Welcome to Stretham Bowls Club website

The Friendly Club



The Club is located at a corner of the recreation ground just off the
A10 Cambridge to Ely road.

We are a very friendly Club and extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in playing a game that was first played over 500 hundred years ago. If you haven’t played before and would like to try then please come along any evening and one of our members will be pleased to explain the game and show you how it is played. We have a wide selection of bowls for you to try and all you need are a pair of flat soled shoes (no heels).

The outdoor bowling season extends from mid-April to early September and the Club is open most evenings during the season. Noted for it’s friendliness, the Club has a membership of around 50 and this is supplemented with a number of associate
(non playing) members.

The Club bowls in the Ely and District Afternoon and Evening Leagues and also competes
in a number of County Competitions. Several friendly matches take place during the summer at both home and away venues. A number of social activities are also
organised throughout the season.

The Club has a child protection and vulnerable adult policy and a Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer. New members will receive a warm welcome and advice and instruction on the game is always available. We look forward to seeing you.




Stretham Bowls Club was founded in 1937 and owes its foundation to one man, Sidney Smith a farmer who farmed two miles from the village.

Keen to establish a bowls club in the village, on 17 October 1935 he organised a Public Meeting, attended by nineteen people and the meeting subsequently agreed to proceed with the idea.

The Parish Council made available a suitable piece of land on the recreation ground at a nominal rent of one pound per year and over the following eighteen months, the green was laid, fences built and a club Pavilion was erected by members of the committee.

The Club opened on 5 June 1937 with 53 members and a commemorative photograph hangs in the club house. Sidney Smith was the Club’s first Chairman and W. Drever it’s first President. The Club was affiliated to the English Bowling Association in 1939.

In 1973 following a generous donation by two Club members, it was possible to extend the original building to provide a sun lounge and toilets. As membership continued to grow it became necessary to provide an even larger building and during the winter 0f 1985 – 1986 the Pavilion was demolished and the present Club House was built in its place. It was opened in June 1987 by Clement Freud Member of Parliament for the area.

The Golden Jubilee of the Club was celebrated in June 1987 with a Club Competition followed by a County President’s match on 19 July.

Ten years later and the Club’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with a match against an England Bowling Association team with is commemorated by a framed pendant and team names in the Club House.

The 75th Anniversary of the Club’s foundation was held in July 2012 with a celebration match played in aid of The East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a charity the Club has supported for many years.

The Club's 80th Anniversary was celebrated on Saturday 29th August 2017 when the Club played an Anniversary match against a team from the Cambridgeshire Vice Presidents Association. It was also an occasion for the Club's President Dave Cousins to officially open the new Ladies Changing Room facility which had been funded by donations from Club members. After the match a superb 4 course anniversary meal was provided by the Catering Committee to round off a very successful day.

Known for it’s friendliness the Club currently has a membership similar to that of 1937 but now supplemented with a number of associate (non playing) members. Club members have gained success at both County, National and International levels and an Honours Board in the Club House

Get In Touch!

Stretham Bowls Club, Short Road, Stretham, Nr Ely, Cambs, CB6 3LS

Secretary / Membership - Ken Dodson 01353 740283