OUR FACILITIES AT THE COUNTY BOWLING CLUB
Arguably, the green is our most important asset, having an excellent reputation as one of the best playing surfaces in the area. It regularly receives extremely positive comments from visiting teams and has been used for the opening rounds of the Southampton Open Tournament. There are normally six rinks, with each rink supporting one game of up to eight players. It can be extended to seven rinks if required for special occasions. The rink directions and lane positions are changed regularly to ensure even wear on the green surface.
The annual green dressing, which takes place in the Autumn, is an important part of maintaining the green in its pristine condition.
The Club has a limited amount of off-street parking within the club grounds. In addition, there is car parking on Northlands Road, with some bays restricted to four hours, which is long enough for a game of bowls.
The south facing pavilion dates from the Club’s founding in 1889 and retains most of the original features. It has undergone a number of enhancements and extensions over many years, the latest in the late 1990’s to provide new ladies changing facilities. An extensive external refurbishment was carried out in 2016, providing new cladding and new windows, which matched seamlessly with the original designs.
A veranda, along the length of the clubhouse, provides covered seating for spectators, and a patio area offers outside seating and tables.
Separate changing rooms and toilet facilities are provided for ladies and gentlemen with lockers to store equipment and clothing. Notice boards in these areas often advertise surplus clothing and equipment for sale which can reduce the cost of getting started for new players. The club also has a limited selection of bowls, which newcomers are welcome to borrow, while they discover which of the various styles, weights and sizes are best for them.
The main hall provides a general seating area, allowing flexibility for drinks and snacks or for full meals as needed. Much of the history of the club can be seen from the Honours Boards, and from photographs and trophies which adorn the walls. The hall also doubles as a games room for our many social events such as skittles.
Off the main hall is a modern kitchen and a well stocked bar. The club has WiFi connectivity and a defibrillator can be found in the club office.
Meals, or as a minimum afternoon teas, are provided for many of our games against local and visiting teams. For larger events such as Opening Day, we draw upon outside caterers or possibly hold an American buffet. Barbecues are often held on the patio to support social events.