Church Fenton Bowling Club is a very friendly and welcoming club, with a membership covering a wide age range. The green is open from around Easter to mid-September, and providing there are no pre-arranged competitions taking place, members are free to bowl whenever they like. In addition to social bowling, there are internal club competitions (detailed below) and we also have both Men's and Ladies' teams in local Bowling Leagues. From September 2010 we have started to play Short Mat Bowls, initially playing in Church Fenton Village Hall. With the completion of our Clubhouse extension we are now able to offer Short Mat bowling (on 2 mats) in our own facility.
When do we play?
During the summer bowling season, there are Men's team matches most Monday and Wednesday evenings. Ladies' team matches are played on Tuesday evenings, and York Mixed Triples league matches usually on Saturday or Sunday afternoons or Friday evenings. On some Mondays and Wednesdays, when both men's teams are at home, and all six rinks are taken up, there are no rinks left for social bowling. This however is quite rare.
During the winter we hold Short Mat social/practice nights on a Monday from 6-30pm. Our home League matches are played on a Wednesday evening starting at 7-15pm.
Apart from the occasions when both Men's teams are at home, you are free to bowl at any time in the bowling season. If you expect there to be a shortage of rinks on one night, for example when one Men's team is at home, then you can book a rink in advance.
There is always the opportunity in the teams for
new players. Every member who is eligible to play in a team, and wants to play
will get a game. As a Club we believe in giving everyone the chance to play in the Leagues, which
helps to keep the membership happy. The majority of our members play in at least
one team, although there is no pressure on you if you don't wish to. We believe
that you should be able to make whatever you want out of your membership.
Membership costs are as detailed below (correct as at September 2016):
£5 enrolment fee for adults / £2.50 enrolment fee for Juniors (one-off payment if annual subscription is renewed before 31st March each year)
£25 annual subscription (Outdoor bowling)
£12.50 annual subscription for Juniors, up to 15 yrs of age (Outdoor bowling)
£15 annual subscription (Short Mat)
£7.50 annual subscription for Juniors, up to 15yrs of age (Short Mat)
£10 annual non bowling Social membership
Membership period 1st April - 31st March
Are there any other costs?
Every time you play in the league, you will be charged a playing fee of £1 per game. If any non-member wishes to play, the cost is £2 per person per session, which includes bowls hire and the use of bowling shoes if needed . Apart from that, there are no other costs, except buying your bowls and accessories.
We charge £2 per session for organised Short Mat bowling in the Clubhouse, to cover the cost of heating and lighting and refreshments.
As a member, you can have free use of Club bowls, but you must not take them away from the Club unless you are playing in an away League match.
Once you are an established player, most members purchase their own bowls and shoes.
We run 11 internal club competitions, which all eligible members are allowed to enter:
Men's Singles - Knockout format, each game being first to 21 points.
Ladies' Singles - Knockout format, each game being first to 21 points.
Singles League - A one-day competition, held one Sunday in summer. A number of short "round robin" games, the winner of each league going through to a semi final, followed by the final on Finals Day.
Doubles - Knockout format, teams of two competing against each other. Teams can be all male, all female, or mixed.
Triples League - Held one Sunday in summer, mixed teams of three play against each other in a league format, the top two going on to compete for the title on Finals Day.
Veterans - Singles knockout format for anyone aged 60 and over, each game being first to 21 points.
Michael Bankes-Jones Memorial Trophy - An open singles knockout competition played over 2 sets of 9 ends.
Thursday Afternoon Doubles League - An open doubles competition, each match played over 12 ends throughout the season.
Reg Naylor Sheild - A new competition for 2012. This is a 91 up 4 wood Singles competition which is open to all members.
Ladies' Doubles - Another new competition for 2012. To be played on one day, with the pairs to be drawn on the day of play.
Les Walls Memorial Trophy - A new competition for 2014 open to all members. It will be 2 wood Singles, the first to 21.