Plymouth Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club  
Plymouth (Sir Francis Drake) Bowling Club
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Plymouth (Sir Francis Drake) Bowling Club


Sir Francis Drake

Centenary Year 1907-2007
Welcome to the Plymouth (Sir Francis Drake) Bowling Club web site.

The club has one green which usually uses 6 rinks but can accommodate up to 8 rinks for friendly matches; the game played is flat green bowls.
We are situated in Plymouth, in the county of Devon on the border of Cornwall, in a residential area of the city called Mannamead - not on the Hoe which the club left in 1922. As most bowlers know Plymouth is supposedly the home of bowls.

Plymouth (Sir Francis Drake) Bowling Club


We are affiliated to Bowls England, Bowls Devon & the Plymouth & District Bowling Association.

The club was first founded in 1907 on the Hoe but moved to our present location in 1922; it was a male club until 2001 when a Ladies section was formed. We celebrated our Centenary Year in 2007.

Following the unification of the men's and ladies games, we are proud to say that in 2010, club member Brian Edwards became the first President of the unified Bowls Devon.

Due to the fact that this is a private club and the grounds are owned by members we have trustees who oversee the running of the club.

The club plays a variety of League, Cup and friendly fixtures, many of which are mixed. Members compete in National competitions and many have reached the final stages at Worthing and, more recently Leamington.

Our most distinguished current member is David Cutler who was national Singles Champion, represented England many times and won medals at Commonwealth games and World Championships.


Open Day
17 April 2016

This year we will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 17 April 2016. Free taster sessions available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Follow-up coaching sessions will be provided. Contact D. Cutler on (01752) 516624 for further details.



New Club shirt design

Club TieClub Badge

The colours of the club are green with stripes of black and silver in the tie. The club badge is oval with a green cross and four castles therein, and our members also wear a green blazer. The club has decided to wear club coloured shirts for all games.


The club has large changing rooms, a lounge area with bar and a well-equipped kitchen.

We have a membership of 60 Men and 24 Ladies. New members are always welcome. We have a club night once a month, as this time is a good occasion to introduce and invite prospective new members. Application is via the secretary who will supply application forms.

The Club Bar


Membership fees this year are £120 for playing or £12 for non-playing members. New playing members will pay only £80 for their first year.

We hold several social occasions during the season and during the closed winter period to bring members together and at the same time to make some profit to assist in the running of the club. During the winter months we hold friendly matches with nearby indoor clubs again so that members may meet.


Visitors and spectators are warmly welcomed and we have an excellent viewing area where spectators can observe the games in comfort out of the cold and wet.

During the season we hold friendly matches with touring teams from all over the country and are always looking for more. If you would like to arrange a fixture with us, please see our contacts page.

Veranda viewing area



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