A public meeting in 1912 decided that a bowling green was needed in Shaldon. The green was laid in 1913 in the centre of Shaldon. Mr John Palk was the first Honorary Secretary of the bowling club; at the opening of the green a match was played between the new club and members of the Urban Council. Many of the club members were handling a wood for the first time and they lost to the Council by 84 points.
The space used for the bowling green used to be part of the village green and it was where the fishermen dried and repaired their nets. It is rumoured that the neighbours bordering the green, unfamiliar with the game of bowls, were afraid the bowls might leave the confines of the green and smash their windows!! So far we are happy to report, this has never happened – yet! In later years the green was extend and this resulted in its unique shape, some would say quirky. Set in the heart of the village, featured in estate agent adverts, and an attraction to visitors in the summer, it is also one of the most successful clubs in Devon if not in England.
The men and ladies have teams competing in the local leagues and in club, county and national competitions. There are senior and junior international bowlers in the club and our men supply many players for the County teams.
The club welcomes bowlers of all ages. Bowlers are encouraged to play in the league games but they are welcome to have fun in the roll-ups, which are held every week, and the friendly matches.
There are not many clubs in the country which are as successful as Shaldon, who possess a green that is not square but is in a wonderful setting, a club house which is only a hut, a full age range of players from 13 to 90, a fun loving set of ladies and great camaraderie and if you are interested, then the Club Secretary would be happy to give more information. It really is a unique club in a quaint setting.
There is restricted parking around the green. Should this be full, there is a 50 space car park on the Shoreside Estate opposite St. Peter's Church, a few minutes walk from the green. Please feel free to drop your bags off at the green and then park up.
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Club Secretary>Maxwell Dick07973379513
Ladies Secretary>Viv Postlethwaite01626 firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Match Secretary>Brian Haywood01626 872519
Ladies Match Secretary>Sue Fallon01626 774473
Ladies Captain>Anne Mears01626 873548