Belvedere Social Bowls Club
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What fun will I have as part of playing bowls?
Friendly matches are played almost every Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the season, plus the occasional weekday match. The season lasts from the middle of April until the end of September. With the regular practice evening and casual play available at all other times, as well as a variety of competitions, there is ample opportunity to actually play bowls.
On match days which involve a coach trip, the rendezvous is Belvedere Social Club. The coach leaves at 10am. Currently the coach trips are to Herne Bay, Cheriton(Folkestone), New Romney, Hythe, Whitstable and Deal. At the moment the coach trips cost £16 per bowler, and £13 per visitor. This cost includes refreshments at the opponent's green.
The Social Club facilities are
of course available at all times as part of your Social Club
you can visit C.I.U. clubs anywhere in the country with the affiliation
The annual dinner and dance takes place in early November with a sit down dinner (4 courses) and a disco. The bowls club has competitions through the season and this event is used for the presentation of the trophies. Some people dress up for the occasion but the vast majority are dressed smart casual. A nice relaxed colourful evening that is attended mainly by bowlers and friends
For the 60+ age group, the game of Bowls affords the opportunity, not available in many other sports, to play competitively. Many competitions are organized.
There are our own Club competitions to enter, which members are encouraged to enter, with finals day in September.
Then there are the CIU competitions, North Kent competitions and Bexley Borough competitions which you
There is a cost associated with playing any sport. Lawn Bowls must be one of the cheapest sports to play.
Fees for membership of Belvedere Social Bowls Club are:-
This allows unlimited bowling at the home green for no additional cost.
As the Bowls Club operates as a
section of Belvedere Social Club, members of the Belvedere
Bowls Club can join the Social Club.
There are joining fees, and yearly subscription fees.
If you decide to take up the game of Bowls, the basic equipment is:-
There are additional clothing costs but these are comparatively inexpensive.
There are second-hand items of bowls and clothing for sale at our club house and at those of our opponent clubs.
Bowls is a relatively simple game.
It's easy to play bowls, just pick up a bowl and try to get it as close as you can to the jack. To help you play better there are:-
Obviously, we expect you to play bowls for the Club, but unlike some clubs, we do not expect you to play a minimum number of games. You make the choice for as many or as few as you wish. Of course, we would prefer the former. Currently we have over 40 outdoor fixtures, nearly all of these are mixed matches (men and ladies). You can enter as many Club or outside competitions as you wish.
At present some members undertake maintenance duties on the green itself, but this is purely voluntary.