Getting Started at High Legh Bowling Club
Crown Green Bowls has been popular for centuries, and goes back much further than Francis Drake’s legendary
game before he set sail to defeat the Armada in 1588. Its appeal lies partly in its basic simplicity - bowling
biased bowls (or ‘woods’) to come to rest as near as possible to a target (called the ‘jack’
or ‘block’). Its subtlety derives from the fact that crown greens are not flat, and that no two greens
are the same. Men and women can play on equal terms, and from their teens into later life.
Bowls is a friendly non-contact sport that can be played by all members of the family, from grandparents to
grandchildren. It is also a highly social game where new friends are quickly made.
Bowling provides healthy outdoor exercise but takes up less time than golf or cricket. A game can be played
by two players (singles) or four players (pairs / doubles). A typical game might take about an hour, but when
playing socially players can enjoy a game for as long as they like and when they like.
High Legh welcomes those with no previous experience of Crown Green Bowls. You need no special equipment apart
from flat shoes. We will show you how to play and we have spare bowls available for you to use for an introductory
period, so you can delay buying your own until you are sure about playing. We sometimes have second-hand woods
for sale. Our members are always ready to help and advise new players. We also arrange special Coaching Days at
the Club from time to time, at which Cheshire Association coaches give guidance.
As you improve your game you may like, as well as bowling socially and in Club competitions, to join one of the
Club’s teams that play in local leagues.
The outdoor season is six months long – from April to September. During the indoor season – from
October to March – members can bowl in High Legh Village Hall or at one of several other nearby indoor
Initially we encourage new arrivals to bowl with us without commitment before applying for membership.
Then, if you are not just new to the Club but also new to bowling, we offer a half-price outdoor membership
subscription of only £14 in your first year. Thereafter annual membership subscriptions are modest anyway
– £28 for outdoor bowling and £6 for indoor bowling in the Village Hall.
So, to summarise; Crown Green Bowls is a pleasant, friendly sport providing good, but not strenuous, outdoor
exercise at a time of your choosing and at low cost. High Legh is a well-established, friendly club with
conveniently sited facilities, modest subscriptions and special terms for beginners.
Why not contact our Secretary? Click here.
We hope to see you soon.