Welcome to Banister Park
Whether you're an experienced player or a complete beginner, we give everyone a warm, friendly welcome at Banister Park Bowling Club.
Our facilities include two six-rink outdoor bowling greens and an eight-rink indoor bowls arena, and members do not pay any rink fees. We welcome members who want to play competitively or just want to play for fun, we cater for under 18s and offer coaching to schools.
We host a range of social events throughout the year, and our spacious function area, restaurant and bar is available for private hire.
Want to play bowls? Then just make contact using the Contact Form
Want to be a Social Member? Use the same form.
If you would like to come in for a
free taster session indoors, please contact Julian on 02380 643406.
NEW MEMBERS: PLEASE click here to find the current levels of membership and subscription rates.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLAYING BOWLS. - Read the advice of Lee Bell, BSc (hons), PGCE, MSc, Consultant Physiology Lecturer -
Further to yesterday's announcement that a member of the club has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days of playing in league matches at Banister Park last week, the Management Committee has now decided to close the club for two weeks from tomorrow Monday October 19 to carry out a thorough clean of the premises and review the situation, and re-open on Monday November 02, 2020.
All league matches will therefore be postponed and all bookings will need to be cancelled and re-arranged on future dates.
The unfortunate decision has been made for health and safety reasons and in the very best interests of all members, staff, guests and visitors.
Indoor Singles Tournament
If you would like to play in the Open Singles League during the winter, please click here for rules and here for an entry form. Closing date 18 October.
FISHY FRIDAY - 25 SEPTEMBER. Everybody Welcome. Details
SUMMER COMPETITION WINNERS!!! Click here
UPDATE 13 SEPTEMBER
With Government advice changing regarding coronavirus, you can find out how it applies to bowling by clicking here and reading the guidance from Bowls England.
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS***
Please Click here to see information relating to membership, the indoor leagues and the introduction of a new online booking system.
WINNERS OF LOCKDOWN LEAGUE
This very successful pairs competition was completed at the end of August and the winners were Stuart Buchanan and Keith Williams, closely followed by Brian Barber and Mikey Comley in second place and Chris and Karen Parnell in third place. Many thanks go to Lyn Kirby, Geoff and Ann Jessup for organising this impromptu tournament which allowed some much-needed outdoor bowling and was enjoyed by all participants.
At last we have some social events to publicise. Please click here to find out more.
Update 29 August 2020 - Indoor Leagues
Please visit the Indoor League page to see the latest position. It is hoped to start Indoor League fixtures in October.
Update 26 August 2020 - Friendly Fixtures
Please visit the Friendly Fixtures page to see a report on the latest situation regarding friendly fixtures.
Update 24 August 2020
There has been good use made by bowlers of both the indoor and outdoor rinks this month. Rinks for both can be booked by calling Carole on 07919 994381 between the hours of 11.00am and 2.00pm. Social distancing must be observed and members must read the notices which are there to protect them and others from the Coronavirus. Any non-compliance could lead to the club having to go into lockdown once more.
The next Sunday roast (pork) will be served at 12.15 on Sunday 20 September. Bookings can be made by calling Helen on 07779 768830.
Update 28 July 2020
GOOD NEWS at last for indoor bowlers. For detail please see Indoor Section of Website
Update 22 July 2020
The Lockdown League is ongoing and entries have been submitted for the club competitions. The Mixed Triples will take place on Saturday 8 August. Preparations are well underway to enable us to reopen the clubhouse for this date. It will be possible to buy drinks and there will be a restricted menu available for lunches. PAYMENT BY CARD ONLY. .
Update 3 July 2020
The EIBA has issued new guidance which can be read in full here.
The advice is that bars and restaurants may open from 4 July, with special measures in place to assure the safety of members. This will involve a number of steps to be taken before the clubhouse can be opened, and there will be a meeting on Wednesday 8 to plan reopening. Further information may be found here after this date.
Update 3 June 2020
From Monday 15 June, Members may book rinks to play pairs - ie four players per rink. All other conditions and safety measures must remain in place.
Update 1 June 2020
Members who are now bowling outside are reminded to wipe down the mats, jacks and buckets with the antibac provided when they have finished playing and return them to the storage bin. Always wash your hands after the game.
Update 27 May 2020
The club will make 6 greens available for play from 1st June. A letter or email has been sent to members explaining the measures to be taken to ensure safety and how to book the greens. The letter is available here. In short, 90 minute sessions will be available from 12 noon each day, with 30 minutes between sessions. You can book rinks by calling 07919 994381 between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm each day.
Update 15 May 2020
Management and Bowling Committees are considering when it may be possible to open the club for OUTDOOR BOWLING ONLY. There must be NO INDOOR BOWLING. We will let members know as soon as possible after this discussion what arrangements will be put place. We will act in accordance with the advice issued by Bowls England for clubs and the document can be found here.
Message from Andy Sharplin 12 May 2020
Banister Park Bowling Club will not be opening until we receive guidance from Bowls England and Bowls Hampshire. That guidance, clarification on what has been published, is being requested from Government. Safety of Members is our Highest Concern. I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to a reuturn to bowls.
The Bowls England decision has prompted Bowls Hampshire to consider whether the match against the Founder Clubs scheduled for the 29 July at Banister Park should/could continue, It has concluded that, in July, social distancing measures seem likely still to be in place and that large gatherings of people (96 players would be involved) will remain prohibited. It felt, also that, even if restrictions should be lifted, it would be difficult, in such uncertain times to persuade enough people to participate. Sadly, therefore, it been decided to cancel the match against the Founder Clubs.
If you need to make contact, please call Julian on 07770 924441.
The big question mark is over Geoff's President's Tour in September. It all depends on the three clubs that we are playing against.
Bowlswear Direct will not be visiting the club for the foreseeable future but in light of recent events we would like to offer your members a 10% discount on all of our products (excluding bowls) with FREE Postage on all orders over £50.00.
Please use discount code – BOWLS1 in the coupon section when checking out online. This offer will be continuous throughout until the end of the summer season.