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About our Club

Our club is set in the lovely village of Marldon in South Devon, close to Paignton, Torquay and Brixham, jointly known as Torbay. The club was founded in 1987, but until 1995 when we acquired our own green, all matches were played away and the longstanding joke for touring sides is that we were once unbeaten at home for 8 years!!!!

The club is affiliated to the Bowls England and Bowls Devon. Our men play in the Mid Devon League, and the Over 55’s Triples League and our women in the South Devon Ladies Bowling League.We also have two teams in the Riviera Mixed Triples League.

Our club colours are green and gold, both the men and ladies play in green and white coloured shirts for Club representative games. See our current dress code in the Club Rules.

We also hold the annual Marldon Fours Open Tournament which is open to all clubs in the area and is always a very successful event. For 2019 we are able to announce Club sponsors, Orchard Cars & Totnes Taxis Ltd, Taxi Services (Alan Routledge), Kevan “D” Home Enhancement (Kevan Davey), Avon Ground Maintenance Company, Allen’s Electrical, Paignton Flat Roofing & Cox Of Torbay.

See our Facilities page for more details of what we can offer.

We play many fixtures in the Summer, including home and away local matches against Clubs from Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Brixham and the wider Devon area, plus touring sides and our league games. During the Winter we play in a Shortmat League and have shortmat sessions in our Village Hall, and also play friendly games at the local indoor bowling centres which includes the Torbay Leisure Hotels, Torquay United and Torbay Indoor Bowling Assoc..

MBC Clubhouse

Marldon Bowling Club Opening Day April 1995

Herald Express report transcript below....

AFTER nine "homeless" years a South Devon sports club has finally won its most stamina-sapping challenge - finding a pitch to play on.

Now members of the Marldon ~ Club are looking forward to contesting their first ever home game on newly laid turf in the village after nearly a decade of playing away.

Overjoyed club secretary Mrs Peggy Mountford said: "We thought this moment would never happen. There were times when we were all down in the dumps and felt like giving up."

The club, which plays in the Mid-Devon League, was founded nine years ago and quickly built up a membership of around 20 keen bowlers. and a fund raising campaign was launched to help buy the members what they missed most - a pitch .

Mrs Mountford said: "Bits of land came up in the village but we couldn't use them because we didn't have enough finance or there were planning problems.

"All the while we were having to travel away to get a match." Just as it looked as if the club was going to lose its most hard fought fixture, it finally got the run of the green in the shape of a government grant.

"In 1993 we were awarded a 64,000 grant from the Sports and

Arts Foundation, something the committee had been quietly plugging away for. And the club had raised 16,000 itself by holding jumble sales and raffles."

The Marldon Bowlers were on the home straight when a piece of land in the village jointly owned by villagers Margaret English, Norman English and Margaret Pearse, all three now honorarv vice presidents, became available.

The pitch was laid and a gala opening ceremony at the newly-erected clubhouse, brought the search to an official end. Mrs Mountford added: "Everyone at the club is thrilled."