Albury Bowling Club
The club was founded in 1924 but before that date the green had been a recreation area for the villagers. Various sports were played on the green before it became a bowling club, such as quoits, tossing horseshoes, etc. The old village club house, which had a bar, billiards and other facilities, is now a private house (Thistledew).
When the bowling club started there were no changing facilities or pavilion but eventually an old and redundant chicken house was obtained and with some work from members it was turned into a very basic club house.
However we wanted something better and, after about 20 years of trying, finally managed in 1998 to get plans accepted to build a first class pavilion and construct a large car park. It took a further five years of very hard work to raise the substantial amount of money needed by a combination of grants and loans and to do the necessary building work. We received nothing from the Lottery but got good support from the Foundation for Sport and Arts, SITA, Guildford Borough Council, Awards for All, Albury Parish Council, Albury Estate, Albury Trust, Surrey County Playing Fields Association, English Bowling Association, and others, plus fund raising by our own members. Most observers agree that the new facilities, which were opened officially by the Mayor of Guildford in August 2003, are among the best in the Guildford/Godalming area and possibly in Surrey. As well as an excellent bowling green and patio the club has a good bar and is open all year round. In the Winter there are many social activities and the indoor sport of short mat bowling is played. The club is in the SHAB short mat league but also plays friendly matches in which beginners are welcome. The social activities include live jazz bands, country and western bands, 60s nights, quiz nights, Christmas parties, race nights, barbecues, darts, etc.
Bowls is a sport suitable for all ages and in which the sexes can compete equally. If you have never tried it or seen the club's splendid facilities in Church Lane you are invited to telephone Hon. Secretary, Stuart Barnes (01483 502038) or the Captain, Brian Frost (01483 203707) and we will be delighted to show you round.
As well as bowling, bar, kitchen, etc., the club began a very successful series of New Orleans jazz evenings in September 2003. More recently we started Country and Western evenings. We get a different live band most months and our support is growing. A friendly club atmosphere prevails at the sessions and many people take to the dance floor. However our licensing conditions mean that we have to restrict the audience to members and their bona fide guests only.
If any of the above takes your fancy then please call one of the above people. You can be sure of a pleasant reception if you wish to join, and, if you would like to learn to play outdoor or indoor bowls, then coaching is available. You will be welcome even if you wish only to take part in our social activities (social membership only £7.50 p.a.). Full bowling membership is £70 p.a. If you wish to try bowling without committing yourselves to full membership, social membership allows you to play up to five times before deciding whether to become a full member. We have friendly club nights from about 6 p.m. every Wednesday and all are invited.