malthouse Farm offered the club land, the present site, at a very small rent and the green was laid by Fred Clarke and other members. With pedestrian access  from a small gate on Brooke Road and an ex rail wagon in the left hand corner as a club house. Around 1960 the green was extended and the present clubhouse was purchased and a toilet was added and also a car park with access by a new driveway. The green and additional land having been purchased with some financial help from the Norwich City Supporters Club which is  why the NCS Cup is competed for each year. In the 60s there was a strong ladies section and there was a ladies team who raised enough money to have floodlights installed, and these are still used when necessary.

By the 90s the green had deteriorated having many bare patches, and the decision was taken to have it relaid. This was done in 1997 and home matches did not start until 1st June. This work was financed by the members by loans and gifts and was repaid within 2 years. We then had thoughts of an automatic watering system and this was installed around 2000 with some financial help from WREN waste recycling organisation.