Charlbury Bowls

January 29, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

Charlie Hurst


Enjoy a game of skill, but which anyone of any age or gender can play on equal terms? Like being outdoors, in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere? Looking for a summer sport or social activity? Well Bowls is the ninth most popular participation sport in England with more players than cricket, rugby union and hockey, and may well be the sport for you. Charlbury Bowls Club life member Charlie Hurst has seen many changes in his time as a bowls player. Now aged 92, and still playing, he enthuses about the game and that he plays with others old enough to be his great grand-children. “It is a wonderful game to play. The basic rules and skills are easy to learn but once hooked many want to do more than play socially. It is wonderful to see young players taking up the game and being successful”.

Charlbury Bowls Club was established in 1934, and after having three different locations for their green settled at their current home in 1996. The lovely clubhouse and grounds were largely built by members and that sense of community still survives at the club today. Seventeen year old Alannah Ford was not born when the clubhouse was opened but represents the younger end of the playing age spectrum. She is in the Oxfordshire under-25 training squad and last year was part of the winning county triples competition. “I really enjoy the challenge of bowls and it is a great balance to school work. Being able to play competitive matches alongside members of all ages and abilities brings a real sense of enjoyment. And what could be better than being outside in the sun on a summer afternoon.”

Anyone can turn up and try out the game – all you need to start is a pair of flat soled sports shoes or trainers. Most clubs have sets of bowls that can be borrowed and often allow several trial roll-ups to help decide if you want to take the sport further, either as social bowls or playing in the various club teams and competitions. The summer season is from mid-April to late September, and there is an indoor version to keep you busy the rest of the year.

Want to find out what happens at a bowls club? Then go along to an open day at a club near you and roll up a few bowls. All ages welcome. No obligation, but you might enjoy it and want to play more! Charlbury Bowls Club have their open days on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 6 May at 2.00pm, or email for more information.

Charlbury Bowls Club, 74 Ticknell Piece Road, OX7 3TW.