The bowling club is located in the Recreation Ground half a mile west of the Market Place on the A689. The postcode is DL13 3AP. There is a Pay & Display car park, but bowlers can get a permit from the Parish Clerk or a temporary visitors’ permit from the bowling club.
The bowling green is owned by the Parish Council, but is managed by the bowling club, whose members look after both the green and the surrounding garden. The green was opened in 1989, thanks to the generosity of Joe Johnson who provided the funding.
The bowling green is open to members of the public, and not just to members of the bowling club. The green is open Sunday to Friday from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. Evening sessions from 6.00pm are available on request, and anyone wishing to play in the evening should contact the secretary on 01388 527827. The club can provide non-members with sets of woods as part of the green fee, and those wishing to play are asked to wear flat soled shoes.
The bowling club takes part in three bowling leagues. On Monday evenings, a team of twelve play in the South West Durham League; on Saturday the club plays in the Durham & District League in the same format. On Wednesday afternoons, the club plays in the SW Durham Veteran’s League, where three rinks of three are required. A Veteran is defined as any member over the age of 55.
The Club organises a full range of club competitions, which run through the season, with two late season competitions, as well as two friendly matches against local clubs. All members of the club are eligible for selection.
The bowling season begins on the third Saturday in April and runs until the third weekend in September.