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Quorn Mills Park Bowls Club was established in the early 1920s for workers at Wright Mills factory, and initially for men only (ladies were allowed to join in 1938). Messrs Wrights who have been manufacturing on Leicester Rd Quorn since 1870 originally produced fabrics for the footwear and corset trades, the factory today now produces high technology textiles for various industries including military, aerospace and leisure. Previous to this from 1906 bowls was played on the vicarage lawn. Wrights supplied the bowls for their employees, Mr Sidney Wright son of William Wright was a keen bowler and organised inter-department matches.


The thatch roof pavilion was built prior to the bowls club being formed as they appeared in the council minutes June 1919 the Park. In 1987 Mr. Michael Wright gave permission for the club to erect a larger clubhouse as the thatch pavilion became too small to house all its members. Planning permission was granted by Charnwood Borough council and work soon started after. Alice Boon club secretary at the time had seen a prefab bungalow used by a boat chandler in Kegworth which would serve the purpose.

 

The club operated as virtually two separate clubs, men's and ladies

but in 2005 the two sections amalgamated under one single management committee. Today the management committee manages the club whilst ladies and men's section committees look after all members concerns with playing bowls. The club plays in leagues and competitions at club, district and county levels, ladies and men’s events as well as mixed.


Full members pay an annual fee and can play at any time (during the season) we also have social members who, unusually for a bowls club, can play up to six times provided they are accompanied by a full member and pay a green fee.

During the bowling season (April to October) most Friday evenings are given over to a casual ‘roll-up’: a competitive game of bowls but in a more relaxed atmosphere and a relaxed dress code. It is also when beginners are introduced to the game on a separate rink and given one-to-one instruction.

To this day the Wright family are still very supportive to the club.

Opening ceremony of ‘Quorn Mills Park Bowls Club’  ceremony 1922