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Andover Bowling Club

The Whitchurch A and C Teams playing at home

We have been reliably informed that Bowling is a very old sport in Andover. We know it was being played here in 1660 because a lease to the Common Acre (part of what is now the Recreation Ground) stipulated the land could be used for the pasturing of sheep and lambs but they must be kept off the bowling green. There was another bowling green at the Charlton end of the town at the what is now The Magic Roundabout. The original pub there was Bowling Green House and the bowling green would now be under the roundabout at the front of the pub.

Over three hundred years later we haven't moved far and are still situated in the Recreation Ground in Andover. We have our own parking area, our Green has 6 Rinks and has very active league teams for both men and women and a mixed league.

The Green opened this year on 9th April and will close mid-September.

These days at Andover we don't need to worry about the sheep but we do look after our own green and are very fortunate to have a small team of dedicated Greenkeepers who make a huge committment of time and effort to make our green the envy of many who play on it from other clubs. Not only in the summer months when the green is appreciated by all who use it, but in the winter work still goes on by this hard-working team and their helpers.

Bowls is a very competitive game but is also a sociable sport and we welcome new members, and it's not important if you haven't played before. Have a look at our membership page to find out more and get in touch.

Both the men and the ladies have teams which play in the Basingstoke League and Salisbury and District League. There are also 3 mixed teams which play in the Whitchurch League and the Thursday afternoon Stan Hardman League.