Our Current Fees are :
Full Membership $182 per year
Social membership – $40
Provisional Membership $40 (if you are an affiliated member of another club and wish to use our greens)
To play Pennant as a Provisional member a Permit with certain regulations is required and a special annual fee paid.
Junior (Under 18) $40
Indoor Bowls $40
Green Fees $5
Club membership is waived for the first year to new members who have never bowled before (value $110)
Affiliation to BDBD and Bowls Vic are compulsory@ approx $70 to enable bowlers to use the greens. This covers insurance & liability issues.
Fees /subscriptions Note: Each year you will be sent an Invoice by email for your membership renewal
Welcome to Central Wendouree Bowling Club.
On behalf of the Board, Bowls Committee and members of the club we hope that not only do you enjoy what the club has to offer but also build great friendships and a passion for the game and the club.
The club is nearly 100 years young and we continue to have a strong presence in the Ballarat bowling community.
Bowls is a great sport and we encourage you to participate in pennant and the various club and social games held at the club.
During the year we also run various social activities such as trivia nights and a Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Check the notice board or the website for upcoming events. After pennant games we mix with our team and opponents for drinks. All the best shots seem to be played at this time.
From 5.00 pm onwards on Friday nights members gather socially for club news, members draw, and the Friday night raffles.
Central Wendouree is also a community. We survive as a club by working and playing together. We encourage members to not only be the best bowler they can be but to be part of the community by assisting in the running of the club. Not only can you participate in a great sport but use your life skills, experience and passion to enhance the club.
A full list of office bearers is available on the club web page and in the Club Rooms
Phone Number 5339 1264
Your Club Noticeboard and the BDBD Season Handbook list key events over the year.
You can find the latest on our website for both bowls and social activities.
Listed below are some of the key activities
|Saturday pennant 1:15pm start but be at the venue by 1pm||Oct-Mar||Selectors|
|Monday pennant. 10:00am roll up for 10.15 start but be at venue by 9.45 am||Oct-Mar||Selectors|
|Thursday Social (various start times)||Year round||Match Committee|
|Friday Night Drinks and catch up from 5pm with club news and members draw at 6.30 pm||Year round|
For full members playing in pennant you will need to wear the club uniform – and attach a set of club stickers on your bowls.
For Tournaments Bowls Australia approved clothing is required .
Whilst we do keep a limited stock of our Club shirts on hand you may have to order the uniform. See our website for details on the uniform or see the uniform coordinator, Ted Lee (Men) Gwen Archibald (Women) or a member of the club and they will point you in the right direction.
For Social Bowls and roll ups you can dress casually but must wear bowls shoes.
The club also has a range of club merchandise ranging from caps, stickers and other items like bowls polish available for sale. These are usually available from the bar.
Lawn bowls is a year round sport ….weather permitting!!! Whilst a few members head north for winter we do endeavor to play social bowls on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Winter. Put your name on the list situated on the main noticeboard, or ring and leave a message on the Club answering service. Wrap up warm and put down some bowls.
Note, As we have a carpet green, bowls can be played all year round.
Central Wendouree has Indoor Bias Bowls Teams playing in the Ballarat Indoor Bias Bowls Association. Women play pennant Monday afternoon, Men play Tuesday evening. Why not join and have fun with friends on those cold winter days. Contact the Club for further details.
Once Spring starts, usually around the footy finals, action on the green starts to rev up as pennant will start on Monday Oct 12th. Thursday afternoon is Ladies day, Friday afternoon around 4 pm there is practice is for everyone.
Most afternoons will see groups of players having a roll up i.e. no official scoring and for as many ends as they want.
Club coaches are also available for individual/small group teaching, (at no cost to you) just arrange a suitable time.
Our coaches are: Jean Burt, Sue Peters, Brian Kiley, John Quick, Ian Forbes,
At least one grass green should be available every day for practice usually from 11am. This will be indicated on the signs to the left of the front entrance or by placement of signs on the green. The Carpet green is available at all times.
Pennant season starts on Monday October 12th . Monday pennant starts at 10.am and Saturday pennant starts at 1:30pm. – be at the venue at least 15 minutes earlier for the roll up. In September the selectors will be allocating players to the various teams. This year we entered 5 sides in Saturday pennant (80 Players) and 4 sides in Monday pennant (48 players). To play pennant, you need to be a full member or junior member.
The selectors select the pennant teams each week. If you are available you should get a game. You do need to check which team you are playing in as some changes are made each week due to player unavailability or sickness. The teams are displayed on the Pennant Boards, situated in the club room, in emails and on the club website. If you are unavailable you need to put your name on the “Unavailable Board” in the club room. Members usually share a ride to the game but if you are going direct put your name on the “Going Direct Board” which is also in the club room. If you have any queries you can speak to the selectors.
If you cannot make or are delayed for a pennant game, let your skip and selector know as soon as possible. A phone list is available.
For social bowls make sure you record your name on the appropriate list, or phone the club at least one hour before the schedule start time.
On the club and social bowls side, members roll up most days so you can get a few ends of practice when it suits you. Thursday alternates between nominated teams and scratch games. Many members also compete in games at other clubs…you can play bowls every day of the week!!!
As a full member you can also enter the Club Championship events played over Summer and also State Competitions (there is even a state competition for novice bowlers and those over 60). You can also enter the Vic Open or Australian Open.
The club is also available for barefoot bowls at a nominal fee so bring your friends and family for a barbeque and bowl evening. However do check the rink board as rinks may have been reserved for a function.
One item that is a must is a pair of bowling shoes. Bowling shoes look like “runners” but have a flat sole. These can be purchased at the Athletes Foot or from any bowling shop.” Complete Bowls” is in Curtis Street.
If you are a new or returning bowler you can either borrow a set of club bowls or talk to “Complete Bowls” where you can borrow a set (Club bowls borrowed can only be used at the Club) Talk with other members and maybe even have a roll with their bowls. Size and type are really a matter of comfort.
A bag to carry your bowls is a must and things like a tape measure; polish, polishing cloth, chalk etc can be acquired over time. Dropping hints to the family may solve their dilemma in what to buy you for birthday or Christmas. As most of our games are played over Summer, don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a water bottle. An average pennant game lasts 3 hours.
Our members will assist you so don’t be afraid to ask and check out our website or the internet for more information on the game.
The best place to find out what is happening around the club is at Friday drinks (arrive by 5:30PM Members Draw is 6.30 pm, Members must be in attendance to win) and from the club website.
We are a community club and do not have poker machines or a licenced restaurant. Thus we rely on assistance from members in the running of the club and in raising finances. Some areas where you can assist include:
- Assisting the green keeper
- Maintaining our gardens
- Maintenance around the club
- Club administration
- Bar assistance (RSA required)
- Arranging social activities
- Game day preparation and cleanup _ putting out mats/making sandwiches
- Barefoot/corporate/schools barefoot bowls supervision
- Function supervision
So if you can spare a few hours it would be appreciated and it’s a great way to get to know other members.
Apart from Friday night drinks and drinks after a game we do organise other social activities such as
- Spring Luncheon
- Pie night
- Melbourne Cup Luncheon
- Punters Club
- Footy Tipping
- Indoor Bowls (Pennant and Social during Winter)
The club also raises money by hiring out the facilities. Barefoot bowls is popular but we also have private functions for birthdays, engagements, or for group meetings. Members can also hire out the club for family functions at a reduced rate. (details are on the venue hire page)
Again, welcome to our club. It is a great community supporting each other and the club. Join us.