Cinderford Bowling Club was established in 1987 and opened its green in June 1992. The following year the club affiliated to the English Bowls Association and Gloucestershire Bowls Association.
Cinderford Bowls Club competes in the mixed leagues of both the Wyvern and CMA Leagues with matches played throughout the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean on Monday & Thursday evenings. 2019 saw our thriving ladies team enter the Ladies Gloucester League for the first time, with matches played throughout Gloucestershire on Tuesday evenings.
With a proud heritage, including numerous county and international players, Cinderford Bowls Club provide a fantastic environment for anyone wanting to while away a summers evening. Set in the heart of the picturesque Forest of Dean, we have the perfect location in which to enjoy our beautiful game.
Throughout the course of the season the club entertains a number of friendly matches on weekends, allowing members to indulge in the social aspect of our sport.
Wednesday evenings are set aside for Club Nights and this is a good time for newcomers and visitors to come along and introduce themselves. With a club tournament run alongside training, Wednesday evenings provide a relaxed, yet competitive environment that supports all levels of experience and ability.
Annual Tours are arranged by club members and Bowls Tourists to Gloucestershire are very welcome to play here. With a thriving social event calendar running throughout the winter months, Cinderford Bowls Club is a friendly club which tries to cater for all players no matter at what level they wish to play the sport.
A Brief History of Bowls
Lawn bowling, or “bowling on the green,” is an outdoor game that has fascinated both young and old for centuries. The actual origin of the game is hidden in the haze of antiquity. We do, however, have authentic records of well over seven hundred years of bowling history.
Sculptured vases and ancient plaques show the game being played some four thousand years ago, and archaeologists have uncovered biased stone bowls from 5,000 B.C. which indicate our ancestors enjoyed the game of bowling more than seven thousand years ago.
When Caesar ruled Rome, the game was known as “Bocce,” and the conquering Roman Legions may well have carried the game to Europe and the British Isles. By the thirteenth century, bowling had spread to France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, and England.
Bowling was so well established in England by 1299 A.D. that a group of players organized the Southhamptom Old Bowling Green Club, the oldest established bowling club in the world that is still active
Whilst our club doesn't quite date back that far, some of our members could well lay claims to have played alongside Caesar himself....