Paignton Bowling Club secures ‘freedom to develop club’

Paignton Bowling Club has secured a long lease with the council which gives members the freedom to d

Paignton Bowling Club has secured a long lease with the council which gives members the freedom to develop the club - Credit: Archant

Paignton Bowling Club was founded in 1902 and is situated in the heart of the town.

Paignton Bowling Club welcomes new members

Paignton Bowling Club welcomes new members - Credit: Archant

The club first played on Paignton seafront but also used Queens Park, Paignton, its present location, which it originally shared with the Paignton Croquet Club and, in October 1903, asked for exclusive use of the green in the north west corner of the park.

Permission was finally granted in 1908.

In 1934, a new bowling green was laid and a clubhouse erected, being extended in 1948.

Other building works have been carried out and, in 2014, phase one of improvements were carried out - a new fence between the green and the cricket field.

In 2016, phase two was started - the extension of the clubhouse, with the assistance of Viridor Environmental Credits with funding for both projects.

Phase three was the refurbishment of the toilet block roof and improvement to the ladies' facilities and, in 2019, phase four saw new kitchen units being installed to make the clubhouse more up to date.

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We continue to improve the facilities of the club.

We have a reputation of being a very friendly club and the fact that we currently have around 160 members, both male and female, surely backs up this claim.

The club has a very busy bowling calendar.

We enjoy entertaining touring sides, from all over the country, with a game of bowls, a cream tea and general hospitality, in addition to playing local clubs in friendlies.

The ladies have three league teams in the South Devon Ladies League, while the men have three teams in the Mid Devon League.

There are also teams in the Riviera Mixed Triples and men's over-55 leagues.

The club have their own in-house league in addition to the club competitions and we cannot forget the county and national competitions members also enter.

There is a bar so that members and visitors can enjoy an after-match drink.

During the winter months we also have teams playing in the local short mat league and now we have the new extension, we are able to have two mats playing at the same time, for our in-house league.

In addition, we also have two portable skittle alleys for use by members.

We run coffee mornings in addition to socials throughout the year to keep the members occupied and together as one happy family.

In addition, a bridge club is also run during the winter months.

After many long years of waiting, Paignton Bowling Club is thrilled to announce that we have secured a long lease with the council which gives us the freedom to develop the club as the members see fit.

New members, visitors and guests are always made most welcome. To visit the club, call 01803 557663 or email or log on to the website