Founded in 1897

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Saturday 11 May - Coffee morning

An enormous amount of work had been undertaken by the ladies of the Club, led by Pauline Smith, in putting together what was a combination of a coffee morning and a mini-fair on Saturday morning. The weather behaved and visitors arrived on a consistent basis throughout the two hour event.

The usual stalls of books, bric-a-brac, nearly new clothing, pottery, raffle, tombola and children's games were supplemented by two unusual offerings needing quiet and concentration.


To the left is Michael Hutchison, Club member and local artist, who was providing charcoal portraits crafted in only a few minutes.

To the right are Julie and Michelle from Specsavers who were providing free hearing tests and doing brisk business.

Who could resist buying a cuppa from this cheerful trio of kitchen servers?

Especially, if that tea or coffee could be consumed along with this array of cakes.

All the indoor activity was supplemented outdoors by David Anderson's plants and beautifully crafted bird homes and feeders.

Finally, for those suffering from bowls withdrawal symptoms or shopping "leg" you could also have watched a National "family pairs" bowls match from under the shady umbrellas of our viewing area.

Thursday 2 May - History corner 

With a 127 year history there are many stories to be told about this Club. Since our last move in 2001 everything looks so new, including our little summer house which sits between our two greens.

However, bowlers at our club in the Nunnery Road site would recognise it in the 1930's onwards.

But the bowlers who paid for it in 1910 at the Old Dover Road site would have made much more use of it then.

It is to be hoped that ladies watching our bowls matches today might be rather happier than those pictured above, but probably not wearing such exotic hats.

Tuesday 30 April - Forest of Blean Bowling League Trophy

In 2023, the Canterbury Men's team playing in the Forest of Blean Bowling League (FOB) finished the season unbeaten and top of the League. 

On a wet Tuesday evening Alan Jordan, the Chairman of the FOB, kindly travelled from Herne Bay to present the FOB Trophy to Darren Ellis (2023 Captain) and Mike Cunningham (2024 Captain).

It would be remiss of the website to omit to mention that the only Canterbury triple to win all of their FOB matches in the 2023 season was Peter Foster, Dean Ellis and John Andrews.

Tuesday 30 April - the gardeners and the repairers

Once again we have to thank and praise those members who maintain the gardens and who apply their skills to fix anything which needs fixing. Every Monday morning they are faced with new challenges and invariably those challenges are met. It was a pleasant change this week to have some warmer and less wet weather and they were able to have their well-deserved cuppa outside.

They could certainly do with some more helpers, so think whether you could spare some time on a Monday.

The gardens don't look after themselves and the fact that they look as good as they do, is down to many enthusiasts who look after segments of the grounds; again more help is needed.

We would encourage the more professional photographers out there to submit their own views of our grounds as suggested in our post of 22 April.


Monday 22 April - photography challenge

In order to show how progressive we are after 127 years of existence, we are considering changing the photo of our greens and clubhouse seen above.

Of course, we are not rushing into a hasty decision and we have extended the challenge to all our Club members to come up with their own photos by the end of May. These should illustrate the joys of nature to be found in our grounds; the fun that can be had on our bowls green or in our clubhouse; the big sky that we have, being in our elevated position etc. The choice is yours, something creative or artistic, perhaps a collage?

An early entry that has been put forward shows the sort of thing we had in mind.

Another early entry of various Club members enjoying themselves in a local pub was deemed to be fun, but not eligible! If they would like to reconvene at our bar and try again.......

Send your entries by the end of May to canterburybowlingclub@ymail.com . Visitors to our Club are welcome to submit a suggestion.



Sponsors of Canterbury Bowling Club

We are fortunate to have various high quality organisations that sponsor our Club in a number of ways. Some advertise their brands by placing boards on our Clubhouse - click on the expanding images and the hyperlinks for Burgess Hodgson, Chartered Accountants,  Choose Leisure, Motorhomes, Canterbury Specsavers ,Hearing and eye health, Mickle Creative, Design, printing and websites, Boys & Maughan, Solicitors, Chaucer Hospital ,Private hospital and McCarthy Stone ,Retirement homes.

Some firms sponsor our fixture book

In Action Bowlswear, bowls equipment suppliers, Mark Cosgrave Wealth Management Ltd, financial planning services, Tim Gower Building Services Ltd, extensions, renovations and conversions, Woollard & Kent, funeral services

Our fixtures now appear on our Competitions page

Some firms support our tournaments








Some also support us in other ways