Welcome to Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club
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Our clubhouse is situated a few hundred yards from the old Market Place and just past St Mary's Church.
The Club has its own parking facilities which are normally adequate for our visitors cars, and if necessary a coach can be accommodated. Access to our own car park is through the entrance to the Crossfields public pay and display car park (where charges apply until 10pm).
Our green is kept in excellent condition by our own volunteers on a planned maintenance system and can accommodate up to seven rinks. A raised patio area is equipped with tables and chairs and makes a first class viewing area along with plenty of benches around the green. We are renowned for our hospitality towards the touring fraternity and have a superb room to entertain them in. We know how important this is, being a touring Club ourselves.
The Hedgehog is the Club mascot. Depicted on the Club's flag, it stems from local history going back some 1500 years. This was the period when the Celts invaded the area, referring to it as the 'Ergyng' or 'Land of the hedgehog'.
Annual Membership fees are as follows: Full £70; Social £14: Petanque £28; Short Mat £35; Junior £23; under 16's free of charge. New members are always welcome and free Coaching by qualified members can be arranged by appointment.
We are very happy to take anyone, of any age, who is interested in learning to bowl onto the Green during the bowling season (roughly between 3rd week in April and the third week of September) to let them have a go, at no expense.
Just ring the Secretary, Marcia Gwynne, or the Club Captain, and we will arrange a convenient date and time. Or perhaps you would like to try your hand at petanque (played all year round) or short mat bowls (played during the Winter). The Club also has three Skittle teams playing in the local winter league.
Facilities include three good sized changing rooms, two well stocked bars and a pool table. We also have a large and comfortable dining and entertainment room, which also doubles as a four rink short mat bowling surface, plus two skittle alleys.
Here the room has been set up for a Club function with seating for 75 guests, and an area for dancing.
For Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club short mat information, phone 01989 562585 or 01989 562435.
More details can be found at the Herefordshire Short Mat Bowling Association web site.
The Club is open all the year round for our current 240 members to enjoy, and some 30 of them play the increasingly popular game of Petanque outside in all weather on six 'pistes'. Petanque is a game which originated in France and is now rapidly gaining popularity in the UK. The game can be played competitively or in a relaxed style. There is no particular dress code. Age is no barrier to enjoying the game, and leisure bowls are cheap to buy: the game can also be played throughout the year.
Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club became involved with the sport almost by accident when our new club house extension was being completed in 2006. It was realised that incorporating two petanque pistes into the landscaping minimised the maintenance work and created an opportunity to increase the membership of the club. This additional sport has proved popular with the members and has indeed expanded the membership. So much so that four more pistes have been constructed to meet the demand. Domestic club games are played on a Sunday morning and friendly games on Thursday morning. Friendly games are also played on a Tuesday evening in the Summer. Additional games will be arranged to suit demand. People who are interested in the sport are invited to visit the club and meet the players involved. Spare boules are always available for visitors to use. They will be made most welcome.
The Club has three Skittle teams playing in the local winter league.
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