WELCOME TO ANDOVER BOWLING CLUB

We are a friendly mixed club located in the Vigo Road Recreation Ground.  We have our own parking area, our Green has 6 Rinks and we have very active league teams.  

Andover Bowling Club currently field 2 ladies', 3 men's and 4 mixed teams every week during the summer, playing in the Basingstoke, Salisbury and Whitchurch Leagues. These matches are usually in the evenings with the exception of one mixed league on Thursday afternoons and some ladies games also in the afternoons. 

We hold a weekly Club night, have club competitions throughout the season and play in friendly games with other clubs, both home and away. 

Whether you are an experienced bowler or completely new to the sport, if you'd prefer to play in more competitive or recreational matches, you will be welcome at Andover Bowling Club.  We want you to get the most out of bowls and enjoy the game. 

Or see 'Join Us' for more information about our Club.

ABOUT US

Bowls is a very competitive game but is also a sociable sport and we welcome all new members,  it's not important if you haven't played before. We encourage new bowlers and you can try it out to see if the game is for you before you join.

 

We have been reliably informed that Bowling is a very old sport in Andover. We know it was being played here in 1660 because a lease to the Common Acre (part of what is now the Recreation Ground) stipulated the land could be used for the pasturing of sheep and lambs but they must be kept off the bowling green. 

The current club has been in existence for over 100 years, and celebrated its centenary in 2013, however the bowling hasn't moved far and we are still situated in the Vigo Road Recreation Ground in Andover.  

 

We don't need to worry about the sheep now but we do look after our own green and are very fortunate to have a small team of dedicated Green-keepers who make a huge commitment of time and effort to make our green the envy of many who play on it from other clubs. Not only in the summer months when the green is appreciated by all who use it, but the work continues through the winter by this hard-working team and their helpers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year our club is  honoured  to have two of our members, Keith and Lesley Taylor, as Hampshire County Men's President and County Women's President.  Keith and Lesley are our club's coaches and we wish them well this year and congratulate them on their election. This is the first time a husband and wife team have held these positions together in the same year for Hampshire County Bowling.

We had the privilege of hosting the Bowls Hampshire President's  Day for Leslie and Keith at Andover on 3rd July.  About 50 officers, members and guests from around the County came to play some games of bowls. The greenkeepers were congratulated on their work as  the players commented on the preparation and quality of the surface.  

 

The games were followed by a delicious meal, prepared and organised by Helen, who is the daughter of Sue Milton, one of our our members, and her small team of helpers from the club. The clubhouse was laid out in Bowls Hampshire colours, including the flower arrangements on the tables, it all  looked stunning.  At the end of a very special day for both the Presidents, Keith said "We know that when the guests left they all had the very best of days, all thanks to the many members that gave their time and effort."

The John's Trophy is an very keenly contested inter-county Ladies competition.  

Jackie Kingston played in the Johns Trophy area final team, but unfortunately Hampshire lost to Surrey who now go through to the National finals

The Walker Cup  is an Inter County Double Rinks Knockout Championship and the cup was donated by a Miss A M Walker who was ELBA President in 1954.  

 

Teams are selected.  It was a great honour for both the club and Jackie Kingston to be selected to play against Buckinghamshire on 26th May at Iver Heath Bowls Club.  It was a very close contested game finishing 41-41 before an extra end which Hampshire won by one shot.  The next match  is on 23rd June against Berkshire.

County & National Competitions   Jackie Kingston has reached the National championships at Leamington in the 2 wood singles she will play the first round on 13th August.

She will also play Nicole Rogers from Oakley BC in the County singles 2 wood  final at Banister Park on 7th Sept

Sue Milton and Lesley Taylor reached the quarter final of County Pairs

Sue Milton and Jilly Ross reached the Area final of the over 55 County Pairs 

CLUB NEWS

Keith and Lesley Taylor

Lesley  and Keith Taylor with

Andover President

David Hamilton (centre),

Jackie Kingston with her Hampshire John's Team badge

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