West End Bowling Club

Perth West End Bowling Club
Gray St, Perth, PH2 0JL Tel 01738 622464

History

On a dark February night in 1887, a group of businessmen met in the County Hotel in Perth and established what we now know as the West End Bowling Club. The club has therefore been in existence and associated with the sport of bowls for over 125 years.

The first President of the Club was Councillor David Nairn Shaw and a piece of ground was rented at an annual cost of £18 13s 1d from Mr Stewart Gray of Kinfauns.

The green was then laid with best Ayrshire turf and a full time Groundsman employed at a wage of 12s per week. The first mower was purchased at a cost of £6 2s 6d. Some (older) members maintain if they lose a game that the original mower is still in use!

Membership fees were 1 guinea per annum, (equivalent to £103 at today’s prices) and sets of bowls suitably engraved with the players’ initials could be purchased at a cost of 25/-.

The first bowls were rolled on 21st July 1888 in the presence of many local dignitaries, the green being officially opened by Robert Pullar.

Entertainment was provided by Perth Silver Band who also graced our 125 Year Opening Day in 2012.

The first competitive fixture was against Crieff BC with subsequent games being played against Kinnoull, Balhousie and Bridge of Earn bowling clubs.

WEBC joined the Scottish Bowling Association in 1893.

The next most important date for the club was 1904 when the club obtained a liquor licence!

In 1907 a clubhouse was built at the Glover Street end of the ground and this lasted until 1974 when it was replaced with the current clubhouse situated at the Gray Street end of the ground. An extension to the clubhouse was built in 1978 to provide enhanced facilities.

Although originally a “male only” club, during the 1920’s family days were very much part of the bowling calendar and during the 1930’s ladies days were well established.

In 1998 ladies were granted equal membership status with the men and a new Board of Directors formed to replace the traditional management structure.

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Perth West End Bowling Club
Gray St, Perth, PH2 0JL
Tel: 01738 622464

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