Llantwit Major Bowls Club
Llantwit Majors Bowls Club began in 1960 and is affiliated to the Welsh Bowling Association (WBA), and the South Vale District Bowling Association, and has two teams in the Cardiff and District Municipal League. The Ladies club began in 1974 and is affiliated to the Welsh Women's Bowling Association (WWBA) and has one team in the Glamorgan County League, whilst the Ladies and Men's are separate, the club is fully integrated.
The green and clubhouse are owned by the Llantwit Major Town Council, and the club has a lease and licence to run the club and management of the facility. This means that the club, through various committees, is responsible for the upkeep of the clubhouse, cleaning and maintenance of the buildings, care of the green including cutting the grass, maintenance of the surrounding gardens and verges, manning the office during opening hours, collection of fees and charges from members and non-members. All this requires support from the membership and all members are requested to play their part in making it work successfully.
Fees are set annually by the Town Council and are separate from club membership fees. The entitlement is therefore for members to play at any time the green and pavilion is open. No other charges are made except for league and cup games to pay for travel to away matches and tea (at the end of games). As the members take turns in carrying out duties and helping with maintenance, generally fees are very low, costing most members just £1.00 per week over the year. Junior members pay just £5.00 to £10.00 for the season, but in the first instance must be supervised by an adult/member.
Under terms of our agreement with the Town Council, we are responsible for manning the office from 2 pm to 9 pm (or dusk if earlier) during the outdoor season. To comply with this, teams are formed to open and close the club and to be responsible for issuing equipment and collecting fees from casual players, and to answer any telephone enquiries during opening hours.
Throughout the season, especially at the beginning, friendly matches are arranged. League and cup matches are pre-arranged and commence around June for both Ladies and Men's teams. Travel to away matches is usually by members cars for which there is a small donation by members who have been selected to pay to the car driver to cover petrol costs.
There is a requirement that when representing the club in matches to wear: flat shoes, white tops and grey trousers/skirts and/or white shirts (with club tie for men) and white trousers/skirts depending on the competition.
For all matches a match tea is provided, the cost of which is included in the match fee (currently £3.00) and also complemented by a raffle on the day.
We are always looking for new members (bowling and social), and if you are looking for a new activity with as much competitive and social involvement as you want, contact us via the Club Secretary on the website or come along to the club. In order to try it out, either as a complete novice or as a former player, all you require are flat shoes. Bowls are available at the club to start with, and coaching will be supplied free to prospective members at an arranged time.