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We are keen to recruit new members and we welcome bowlers of all standards from complete novice to experienced player. The season runs from April through to mid September but you may contact us at any time throughout the year. Enquiries should be made to the Membership Secretary via Contact usFor the 2019 season we are offering special introductory fees for new membersPaul Dieppe, MEBC’s President was interviewed by the Wokingham Paper during the Open Day. His interesting description of the club is available on YouTube - please click here
Please note that underlined text indicates a link to another page or website.We are not responsible for the content of external websitesMaiden Erlegh Bowling Club (Private Green), Beech Lane, Earley, Reading, RG6 5PTAffiliated to BOWLS ENGLAND and RCBBA
Welcome toMaiden Erlegh Bowling Club 2019Celebrating 75 years
The club is in Earley, 3 miles south from the centre of Reading in Berkshire. We have a County-standard green of 6 Rinks, the condition and quality of which is a source of pride, a Club Room, lounge bar, dining room, lockers and ample parking on site.
More than 50 members welcomed in the 2018 Season
We have men’s and women’s league teams for competitive bowls and plenty of mixed friendlies and club events throughout the season including the very popular Friday evening bowls and social. We have implemented an email-based match booking system that makes it easy to register for club matches.We run informal challenge matches that are an ideal way for new & current members, especially those in full time employment, to gain match play experience. Our team of coaches is always ready to help you to improve your game and we have some members playing at county level, whose experience helps to raise the general standard of our players and teams. If you would like to know more about the club a brief history is available here MEBC.
As well as the all important Green, we have our own Club Room/Meeting Room, a locker/changing roomand extensive on-site parking. There is a pleasant patio with seating and a lawned area with shady gazebos for spectating and enjoying a drink.
New members of all standards are always welcomed at Maiden Erlegh Bowling ClubWhether you have played previously or wouldjust like to see if bowls is for you we will be pleased to see you.If you are new to the game you can contact us to "have a go" and you'll only need some "flat soled" shoes (trainers are generally fine). We have a few sets of bowls available and the coaches will help you not only choose the correct size but also give you some basic instructions on the green.We are pleased to offer Non-members free taster sessions before applying to join the club.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining or if you wish to try your hand at bowling.If you haven’t bowled before you may find the video on this link helpful as it is a good introduction to bowling basics.
CoachingWe have qualified coaches whose contact details are posted on the Noticeboard in the Clubhouse or can be obtained from the Membership Secretary.Regular group coaching sessions are offered throughout the season and one-to-one assistance can be arranged when you want to improve a particular aspect of your game.For experienced players we run dedicated classes on advanced aspects of bowls including reading the head and marking.
Clothing & EquipmentApart from during the introductory sessions only regulation bowls shoes are allowed on the green.Should you choose to join, there is a Dress Code for matches but this is relaxed for certain events during the first year of membership.There are places to buy bowling equipment in the Reading area.
SubscriptionsWe offer a range of Membership Fees for 2019 from Social to Full player.There is a one-off joining fee of £15. Details will be available at the Open Afternoons or by contacting the Membership Secretary.
MEBC on TourWinners at Warners, Hayling IslandEarly in March we spent a very enjoyable week on the south coast. The main tournament involved 25 teams and at the conclusion of the excellent competitiontwo teams from MEBC won through to the final. With only one team able to be the winners some of the smiles in this picture are larger than others! Well done to all concerned and thanks to the organisers for another very successful tour.
MEBC Club News
MEBC very well represented at the end of 2017-18 indoor season finals week at Whiteknights IBCMany of our members play at Whiteknights through the winter in numerous league teams and competitions. MEBC had a very successful season with members in the following finals:Ladies FoursMen's Evening League KnockoutLadies Afternoon Knock Out (2)Men's Singles UnbadgedLeagues: Members were in many of the Division-winning and runner-up teamsCongratulations - now it’s on to the fun and unpredictability of lawn bowls
A brief history of Maiden Erlegh Bowling ClubThe land which we own, originally formed part of theMaiden Erlegh Estate and was the kitchen gardento the Manor house, re-built in the 17th and18th century (now demolished).The Estate originated from the ancient Manor of Erlegh St. Nicholas,19 acres of which were granted by John de Erlegh of Whiteknights, to Robert de Erlegh in 1362. On July 18th 1939, a public meeting was held in St. Peter's Hall, chaired by Alderman George Ford, and attended by approximately 50 members of the public, with a view to forming a Bowling Club. The advent of the war and considerations of the site, delayed the opening until September 9th 1944, marked by the President of the E.B.A., who brought a team of 24 players. He presented a flag to the Club and both teams and visitors were entertained to tea. Records show that an initial meeting was held to form a ladies section in 1967, but they continued as a separate section, until full integration in 2000. Meanwhile, in 1968 a meeting was held, attended by a large number of members of local Clubs, to discuss the creation of an indoor bowling Club.Our site contained suitable land for this project and a 99-year lease was signed in November 1971, later extended to 2090. Further major developments started in 1995, with extensions to the Indoor Club premises, the car park, the "movement" of our outdoor green, and construction of a clubroom and storage facilities.We celebrated our 60th Anniversary in 2004. In 2006 we embarked upon improvements of the green, by appointing external contractors. Priding itself in its attractive surrounds and friendly atmosphere, the Club is looking forward to a bright future. Records also show that Helen Finch was Ladies' County President in 1976, Gerry Elliot was Gent's County President in 1989 and MEBC had its first Lady President in 2006.
Beech Lane can be accessed from Wilderness Road and also from Rushey Way, Lower EarleyIf you access Beech Lane from Wilderness Road you will find theClub entrance on the leftapproximately 150 metresThe Club entrance is shared with Whiteknights Indoor Bowls ClubThere is ample parking on-site
Postal Address:Maiden Erlegh Bowling Club,Beech Lane,Earley,Reading,RG6 5PT, UK
We will have vacancies for new and experienced bowlers in 2019 and we would be pleasedto hear from you.You will have opportunities to play in friendly matches, club competitions and social games as a new member. League team squads are selected at the start of each season For an Application Form (in pdf format) click on the link below.
Are you looking for a friendly outdoor bowling club to join this Spring/Summer?
Email: To send an email replace ‘AT’ with @ & enter the address into your email application. This has been done to reduce spam email To contact the President of the clubpresident’AT’maidenerleghbc.co.ukFor Membership enquiries:membership’AT’maidenerleghbc.co.ukFor general enquiries:secretary’AT’maidenerleghbc.co.ukFor anything related to the contents of the website:webmaster’AT’maidenerleghbc.co.uk
On September 12th our ladies team played in the final of the Top Club Competition and came away with the trophyVery many congratulations to all of the players, a really fantastic achievement.SinglesJudy BaconPairs Cathy Edwards Mary Parkinson Triples Kay Warner Elaine Stobo Jeanette Rollinson 4's Virginia Parnell Sue Eckett Babs Hughesdon Anne Jones Special mentions go to Norma Curren and Marj Mackenzie who played in some of the matches and Chris Fellowes who was on hand as substitute during the competition
Ladies Squad wins the Royal BerkshireTop Club 2015 Competition
Saturday 4th May 2019 From 2.00pm to 5.00pmSunday 12th May 2019 From 2.00pm to 5.00pmBeginners and experienced bowlers welcomeJust bring flat-soled shoes/trainersFollow-up sessions availableBring friends with youBowls provided
Introductory Membership for new members£65 including Joining Fee