This section provides new members with snippets of essential information. If you are a new member and have a suggestion to add to this page, please email us via the Contact Us page.
Club Gate - Padlock Code You can obtain the code for the gate padlock by phoning any member of the committee, or you can email us via the Contact Us page.
Clubhouse - Entry Code You can obtain the code for the clubhouse doors by phoning any member of the committee, or you can email us via the Contact Uspage.
The Green The bowling green opens towards the end of April, and closes on the last Saturday of September each year. The green is closed from the beginning of October to late April.
During the bowling season, the green is open for play from 11.00 a.m. weekdays, and from 10.30 a.m. weekends. Play can take place all day until it becomes too dark in the evening.
Rinks are allocated in advance for club matches, special events, and club or external competitions. These matches and events take priority over informal roll-ups or games, and are shown on the white rink allocation board in the clubhouse. The board is updated each week. Members are welcome to use any free rinks for roll-ups, practice, or informal games at any time of day within the green open hours.
Direction of play changes each Monday - across the front of the clubhouse towards the tennis courts, or away from the clubhouse towards the wooden boundary fence. The direction is indicated by the small white figure of a bowler on top of the post outside the corner of the men's changing room.
Green Equipment All equipment for roll-ups, games, competitions and matches is stored in the shed at the far end of the green in the corner under the trees. This includes mats, jacks, measuring sticks, score boards and pushers. The only items not stored in the equipment shed are the bright yellow match jacks, kept in a cupboard in the clubhouse.
The key for the equipment shed hangs on a hook on the door frame just inside the clubhouse door. Please make sure the key is replaced after use!
Dress Code For casual play, roll-ups, ballots and coaching sessions only, dress may be “smart casual” - but no jeans. For club competitions, and marking, the dress code is greys. For external competitions the dress code is usually greys unless otherwise indicated by the team skip. For club matches the dress code is indicated in the club fixture book: • Greys (G) = grey trousers/skirt with white shirt/club shirt and bowls shoes. • Whites (W) = white trousers/skirt with club shirt/club jacket, white socks and bowls shoes.
Smoking Smoking is not permitted on the bowling green. Smoking is allowed on the bank surrounding the green.
Club Shirts, Gilets, Jackets & Caps For men's club shirts and jackets contact John Thurley or Richard Carr. For ladies' club shirts and jackets contact June Marshall.
Clubhouse Lockers For a clubhouse locker and key, contact John Thurley (men), June Marshall (ladies).
Bowls Stickers Purley Bowls Club stickers are not required for practice, roll-ups, ballots and coaching sessions. For official club matches (friendly or league) or external competitions, you need a club sticker on the side of each bowl. For club stickers please contact Pat Teasdale or Richard Carr.
Coaching For coaching, or information about coaching, contact the Men's Captain or Ladies' Captain, or the coaches listed at the bottom of page 3 of the club fixture book. Their phone numbers are listed in the fixture book.
Ballots Ballots are held most Mondays and Fridays and are a good introduction to bowls for new members. They provide an opportunity to play a game in an informal environment and to meet members socially. Play starts at 2.00 p.m. but you must sign in at the clubhouse by 1.45 p.m. to ensure you are included in the draw. Experienced players are supportive and will offer tips and advice to new bowlers.
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