Early Days

Church Fenton Bowling Club was formed in 1986 when the local community got together with the existing British Gypsum Bowling Club, who played their Home matches in Selby Park and were looking for a new home. Following a fund raising campaign, a plot of land was purchased from a local farmer and the construction work started. The original Clubhouse was donated by a member of the British Gypsum Bowling Club, Jim Walls, and the site was officially opened in 1988.

The Committee & guests at the official opening.
Members outside the Clubhouse at the opening

New Clubhouse

In 2000 the Clubhouse was showing its age and was in need of extensive work to keep it weatherproof, so the decision was made to demolish and build a new Clubhouse. We decided to undertake the work within the Club, employing the trades we did not have access to from our membership.

Demolition day
The demolition team
The completed clubhouse in July 2002
The boating lake!

In June 2007 we had a torrential rainstorm resulting in the green turning into a boating lake. This picture above was taken at 6pm on the Monday, and by 8am on Tuesday the water had drained and we played a League match on the Wednesday night.

Short mat begins and clubhouse extension

In 2010 we decided that to keep our membership in contact during the winter months we would start playing Short Mat Bowls. We joined the Selby Short Mat Bowling Association in order to play in the Selby Short Mat Leagues. For 2 years we played League matches in the Village Hall, but in 2011 began construction of an extension to the existing Clubhouse. This was completed in August 2012 in time for the coming season.

The Clubhouse with the finished extension