ABOUT OUR CLUB
We currently field 2 ladies', 4 men's and 5 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, completely new to the sport, or 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.
Andover Bowling Club President
BOWLS IN ANDOVER
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 an Open Day In April every year, and our coaches follow this up with four fun coaching sessions.
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 we celebrated our 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.