Outdoor Bowls Club

Street Bowling Club was founded in 1922 and moved to its current location in the mid 1980s from behind The Bear Hotel in town. The ladies and men’s sections were joined into one club in 2007. Membership is currently around 50 with roughly 40% Ladies. The age range varies from those in their twenties up to octogenarians. It is a section of The Victoria Sports & Social Club to which individuals must join to be members of the bowls club. Fees for both are due in April each year. A match fee is payable for each game played and a raffle is held after each game, and this is the main source of revenue for the club.

Club night is held each Monday throughout the season from 6.00 pm to which all members are welcome. A friendly game of 10/12 ends is played with teams drawn at random. New bowlers are encouraged to join in and coaching is normally available. It is possible to join this section as a social member where as the name implies many of the privileges of full membership apply, including participation in social events but access to league matches is restricted.

The season opens mid-April with a club friendly and a fish and chip supper. Other social games held are a ‘yardstick’ event mid-season, followed by a supper with various cheeses and wine. Plus President & Captains day at the season end in September where refreshments are provided after an 18 end friendly game. Competition cups are also then handed out to the winners and runners up.

During the year 2 tournaments are held where other clubs are invited. In June a ladies flower day is for the ladies only and in September we host an Open tournament where we invite 24 teams to play, and provide refreshments and lunch for the all day event.

The club compete in various leagues within the County. The Ladies participate in the Wild League, 3 triples, playing home and away against 10 teams from the Mendip area. Our Men play in the Saturday afternoon County League with 3 rinks per game. We currently have 2 teams, the A team in the Premier division and a B team in the South West second division, playing teams throughout the County. They also play in a Mid Somerset League for 4 rinks on Wednesday evenings. This ‘MSL’ league also run a mixed league – MXL – for 3 mixed rinks played on Friday evenings. A second mixed league is the Wessex Mixed Friendly Triples League, played as 4 triples home and away against clubs in a wider area and going into Dorset. These games are particularly useful for less experienced members to get match practice.