Bowls club celebrates centenary

May 30 2019

A BOWLS club born in the aftermath of the Great War is celebrating its centenary this year.

GB Britton Bowls Club was established in 1919 when men returning from conflict needed a new focus and workers from the GB Britton shoe factory company found that by forming a bowls club. Originally established in the factory in Lodge Road, the club moved to its present site in Ingleside Road in the 1960s and the clubhouse was rebuilt by members in 1992.

The club is looking forward to another successful season as it goes into its centenary year as champions of Bristol and District League Division 1 and holders of both the prestigious Clarence Davey cup and the North East Bristol League cup.

A number of celebratory events have been planned during the year the highlight of which will be a match against Bowls England on Wednesday June 5.

Chairman Peter Coles said: “The club is very proud of the success it achieved last year and is looking forward to celebrating its centenary. A number of special events have been organised and the year will be rounded off with what I hope will be a memorable birthday party.”

The club, which has a membership of more than 100, boasts a sixrink green with changing rooms and a large raised terrace. It is open to bowlers of all abilities without restriction and has access to signers for deaf members.