Our Club History

The Club was founded circa 1700 at the time of the Reformation, when restrictions on membership of private clubs and many other aspects of life was relaxed and meetings of groups of men became possible. Mansfield Bowling Club was founded and a bowling green developed on Leeming Street in Mansfield. No one has been able to establish whether the Bowling Green Inn was built round the existing green or whether the Inn came first.

For 300 years the green was in constant use as its surrounds evolved and changed. The orchards round this part of town were replaced by houses and the town's court house. In turn some, like the Court House and Jail, were either pulled down whilst others were converted into shops. The Palais replaced the court house and when in the 1990s a multistory car park was built over looking the green all the peaceful, secluded delights of bowling were lost forever. The Committee of the club made the decision to find a new home for the the historic club. Several sites were explored and eventually found to be unsuitable. An agreement was finally reached to sell the existing green to the Queen Elizabeth's Trust and to develop a site which they owned on the land adjoining the school. The successful completion of the new green and pavilion would not have happened without the unflagging support of the Chair of The Queen Elizabeth's Trust, John Carter, the major grants acquired by Graham Headworth and the continuous contribution of his fellow trustees, George Burke, Melvin Savidge and Mike Lake and the generous donation in cash and kind from individuals and many local companies who supported us.

In 2009 the development sub committee, Graham Headworth, Mike Lake, George Burke and Melvin Savidge accepted the keys to the new Pavilion and green. MBC was reborn on a purpose built site, free from the night clubs, pubs and fast food outlets that had surrounded the historic green.

Since moving membership has flourished and a dynamic social side is developing.

The new Board are now confident that MBC will continue to thrive for another 300 years.

The images in the PDF presentation may give a flavour of the clubs history.

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