The Branksome Park Bowling Club (BPBC) policy on membership is as follows:
BPBC is a sociable, competitive Bowling Club. Within the limitations of the capacity of the green and pavilion, the club admits playing member applicants who demonstrate that they can safely comply with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and are assessed as being likely to be a positive influence towards achieving the club's playing and other aims and objectives.
For the 2020 season we are likely to be close to our maximum limit for Men players so the opportunities to join may be limited. There are still spaces available for Ladies
If you wish to find out more please contact the Mens' or Ladies' Captain whose contact details can be found on the Contacts Page
Should you wish to apply for membership please click here to download our application form.
Some questions asked by those thinking of taking up bowls and joining our club.
It looks so simple, just sending a bowl to a jack. Is there enough in it for me?
Although it's easy to pick up the basic rules of bowls it is in fact a game of infinite variety. If you have learnt to cope with different weather and green conditions and how to get round all the bowls already at the head or whether to bowl gently to the jack or bowl heavily to get rid of opponents bowls you have only discovered some of the intricacies of this fascinating game.
Roughly how much will it cost?
Bowls is not an expensive sport. It will cost nothing to test the water. You can come along for some trial games without charge. Just wear flat soled shoes and comfortable clothes and we will lend you the rest.
Once you join you will need to pay the annual subscriptions shown in the membership fee section and small additional charges for participating in some events such as £2 for any club competition. You pay nothing for any roll-up session.
You will need a certain amount of equipment and clothing. A good set of new bowls can cost up to £300 however if you decide to buy, or even borrow, a second hand set (a wise choice for a beginner to give yourself time to find the type of bowls that suit you) you would pay considerably less (£60 to £100). The Club has a range of bowls which you can use when first starting to play. Dress code requires grey trousers/skirt and a white shirt/blouse and sweater and flat bowling shoes. When you participate in Club matches you will need a Club shirt and white and grey trousers/skirt, and possibly wet weather gear.
Can I have a go before I join?
Most certainly. One of our experienced members will be pleased to show you the ropes and let you have a go, without any obligation. Just contact either the Men's or Ladies Captain or the Club Secretary Paul Mullender whose details are can be found on the Club Contacts page.
Will I be expected to take part in Matches and Competitions?
Most beginers like to start with informal "roll-up" sessions and progress from there. We are a competitive club and sooner or later as you improve we are sure you will want to experience the competitive atmosphere of league games and club competitions and will volunteer for at least some of the many opportunities to play in these matches.
If I am new to bowling how do I progress?
We have a comprehensive bowling and coaching programme every Monday morning from 10.30 until around lunchtime. Experienced bowlers will show you how to bowl, discuss the rules, how to measure and generally you the confidence to bowl in a fun atmosphere. Others with you will be in exactly the same position as a beginner.
Can I play with my partner?
There are plenty of opportunities for husbands and wives or other partners to play bowls together or to enjoy the separate men's or ladies' games.
Coaching session in progress