The Branksome Park Bowling Club (BPBC) policy on membership is as follows:
BPBC is a sociable, competitive Bowling Club. Within the limitations of the capacity of the green and pavilion, the club admits playing member applicants who demonstrate that they can safely comply with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and are assessed as being likely to be a positive influence towards achieving the club's playing and other aims and objectives.
Partners and close relatives of playing members may be admitted to the Social membership at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Here are some of the questions asked by those thinking of taking up bowls and joining our club.
It looks so simple, just sending a bowl to a jack. Is there enough in it for me?
Although it's easy to pick up the basic rules of bowls it is in fact a game of infinite variety. If you have learnt to cope with different weather and green conditions and how to get round all the bowls already at the head or whether to bowl gently to the jack or bowl heavily to get rid of opponents bowls you have only discovered some of the intricacies of this fascinating game.
Roughly how much will it cost?
Bowls is not an expensive sport. It will cost nothing to test the water. You can come along for some trial games without charge. Just wear flat soled shoes and comfortable clothes and we will lend you the rest.
Once you join you will need to pay the annual subscriptions shown in the membership section and small additional charges for participating in some events such as £2 for any club competition. You pay nothing for any roll-up session.
You will need a certain amount of equipment and clothing. A set of bowls costs about £150 or much less if you decide to buy or even borrow a second hand set (a wise choice for a beginner to give yourself time to find the type of bowls that suit you). Dress code requires grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/blouse and sweater and flat bowling shoes. When you participate in Club matches you will need a Club shirt and white and grey trousers/skirt, and possibly wet weather gear.
Can I have a go before I join?
Will I be expected to take part in Matches and Competitions?
Most beginers like to start with informal "roll-up" sessions and progress from there. We are a competitive club and sooner or later as you improve we are sure you will want to experience the competitive atmosphere of league games and club competitions and will volunteer for at least some of the many opportunities to play in these matches.
Can I play with my partner?
There are plenty of opportunities for husbands and wives or other partners to play bowls together or to enjoy the separate men's or ladies' games.
Should you wish to apply for membership please click here to download our application form