Bilton Bowling Club
Bilton Bowling Club - History
The club was initially formed in 1926, as a Conservative Bowling Club before dropping the political association and continuing as a Men’s only club. Ladies were invited to join in 1960 and we now have membership of approx. 40 men and 16 ladies.
The land on which the club stands was donated to the club and is held in trust its use being restricted to the operation of a Bowling and Social club. Originally the clubhouse was a small wooden structure to the east of the green. The current clubhouse was opened on the 31st August 1968, and stands at the opposite side of the green.
Bilton Bowling Club - Today
The club is located in the village of Bilton which is found to the south of Rugby. It is a small friendly mixed club providing an opportunity for members to participate in both internal club competitions, team matches against local clubs, both friendly and competitive, as well as enjoying a friendly roll-up with other members and friends. The club is run as a Community Amateur Sports Club.
The Club is very much a members club run solely by volunteer members via a Management Committee. Members are encouraged to take part throughout the year in various tasks both indoor and outdoor ranging from match day teas to ground work and over recent years the club has been the proud recipient of a gold "Rugby in Bloom" award including in 2017.
The club opens for the summer season in Mid April and the green is open from 11am to Dusk daily. From the 12th May 2017 Friday evenings (from 6.00pm) will be set aside for a "Club Night" for members, and new players are welcome to attend to have a try. The Club Bar will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the season.
The Men participate in a midweek triples cup competition (Thursday evenings) with 5 other clubs in Rugby. There are also regular friendly matches on Saturday afternoons and some midweek matches. The Ladies take part in a competition on a Sunday with 5 other local Rugby clubs and also enjoy both midweek and Saturday friendlies.
The club is affiliated to:
- Bowls England
- Warwickshire County Bowling Association
- Warwickshire Women’s Bowling Association
- Rugby Bowling Association
The club house is available to hire for private functions / meetings (Contact: David Harrison. Please use the Booking Form (found under Hall) to make initial contact). The local Ramblers group use the hall for their meetings and New Year’s Eve celebration.
In 2005 the club, with the aid of a grant from Rugby Portland Cement Benevolent Society, built a single artificial surface rink. This is (can be) used by local Schools, Youth Groups and other Community groups by arrangement.
During the winter Off Season members meet on most Wednesday’s with the chance to take part in a short mat bowls competition in the clubhouse.