Colmonell Bowling Club

Colmonell Bowling Club was formed in 1952 in the small village of Colmonell in the Stinchar Valley, South Ayrshire. 

It has around twenty-five regular members who take part in competitive tournaments, friendly games and events throughout the bowling season. 

At present, the club has a wide membership age range and is keen to continue to encourage younger people to come along and try out the sport. 

For example, in the early summer of 2013, the club welcomed pupils from Colmonell Primary School along to the green every Friday afternoon for an hour for a number of weeks to learn more about the sport. A great community initiative, it allowed the children to have fun and take part in some mini-tournaments with club members who volunteered their time to help out.

The club also takes pride in a fairly recent tradition which has seen them organising an annual charity game to raise money for good causes. All members of the local community are encouraged to come along and get involved – harnessing a real sense of community spirit.

In recent years, Colmonell has hosted and won the British Legion Trophy which involves forty-eight players made up of teams from Barr, Ballantrae and Barrhill. Members also compete in the annual pairs tournament, ‘The McEwen Cup’.

In 2010, Colmonell Bowling Club was awarded grants of £6,000 and £3,300 from Carrick Futures to replace bankings and carry out essential repairs to the clubhouse.

Old bankings on the green were dug out and replaced with new, fit for purpose, artificial bankings. Cladding on the clubhouse was partially removed, new kitchen units installed and the gable end of the clubhouse taken down and rebuilt.

For both of these projects, members volunteered their time and skills; providing labour for general cleaning, tidying up and painting new plasterboard walls and windows. Indeed, members are proud of their club and committed to keeping it in top condition.  

Evelyn McCubbin, Colmonell Bowling Club secretary said, “There’s no doubt about it, if we hadn’t got the funding, the bowling green would have gone completely. We now have a facility in the village that we can be proud of and the fact that we have achieved everything we set out to do has been a great morale boost to the members.”