Please note Some of the information below is not relevant due to the corvid crisis. The following describes a "normal year" See above club statement at the top of page for up to date information.
At Forest Hill Bowling ClubWe play Lawn Bowls. The club was formed in 1894 and has been at its present location since 1910. The history of the club, written for our Centenary celebration in 1994, can be found here. We celebrated our 125 Anniversary last year, 2019.
We are a friendly club catering for bowls players, and potential players, of all ages and abilities, new members are always welcome. If you have never played before, or wish to learn more about the game, pay us a visit and let us give you a taste of what is on offer. Coaching is available for beginners from our two EBCS (English Bowls Coaching Association) accredited coaches. Our club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays (from 5.30 pm) during the Summer season (April to September). (Friday is the more popular night).
"The Gardeners" meet from 10.30am every Tuesday, Summer & Winter. "Weeders" are always welcome!
During the Summer season, (April to September), there is a full timetable of friendly fixtures and the club takes part in a number of Leagues and external competitions. e.g. LX league, Jubilee league, North West Kent league.... (Yes we are in Kent as far as bowls is concerned!). Hospitals
The club is affiliated to the The Beckenham, Bromley & District Bowing Association. (BB&BDA) https://bbdba.org/ who's members play games all over Kent and every year go on tour to various parts of the UK.
The Club nights during the Summer season are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5.30pm on, where members play roll "roll ups" - informal games; or just socialise Latter in the season there is a Friday night triples competition with a meal.
During the Winter Season many of our members play at an number of different indoor bowls locations and there are a number of indoor friendly games with other clubs. The club house is open Friday evening for drinks and regular Crib evenings. Some of our members also take part in regular walks in both London and the country.
The present annual subscription for full members is £100 and there is a reduction to £50 for new members.
The club is near bus routes 75 and 356. Forest Hill railway station about half a mile away. See Location & Contact page.
Forest Hill Bowling Club
The Club closed its green on 30 September for the winter season. The green has been hollow tines, reseeded, and top dressed to prepare it for next season.
The club opened for a reduced Summer season with only internal games taking place. These were conducted under strict hygiene regime and a protocol approved between Bowls England and the Government. A limited competition program was arranged, with a Mixed Championship & an Australian Pairs Competition. Both were very successful and had a good number of entrants.
Because of Corona virus, there are no plans for any indoor fixtures this winter season or for opening the Club House for Friday Evening club evening.
It is hoped that the club will reopen in late April. Members who paid their subscription this year will have a reduction of next years subscriptions to £50.
Photos from "normal" years
The Garden during Lockdown
The Club During Lockdown
During lockdown the Green and the Grounds were maintained so that when the restrictions were partially lifted and limited play war allowed, the club was up and running - Chas and Alan G took care of the green and the "Gardeners" - (of course keeping safe distancing), kept the gardens up to scratch.
The Lady Vistors' changing Cabin was constructed in the car park.