Hawkhurst Bowls Club
Set in the heart of the Weald, Hawkhurst Bowls Club is one of Kent’s best and loveliest lawn bowls clubs.
Well known for its friendly welcome and great atmosphere, we welcome everyone no matter what the extent of their skill or knowledge
Hawkhurst Bowls Club
The bowling season is from mid April to the end of September and members can access the green at any time during those months. Competitive and friendly matches against other clubs take place during the week.
During the season, there are introductory bowling sessions which can be booked by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. New bowlers will be given free coaching from experienced players and can then learn more and improve at their own pace.
Flat soled shoes must be worn on the green. For casual ‘roll ups’ there is no dress code. The Club will provide bowls (woods) for new players trying out the sport.
The earliest record of the Hawkhurst Bowls Club is of around 1907 when it was originally situated behind the Queens Head Hotel in Hawkhurst. During the war the club continued to grow and host many events including a touring club from Australia. In 1979 the club moved to a new site in Conghurst Lane thanks to the generosity of a local farmer who sold them the land. The club is a privately owned by its members. Although not very large (about 40 members) the club does have a strong contingency of keen players, and has persistently done well in both the Weald and Rother Leagues. Every year it holds two tournaments, the ‘Mixed Pairs Tournament’ in July, and the ‘Triples Tournament’ in August which has always been supported well over the years.
After few years of fund raising, in 2012 the club had raised enough money to build a new pavilion to replace the original one which was falling apart as it was second hand when erected 1979. The new pavilion opened in 2013 by Andy Thomson who was world bowls champion in 1981. The pavilion has been a great success not just with the catering but also for holding social function.
We have recently introduced ‘Short-Mat Bowls’ over the winter period which has proved a great success with three sessions being played on Thursdays.
With this in mind it has been agreed to put in plans to extend our pavilion to accommodate a full length mat which will allow us to compete in leagues.