Where and how we started
We are a flat green bowling club established in 1955 to carry out the sport of bowls.
We are a unified club in which Gentlemen and Ladies play in a variety of club games, both internally and externally with other clubs in Devon. We are affiliated to both Bowls England and Bowls Devon.
There are many league games shown on the club fixture list. These are played by Men and Ladies only teams.
All friendly games listed in the club fixture list are mixed games.
The men play Over 60 leagues where we field 3 teams of 6 players Wednesday afternoons for 18 weeks
Recently added is our involvement in the Exeter and District League where we enter 2 teams of 9 mixed players per game
Also the men play North Devon Triples where one team of nine players play ten games every Friday evening.
Finally the men play 71 Shield where we put out one team of nine players.
The Ladies play 86 Shield with a team of six players. A Top Club competition is also run within this league
We play a number of Friendly games at weekends, Saturdays and some on week days These are mixed team games against other Devon Clubs..
Visitors and guests are always welcome to watch home fixtures. We remind members, visiting bowlers and guests that whilst dogs are also welcome they must be on a lead and under control at all times.
During the off season, after outdoor play has ended, we have a Short Mat club which meets for roll up games every Tuesday and Thursday. Together with this activity, we also play leagues games, some as afternoon fixtures and some in the evening. More details can be found on the Short Mat page.
Local Green Space Designation
North Tawton Bowling Club has been designated a Local Green Space in the North Tawton Neighbourhood Plan for its recreational value to the community and its historic significance (http://www.northtawtonneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/ pages 20-21).
The designation of land as Local Green Space through neighbourhood plans allows communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them.
Club President Mike Thwaites bowled with opening wood at this opening ceremony.
The club members then went into the Spider which had a prize of a bottle of Whiskey for the Bowler nearest to the Jack.
For the spider, members place themselves around the 4 sides of the green, place 1 foot in the ditch and have a single Bowl in their hands. The President then throws the jack and at the same time all members bowl their wood. Nearest to the jack wins the prize.
The following roll-up game was completed with a bring and share tea and of course the Bar.
All enjoyed the day and were looking forward to a substantial fixture list to work through during the season.