You are always welcome at the Thistle. We are a very friendly and welcoming organization and happy to include you and teach you all you need to know. If you would like to know more about the sport or how membership works at our club, we suggest you either send us an email, give us call or just stop by Monday, Wednesday or Friday evening between 7pm and 9pm to watch or just say hello.
No partner or full team are needed. All you need are flat-soled shoes or sneakers. Members are welcome to wear whatever clothes suit their style and comfort. The special balls (the bowls) used to play the game can be borrowed from the club. New members normally use the club's bowls as long as they wish until they decide to purchase a set of their own.
Lawn bowling provides gentle, healthy exercise and competition in a relaxed social atmosphere for all ages. It is easy to learn but difficult to master. Many people are naturally good right away and can be more competitive than beginners in most other sports.
Unlike the sports of alley bowling and bocce ball, to which lawn bowling is sometimes compared, lawn bowling does not use a ball. It uses a bowl. If one can imagine a ball with the sides slightly flattened, this somewhat describes the shape of the bowl used in lawn bowling. The bowl is delivered so that it ‘rolls’ on the curved surface between the flattened sides. The way in which the lawn bowl is made – one flattened side slightly heavier than the other forces the delivered bowl to follow a curved path; in fact –
unless thrown at a very high speed – it is
virtually impossible to make it follow a straight path. It is this feature of a curved path that gives lawn bowling its greatest challenges,interest, frustration, mystique, strategies and ultimate satisfaction.The gentle sport of lawn bowls shares this curved path feature with curling. Sometimes, lawn bowling is referred to as “curling on grass”. In fact, these two sports share many terms, such as skip, head, weight, draw, take-out, hog line, amount of ‘ice’/’grass’ and jitney, but not sweeping. The curved path feature gives rise to some interesting and varied elements of delivery technique and game strategies.
From the latter part of May to mid-Sept., jitneys – the social, mainly-for-fun version of lawn bowls – are organized on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: at 7:00 pm. Competitive tournaments are organized at various irregular times and days, usually on long weekends. We are also now participating in 4 tournaments a year with the other 3 lawn bowling clubs in London.
We encourage visitors, spectators and potential bowlers at all of our events, whether they be jitneys, club tournaments or inter-club tournaments. We try to have a member available to greet you and share with you our knowledge of, information about and enthusiasm for this great outdoor activity. Do drop by say hello and stay a while.
The following is the Thistle Greens membership information for the 2017 lawn bowling season. Please contact us now if you’re interested in joining us for the upcoming season!
Regular members: $170.00
Social (non-bowlers): $35.00
Thistle LBC is again offering lessons on how to lawn bowl. Join us on May 15 or May 17 at 7:00 p.m., or on Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m. Wear flat soled shoes. We will provide the bowls. A game will follow your lesson. To participate please register on the form below.