Lyndhurst Bowling Club is a long-established club based in the beautiful New Forest, with teams playing in both the New Forest Men’s and Ladies’ leagues as well as Club tournaments for singles and pairs. Our wide-ranging membership numbers almost 100, comprising both active bowlers and social members who enjoy this lovely green with its modest but adequate facilities.
The club has a number of mixed friendly matches – a very good way to improve your game while socialising and making new friends. Social roll-ups are held at 2pm every Monday and Friday afternoon, with Club Members Night at 6pm every Wednesday – fun bowling usually followed by food and drink. As well as bowling, the Club holds many social functions throughout the year including Quiz Nights, Skittles meals out and BBQs. Click here for the full list of this season’s events.
The club is situated right in the heart of the village of Lyndhurst but is tucked away from its busy roads, providing a pleasant “haven” for bowling and relaxing.
We welcome new members at all levels from novice to experienced – click here to contact us and find out more!
A Brief History
In 1920, Dr Alfred Moore retired to the village of Lyndhurst. He was a bachelor and enjoyed a game of tennis at the local club which, at the time, was based in Pinkney Lane.
Eight years later, Dr Moore (through a local friend, James Hughes) became involved in starting a new tennis club on land off Sandy Lane, next door to where the Club is currently based. This land had been made available by the nearby Cedar Mount Estate, later to become a small residential development. His plans for the new Tennis Club included a “Social Clubhouse, where the hall could be used for meetings, dances, billiards and changing rooms”.
Following the success of the Tennis and Social Club, Dr Moore began to respond to requests from local people for a bowling green. James Hughes made a small piece of land available, next to the Tennis Club and at the rear of two properties he owned, where a green was constructed and a club founded, all for a nominal rent. And on the 1st May 1929 Dr Moore rolled the first wood down the green. Due to the size of the plot and adjacent properties, it was sufficient only to allow play up and down (East to West) and not across the green, which is still the case today.
In the 1960’s the three organisations situated on the site, the Tennis Club, the “Social Hall” and the Bowling Club became their own individual clubs. By the late 1970’s Lyndhurst Bowling Club had 30+ members but few real facilities within a small, basic clubhouse, boasting just one plug point, a kettle and store shed. But during the 1980’s, membership improved, and the increased income funded improved reception facilities at the green as well as new windows… albeit windows salvaged from a now demolished nearby hotel! In the early 2000’s the existing changing rooms for ladies and gents were added to meet the current league rules.
Who could have foreseen that NINETY YEARS after Dr Moore’s initial idea for a bowling green, Lyndhurst Bowling Club would be flourishing so well today!