New Bowlers

We extend a warm and friendly welcome to new bowlers at Old Basing Bowling Club, whether this is your first time, or you are looking to join a new club, we would love to see you at our club.  We have several special open days that you can find under our News and Events page, but don't worry, if you can't make one of those, you can walk in every Thursday evening between 6.15pm and 8pm, May to September, and either have a go, or sit back and relax with a drink in hand and watch the rest of us attempt to get near the jack.

So what are you waiting for?  Come on down, make new friends, and have some fun at the same time.  All ages are welcome, check out the BBC segment with Mike Bushell and Natalie Melmore below.


Membership is open to all ages, and experience.  Included in your membership is free coaching, and access to the bowling rinks for as many practice sessions (roll ups) as you like at any time through the season.



Membership Fees Information
Full Membership £82.00 Annual membership entitles you to bowl as often as you like with no additional charges for rink/green use, and access to our fantastic facilities

Social Membership £8.00


Out of Parish levy £5.00 Applicable to non-residents of the Parish of Old Basing & Lychpit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need experience to join the Club ?
A:No experience is required, we offer low cost lessons to anyone wishing to learn the game from scratch.

Q: What specialist equipment is require ?
A:The minimum ‘specialist’ equipment required is a set of Bowls (ranging from £40 second hand to £150 new) and Bowls Shoes (£15 - £50). All your clothing can be as cheap or as expensive as you like (as long as it is the correct colour !)
Q: Do I need my own 'Jack'
A:The club provides all the equipment needed to play a match , Jack, mats, scorecards  and scoreboards etc. Other equipment you are advised to have is a measure and some chalk.
Q: Can I just turn up and play ?
A:Yes - as long as it is within Club opening times and there are free rinks to play on, you canplay for FREE for as long as the rink is empty.
Q:I don’t know all the rules , will this stop me playing ?
A:No – The basic rules are easily picked up and the more you play the more you will learn. Normally there is always an experienced player down the club you can ask if in doubt.
Q: Can non members (like friends and family) enter the club ?
A:Yes – Spectators are always welcome
Q: How long does the outdoor season last ?
A:Approximately from the beginning of April till the middle of October
Q: What happens when it is raining, do you play ?
A:Firstly if you do not have waterproof’s you will get wet ! and yes we do play in light rain. Play is stopped for heavy showers to avoid the green getting damaged.
Q: Who runs and maintains the Club facilities ?
A:The members do. All green maintenance, cleaning, general repairs etc is performed by the club members (usually by rota basis)
Q: Do I have to play Club matches ?
A:  No - We have a large friendly fixture list during the year plus the local friendly leagues with neighbouring clubs but no one is forced to play in these games. If you do not put yourself forward you will not be pressurised into playing.
Q: How long does a game last ?
A:  As a rough guide a normal ‘team’ game which would be 4 players per team playing 21 ends would last approx 2 ½ hours.

Whether you play in Friendlies, Competition Leagues or Roll-ups, the prime requirement is that you enjoy yourself