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History

Taunton Bowling Club was formally established at a Public Meeting held at the Star Coffee Tavern on 18th October 1905. At the meeting, Mr James Black was appointed Chairman, Mr Allan as Hon Secretary and M J Black as Hon Treasurer.

Bowling first took place at the Somerset County Cricket Club at an annual rent of £10, the green being maintained by the Cricket Club at the expense of the Bowling Club. In 1907, the Club erected a Pavilion at a cost of £8. 10s. 0d and the following year, a further £15 was spent on alterations including provision of a shed with wash-ups, tables, chairs, cutlery etc.

Bowling Club Somerset

In 1912 the Club had to vacate the green at the County Cricket Club. An application was then made to the Taunton Town Council for the lease of land so that a green could be constructed and established. The Town Council agreed to lease part of Vivary Lands and it was then that the Taunton Bowling Club Ltd (“the Company”) was formed of members who purchased shares to obtain the finances necessary to establish the green and to enter into a lease of the land with the Town Council. This work was completed in December 1912, the turf laid and the green formally opened by the Mayor and Chief Magistrate of Taunton Town Council on 5th June 1913.

The Club continued to flourish between the two World Wars whilst there was little major development of Club premises. One significant development in 1930 was the admission of ladies to playing membership of the Club: the first bowling club in Taunton to admit ladies.

Taunton Bowling Club Badge


The present Club colours were introduced in 1952. The central motif of a new Club badge was a chestnut tree. The light blue colour was established as early as 1908 when dark blue blazers with light blue cording were adopted. The Club badge was altered in 1961 when it was agreed that the badge should show the Taunton crest of arms on a shield with our Club colours being the background. The Town motto ‘Defendamus’ (we defend) is included around the crest with the Club’s name.

In 1961 there was an urgent need to replace the accommodation, building proposals were submitted to Taunton Deane Borough Council to provide a Pavilion with a larger capacity including an indoor bowling rink. With the problem of not being able to borrow money on a non-freehold property, the indoor bowling green had to be abandoned. However, the building of the new Pavilion proceeded.

During the 1980s the Hon Secretary was given an individual mandate to pursue indoor bowling at the Club and late in September 1984 indoor bowling commenced. The funding of the project was provided by our members, grants and loans from Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Formal planning approval for the redevelopment of the Clubhouse was received late in 1990 and the new Clubhouse was officially opened on 13th July 1991.

There has been one more major development of the Club since 1991: The boundaries of the outdoor green were previously hedged and these have been replaced by brick walling and decorative fencing with flower borders. A new maintenance building was also built, in brick and tile to match the rest of the buildings. This was essential as volunteer members carry out all maintenance to the Club and the outdoor green. The Club has been refurbished and updated since that time including new indoor carpet and underlay, new lighting, heating and ventilation systems in the indoor hall, new carpets throughout the Club, new lockers available to all members, new lighting, tables and chairs in the dining area and regularly redecorated.

The Club is very proud of its achievements over the years and continues to prosper.

 

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