Wolvey Bowling Club
The Bowling Club is situated behind the
Village Hall, and boasts one of the best flat greens in the county.
Tel: 02476 316626
Wolvey Bowling Club
Hinckley LE10 3LD
Tel: 01455 220207
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Wolvey Bowling Club - History
Wolvey Bowling club was founded in 1921 on the tennis courts of Wolvey Grange by a few local farmers and villagers, there being few social or village activities for the older less energetic male members of the Wolvey. For two summers the tennis courts were open to any villager who wanted to try the this innovative game; many did.
Much of the land of this period was owned by the Lloyds Estate. Parcels of land was auctioned in 1921, a piece purchased by Percy Toone, The owner of Wolvey Grange. He had this laid as a bowling green, but it was only a 4 rinks. In 1935 Wolvey Bowling club became a Private Members club, the land held by trustees on behalf of its members. Further land was purchased and the green became 6 rinks, also the present car park was laid.
In 1939 the first club house was built. The funds raised by donations and fetes held on the lawns of the grange. Old 16mm films show some of these events.
The first Ladies section was established in 1939 but with the advent of WW2 soon disbanded.
The Club house has been extended and built in each decade since the early 50s. The first club house had a veranda (Typical of the old Cricket Pavilions) this was enclosed. The 60s saw a further small pieces of land purchased and a bar and office incorporated. In 1992 witnessed a major change in the structure and layout of the club. The main hall was extended and can be used for social events and meals. A new modern kitchen installed. All funds raised and paid for by members.
During the summer months the club is used as a Bowling Club with games and events at daily basis. Each Wednesday morning it hosts “Craft sessions” Pergamano, Cross Stitching and Knitting groups, who make garments for local charities and hospitals. Each of these groups is thriving, with around 30 attending the 2 hour sessions.
On Wednesday afternoons Bingo sessions are held for anyone to attend, the main enthusiasts being the older villagers. It acts as a social outing and meeting point for them
The winter months sees the club transformed. Skittle evenings are held 2 or 3 times each week. Many charities use the facilities for fund raising and social events. Once a month, well known national musicians and radio personalities perform to an audience of around 120 people, a capacity audience. In the past 5 years thousands of pounds has been raised for charities (Air Ambulance. Breast Cancer Research, Acorn)
Through out its history Wolvey Bowling Club has been run by Village people for village people. Its upkeep and
maintenance are still carried out by local volunteers and enthusiasts.
Friday night is club night. If you want to
find out more about the club or are interested in finding out more about
bowling; Feel free to call in at the club for a
drink and a chat, 7.30pm on Fridays.