Francis Drake Bowls Club

Have a go, coached, on one of our Open Days

Have a go, coached, on one of our Open Days

Our ladies about to take on the best of the rest

Our ladies about to take on the best of the rest

Latest News & Upcoming Events


See the Video of our Bid

You can now see the presentation we made for funding to improve the clubhouse facilities.

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Last match of the season and other updates

Bellingham Match

Our last match this season was a friendly against Bellingham.  The weather remained good but leaf-clearing was quite an effort.

Everyone played well, enjoyed the day and the cakes.  The result was a win for FDBC on aggregate.


Members now up-to-date

Our Club Members gallery now contains photos of the entire membership, all of whom are now signed up to receive Newsletters (find no. 11 here) and other information except, of course, the four members without an email account.

External Competition Finalists

We now have an External Competitions section in the gallery listing our successes when representing FDBC elsewhere.


Francis Drake Club Finals

Winners in bold

Many photos are now available here in our Gallery.

Also, larger, downloadable photos are available on this Flikr site.

Pairs Competition

Mick Singer & Conrad de Sousa V Ron Phillips & Dennis Johnson

Ladies' Championship

Sue Hastings V Jeanette Singer

President's Cup

Beryl Phillips V Maria Shooter

Centenary Cup

David Fricker V Ken Shooter

Men's Championship

Tim Deacon V David Singer

Men's 3 Woods

Ken Shooter V Conrad de Sousa

Gardiners Cup

Mark Gingell V John Park

4-3-2-1 (100 up)

David Singer V Conrad de Sousa


The winner of the grand hamper was Mark Gingell.


Roving Jack and BBQ

Just for once, August Bank Holiday Monday stayed dry so everyone enjoyed the whole day.

Play was very different to usual with 8 singles games going on at any one time but rather than the conventional straight rinks play was in any and every direction. When seven ends were complete the two players left the green to be replaced by another two. It was often very confusing especially when jacks were close to one another but great fun was had by all and much laughter heard. The games were followed by an excellent BBQ - Thanks chefs!


Sylvia Lacey, overall winner with a score of 9.5, received her prize of a punnet of fruit.


BOWLS - with a difference!

Sunday afternoon saw a rather different game of bowls at Francis Drake - a FUN-SKILLS day was put together by Ron and Jeanette. Five rinks were laid out with eight different 'challenges' to test the ability of the 22 members and friends attending. Challenges included 'Noughts and Crosses',, 'ditching the ducks' and delivering the jack to a specified area to gain maximum points. All challenges were designed to mimic situations which could occur in the true game of bowls and points were awarded for achievement. Players competed in teams of 2 or 3 and the winning team were Frances, Maria and Rob - well done to them.

Due to the heat only 10-12 ends were played before retiring to the shade to enjoy a scrumptious high  tea - the result of everyone bringing a plate to share - and a chance to catch up with one another.

We are grateful to Sebastian Roche Estate Agents for their sponsorship to cover the replacement of our banner, which was stolen from the fence, and to Joe for mounting this on scaffolding which makes it much more visible.


Francis Drake at Danson Park Open


Colin, Rob, Mick and Jeanette represented Francis Drake at the Danson Park ‘Open’ on the second May Bank Holiday.

The team won 3 and lost 3 of their 6 short games which were interspersed with rest periods. The organisation and food were first class and it was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new people in a very relaxed environment.


A BUSY START TO THE NEW SEASON - sessions for new bowlers continue and casual sessions are available

This season has already seen a lot of action on the green.


For the first time in the club's history eight men entered the National Men's Double Rink Competition, the first round was on May 3rd. The opposition - Bellingham - were mostly both experienced and strong making the final result of a loss by only six shots overall for Francis Drake very respectable. Well done guys! (Photos here)


 Both the weather and the turn-out for the Open day were brilliant with over 50 local people 'having a go' at bowls. Three have already joined as new members and several others are attending the follow-up Introductory sessions (spaces still available so contact us if you are interested). Casual sessions are back on most Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings we look forward to seeing some previous friends back again. (Photos here)


Many club members helped Sylvia celebrate her 80th Birthday in style at a brilliant surprise party organised by her children for family and friends. Sylvia still participates in all club events and bowls competitively in the Ladies North-West Kent league and County Competitions. Bowling really does keep you young! Congratulations Sylvia. (Photos here)


 Despite the inclement weather on Saturday 12th May club members were out in force to compete for the Will Smith Trophy and plate. Tim Deacon knocked out last year's holder - David Singer but was then in turn knocked out by Rob Warnes (left) who took the trophy, which was presented by Captain Ron Phillips. The final for the plate was a close all ladies match with Jeanette Singer beating President Jill Bonner to take the Plate. Well done to all competitors. (Photos here)



Club members celebrate - Christmas and another successful season


Members and friends enjoy a Christmas get together at the Clarendon Hotel Blackheath. More photos here

The season is over and the green closed but members come together for social events and a few indoor matches, with many also bowling as members of Lewisham Indoor Bowls Club through the winter.

The club also celebrates another very positive season. Notable events included winning the following

  •  Francis Chappell Trophy
  • 'Hospitals' Trophies - Men's Singles, Men's pairs and Ladies Triples
  • Beckenham, Bromley and District Bowling Association Trophies - Men's Singles and Triples League
  • Lewisham and District League Shield (3rd consecutive year)
  • 2nd member qualifying for Kent Badge


Ted the Glendale green keeper will keep working on the green through the winter and is pleased to report that the new patch of turf where the subsidence was repaired has taken well and the whole green will be in use next season.

The club welcomes new members and casual bowlers. If you would like further information about bowling outdoors from next April or indoors before then please contact us - it doesn't matter if you have never bowled before and all equipment and coaching is available if required.

Francis Drake Bowls Club

Francis Drake Bowls Club is situated in the beautiful setting of Hilly Fields in Brockley, South London.

We are a friendly, successful club and we always welcome new members and guests.

On Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm until about 5.30pm we have a roll up session where members play casual games with teams selected on the day and practice their skills.

On Wednesday evenings (from 6pm) and Sunday mornings (from 10.30am) we have more casual sessions which non-members are welcome to join in. Fee is £3 per session which includes loan of shoes and bowls if required.

Please note under fives are not allowed  on the green and under 16s must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times

If you are a visiting bowls player or just fancy trying the game please come and visit us. Coaching and purposeful practice sessions can be pre-arranged with the club coaches at no additional charge..

All of the above are dependent on club matches/events and the English weather!

Contact details can be found here.

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The latest Newsletter (No.11 Sep '18) is HERE


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