History


In 1983 a group of newly retired pensioners recognised that one of the most serious sporting and social inadequacies in and around Wedmore was the lack of a bowling green and agreed to carry out a survey to determine the amount of support from residents in Wedmore and surrounding villages for such a project.

Following a positive response from the public a Committee was formed who then searched for a suitable site and established appropriate funding for the project. The freehold to the site was subsequently purchased and a 6 rink outdoor green was excavated and laid by a team of volunteers during 1985.

In 1986 an ex builder’s merchants timber office in Backwell was purchased, dismantled and transported to Wedmore to be installed, renovated and refitted as the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse was operational and the green sufficiently established for the official opening of the Club to take place on 2nd May 1987.

During the late 1990’s plans for a replacement Clubhouse were evolved with the majority of funding being sought from the Lottery, an application which unfortunately proved unsuccessful.

In 2001 a new Project Committee was formed who successfully concluded the design of a new Clubhouse and 2 rink Indoor Bowls Complex, obtained full planning permission and realised all Project funding.

The final piece of the financial equation was Sport England’s contribution which was confirmed in February 2004 and was immediately followed by commencing site excavation and construction in March. The building was completed by the end of October 2004 only 8 months after Sport England’s award.

Bowling on the new indoor rinks commenced on 1st November 2004 with the official opening ceremony of the building by Andy Thomson and David Bryant on 14th December.

The old Clubhouse was demolished by Club volunteers in February 2005.