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Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club
The Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club, founded in 1904, was the second Lawn Bowls Club in Bournemouth.
Our Green and Clubhouse are situated at the corner of Woodlands Avenue and Southbourne Overcliff Drive.
Boscombe Cliff is a private club and prides itself in encouraging many newcomers to try the game on our green. Some have become members, whilst other holiday makers have gone back home and joined their local clubs in England.
From October 2010 the club became the managers of the Bowling Green and Premises which are owned by the Bournemouth Council and have taken on the responsibility for the successful maintenance and running of the green.
Any one can bowl here for a very reasonable fee with bowls being provided FREE of charge, flat soled shoes are required but can be supplied if you do not have any.
Please contact the steward on duty when you arrive or to make a reservation the telephone number is 01202 427810.
Boscombe Cliff moved to its present site after half the green disappeared over the cliff top during a storm early 1920's and a replacement Green with it's picturesque Pavillion was erected in 1927 which is still being used today. It incorporates a Café which is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00 April to September to everyone and is not just for our members. Paul and his dedicated staff provide breakfast, lunches and cream teas during the summer and continues to operate thoughout the winter for Sunday lunches.
2009 saw us win the National Top Club Championship at Worthing and again in 2011 reached he semi final, two of the many great achievements at National and International levels brought home to this club over the years through a succession of talented players.
Shelley Park Bowls Club became members of our club as their green was closed some years ago and is now the site of the carpark of the recently restored Shelley Manor the former home of Mary Shelley(author).
For the past few years we have held very successful Open Days to attract new bowlers to our ancient game. In 2013 our coaches will be concentrating their efforts to improve the levels of performance on those who wish to improve to a more advanced level. However any member of the public who wishes to try out the game just ask one of our duty stewards who will be able to help, or telephone any of the officers on the contacts page
Today all clubs encourage males and females of all ages including families to come along and try it for themselves, as it is no longer considered an "Old Man's Game"
The Dorset Community Foundation's representative made a donation in 2011 for the purchase of some small bowls which are ideal for those younger bowlers, people with smaller hands or those whose hands are affected with arthritus and cannot use the larger sizes bowls to be used in coaching sesssions. We now have all sizes for use at the green.
Renovation of the Clubhouse and Green
We had a a good attendamce at the 2012 AGM meeting and our plans to further improve the changing facilities for both male and female members could be seen and will be finished for the start of the 2013 Season. Our regular visiting friendly teams will notice the vastly improved changing areas for both men and women. This winter we also did the hollow tyne on the green and many barrel loads of cores were taken out to improve the drainage, it now looks in tiptop condition even after the unusal amount of rainfall we have experienced.
Members who attended the Annual General Meeting held at the club on Sat 12/11/2011 commented favourably on the refurbishing of the seating in the lounge, the enlarged changing room and how well the renewed GRASS BANKS had taken.
Our Greenkeeper with the aid of half a dozen volunteers has done a magnificent job saving the club over £20,000 from the quote for artificial banking.
Members and visitors are asked to repect these banks by using the steps provided to get on to the green
We are indebted to all members who willingly volunteer to help the club progress in the modern age of council cuts.
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