Keynsham Bowling Club is a mixed club which was formed in 1957 and provides for both competitive and social bowling activities and is located within the Memorial Park, which is just off Keynsham High Street.
We are a friendly club that is more than just a bowling club
Be Part of the Club
The Club is Affiliated to Bowls England and Somerset Bowls Associations and enters teams into a multiple of local leagues including the Somerset League and Bristol and District League for the men, and the North Somerset League and the Mendip League for the ladies. We also enter a team in the Somerset Mixed League which play on a Friday evening. In addition to the league matches the Club also plays a number of Men’s, Ladies and Mixed friendly matches throughout the season. These can be quite sociable occasions! We also organise a number of internal competitions which vary in format with Men’s, Ladies and Mixed events laid on. These take place throughout the season and culminate in a Finals Day or weekend in September. Our Club Night takes place each Monday evening between April and August which provides the ideal opportunity to play in a more social game of bowls whilst getting to better know other members of the club. The bar is always open for a friendly drink and bit of banter at the end of the evening. Our Annual Presentation Lunch then takes place in November at a local venue. Once established, members are also welcome to apply to play in any of the Somerset County or Somerset Patrons matches, which are advertised in the clubhouse. Each year our elected Club Captain (Men’s) and Ladies Captain decide on a local charity that they wish the Club to adopt. Donations are collected through a variety of means including the summer BBQ and the annual Men’s tour. In 2022 the Club was able to donate £1800 to the Dorothy House Hospice, which was very warmly welcomed.
Apart from the main interest of playing bowls, the Club takes pride in ensuring that members get together on a regular basis in a more social atmosphere and remain in contact throughout the year. The Club hosts a Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday of each month with a couple of volunteers taking in turns to run the event. This proves very popular throughout the year with a regular attendance of between 40 and 50 members. A Christmas raffle is normally organised to coincide with the Coffee Morning held in December. We also hold a Captains’ charity BBQ in the summer and this also proves very popular with a musical act supporting the event. The final ‘roll up’ day of the season ends with a traditional fish and chip supper. During the Closed season we aim to hold a social event at least once a month and these range from a quiz, bingo night, Beetle drive or some form of musical or other entertainment. The highlight always being the very popular Christmas Party. A number of members also gather at the clubhouse to see in the New Year.
The Club is always keen to attract new members and provides the facility to obtain free coaching at our regular Monday morning sessions held from May onwards. We also offer coaching on a Saturday morning for those unable to attend during the working week. All the equipment you need is available at the club including a range of bowls, which come in differing sizes, weight and bias. A pair of flat soled shoes/trainers is helpful although we do have a range of shoes to lend during the sessions if need be. We allow individuals to attend four free sessions after which we ask that they decide whether they wish to become a member or stop the coaching. Once a member, you are welcome to seek further coaching although many members tone their skills by having regular ‘roll ups’ with other club members. There is a lot of rules and etiquette to pick up with bowls but all these all come with experience. It’s a great game to play but hard to master.
We are fortunate to have a relatively large and comfortable clubhouse which is perfect for gathering pre and post-match for a drink and some friendly discussion. We have a well-stocked bar and a decent kitchen which is used to prepare any pre or post-match refreshments. The Club now accepts both cash and card payments for any purchases from the bar. The clubhouse is air-conditioned and on those rare, but very hot afternoons, provides a refreshing break from the heat. The clubhouse also provides changing rooms for both the home men’s and ladies teams, along with toilet facilities. A defibrillator is housed in the lobby to the clubhouse, with a number of club members trained in its use. Broadband has been installed which provides both members and visitors the chance to connect their phones via Wi-Fi if needed. Changing rooms for any visiting teams is provided in the Annexe building.
Our Officers and Club Captains
The day to day management of the Club is managed by an Executive Committee which consists of the Officers of the Club and a number of other members who undertake key functional roles on behalf of the Club. The Club also has four Trustees who oversee the running of the Club.
President & Trustee
Vice-President & Trustee
Chairman and Coach