The 'Friendlies' Club
Cranborne Bowling Club. Pennys Lane, Cranborne BH21 5QR
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Cranborne is a small village situated on chalk downland called Cranborne Chase, part of a large expanse of chalk in Southern England which includes the nearby Salisbury Plain and Dorset Downs.
It is notable for its 17th century large Manor House - home to Viscount Cranborne - and its ancient church, the origins of which date back to the 12th century. Also a major visitor attraction is the Ancient Technology Centre . The village hosts two public houses - The Inn at Cranborne and the Sheaf of Arrows - together with an award winning restaurant - La Fosse - and a delightful tea room located in the Cranborne Manor Garden Centre. To complement all of this is a marvellous village shop/post office.
Cranborne Bowling Club is situated on the north side of the village alongside the Cranborne Association of Sports Clubs (CASC) clubhouse as shown on the map below. The green is 4 rink size and is adjacent to the cricket and football pitches. We have a rural timber pavillion complete with the essential kitchen. Toilet facilities, at present, are supplied by the CASC clubhouse which also has a bar open at certain times.
The club plays a number of friendly matches home and away against local and not so local teams. The playing strength of the team revolves around approximately 30 players and is supported by about 15 social members. Many more players are welcome to join the club at any time which also has an open day to attract new players of varying ability. The majority of matches are played on a mid week afternoon along with a very few evening and weekend games. The club also has internal competitions for which trophies are awarded.
We are very grateful to be sponsored by Douch and Small, Funeral Directors of Wimborne who also sponsor other prestigious clubs in the Dorset area. There is a separate sponsor page on this website dedicated to Douch and Small where further full details can be found.
A potted history of the club as such. In 1962 Pat Dommett's father, Reg Booth managed to obtain the defunct tennis courts on the recreation field. He rallied about 30 Cranborne locals into forming a working party to dig out and create a 3 rink bowling green. The pavilion, which is still in existence, was an old agricultural building probably a chicken house . The members increased to a maximum of 70 members and a waiting list. In 1994 a fourth rink was added and also an extension to the existing building to create a kitchen.
Since our heyday our bowling numbers have dropped, but if you are keen on bowling this is not a disavantage as you will have plenty of opportunities to play, unlike a club with full membership. Come and have a try on our Open Day and discover the “Friendly Bowling Club” for youself and perhaps become one of our members. Alternatively, there is a contact email address on the page banner at the top above where further information can be requested.
BREAKING NEWS : It is with much sadness that we report the passing away of our dear friend and past President, Peter Morgan earlier this week. Peter was a long standing member of the club and its President for a number of years. We have no information on funeral arrangements as yet but they will be published as soon as they are to hand.
Enrolment Day Tuesday 13 March at 10 am in the CASC Clubhouse close to the Pavilion. This year - new members fee only £33-50 (see 'join us' page), or else
come and try on our 'play bowls' days (see 'news and weather page).