July next year will be an exciting time for Southbourne Bowls Club as it celebrates its centenary. The Club has been an important part of Southbourne for many years. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Club was just a drinking house for local Southbourne gentlemen.
It then moved to a house in the Crescent in Southbourne and became a Bowls Club as two semi-detached houses were knocked into one. The Club then returned to its present site in Stein Road and expanded into a Social Club with football and cricket teams as well as bowls.
In the 1970s the Club bought and knocked down the old empty Victorian school nearby, so providing a large car park for the Club as well as expanding its premises. A new all weather bowling green and a large dance hall were added.
Regular dances, tribute nights and private parties are still held at the Club and members also enjoy watching sport on the wide TV screen and playing darts, billiards and snooker.
The Bowls Club is popular with short matt competitions held indoors during the winter and standard bowls held outside twice a week, attracting players from all over West Sussex. Men and women play in the summer leagues either at home or away. For more information go to the website at: www.southbournebowls.co.uk