Brief Club History

We are a relatively young club formed in 1996 by a small group of local enthusiastic people, the culmination of an eight-year dream for us and Fremington Parish Council. Since then we have gone from strength to strength.

The 99-year lease of the green on the outskirts of the village was handed over to the specially-formed Byeways Bowling Club, named after its site at the former Byeways Nurseries.

The story began when developers Lovells made the land available in 1988 under a planning agreement, together with £25,000 to help meet Fremington’s recreational needs.

In the following years the parish council gathered in a further £46,000 in grant aid from the Sports and Arts Foundation, £11,000 from North Devon District Council and added funds of its own amounting to £48,000.

Byeways Bowling Club is responsible for the running of the green, with a council proviso that the publicly funded amenity be made available to all interested parishioners. One of our six rinks is available to non-members for 50 per cent of the time during the bowling season, including specific periods in the evenings and at weekends.

A building previously sited at Roborough Gardens, Pilton, was donated to the club by North Devon District Council and erected at Byeways Bowling Club a few weeks after the lease was handed over.

Over the years the original donated club house has been extended and improved several times. We added a viewing gallery and storage sheds for equipment. Our large car park was tarmacked, and the patio paved.

We now have around 100 members and we celebrated our 25+1 Anniversary in 2022!

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