Welcome to the Cockfosters Bowling Club Website
Green: Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, EN4 9JG - Phone 020 8449 3536
Welcome to the Cockfosters Bowling Club Website. We are a six rink lawn bowls club formed in 1919. Cockfosters was one of the many bowling clubs to form after the 1914-18 War and, although it has changed its location slightly in the intervening years, it retains an ideal green belt home alongside the cricket and football grounds in Chalk Lane on the borders of the London Boroughs of Enfield and Barnet.
As part of Bowls England's National Open Weekend initiative, we are holding open sessions on 28th-30th May from 10 a.m. to noon. No experience is needed, all equipment is supplied - but please wear flat-soled shoes.
Cockfosters Bowling Club clubhouse
The Club enjoys a wide range of bowling interests for its members, including friendly, non-competitive bowling, internal club competitions and participation in County, Finchley & District and Veteran's leagues. Many members enter individual national, county and local cup competitions as singles, pairs, triples and fours.
On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, members play in randomly selected teams in points competitions for which cups are presented at the end of the season. Other types of matches are devised for Bank Holidays and for our special annual charity day. All members, of whatever standard, are encouraged to participate.
On Thursday mornings, the club hosts the local Parkinsons Society group who play on three rinks of the green.
In the winter of 2009, considerable expense was incurred in raising the edges of the green which had sunk over the years, and the Club is constantly working with its contractors to improve and maintain the standard of the green. In recent years the club has been used for ladies’ inter-county matches on a number of occasions, and the North London Ladies semi-finals.
While the Club runs men’s- and ladies’-only teams for many outside competitions, other club matches are mixed, including club days. In all other respects, men and ladies are on an equal footing in the club and have an equal opportunity for election as Club President and Club Captain or other office. At the same time, men and ladies share the practical side of running the club such as catering, green preparation and maintenance and all club members are expected to play their part.
Opening Day at Cockfosters
The Club is situated in Chalk Lane off the Cockfosters Road and near to the Cockfosters Underground station. Please see the 'Find us' page for map and directions.
Members of all playing standards are welcomed at the Club. Membership of the Cockfosters Bowling Club is subject to interview and to reaching a minimum standard of proficiency on the green as endorsed by a Club Instructor. Bowlers who are new to the game pay reduced fees for the first season to reflect the financial outlay for equipment.
While introductory “taster” sessions are held early in the season for new bowlers, we are prepared to offer this facility to anyone at any time during the playing season. During instruction, only flat soled shoes are required and adherence to the dress code is not required.
All playing members are automatically enrolled as social members and non playing members may join at a cost of £15 per year. A wide range of activities takes place over the year including BBQs, Quiz evenings, theatre visits, race meetings and a fortnightly Boccia afternoon in Winter. Bowls holidays in this country are also arranged. The club does not have a bar because of security, insurance, and lack of demand, but members may bring in drinks as required.
The Playing season runs from late April to late September. The annual playing membership fee currently stands at £150 with a lower sum for junior members. This entitles members to play seven days a week from 10 a.m. to dusk, subject to the green not being used for maintenance or club matches. On Club days, members pay a small sum for play and refreshments and small amounts will also be charged for club friendly and competitive matches, sometimes including a meal. Entry fees are charged for internal club competitions.
The Club has a dress code which consists of white tops and grey trousers or skirts on weekdays, and all white on Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays. Ladies’ dress may vary according to match. Members are expected to adhere to this code at all times when playing, marking or practising on the green.
In the 2019 Centenary year, the club adopted an official Club shirt that is worn by each player in inter-club matches.
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