We are affiliated to:
Bowls England - Bowls Devon Mid Devon League South Devon Ladies Bowls League Men's Over 55 Triples League
Riviera Mixed Triples League.
In 1938 Brixham Council bought two fields near St Mary's Church for £1160 to provide tennis courts, a football pitch, a bowling green and other leisure facilities for the local community. St. Mary's Park with its new bowling green opened on 1st June 1940. (This information was taken from 'A Torbay Century' by John Pike 2003 by This year's Lady Captain)
Over the years St Mary's BC has evolved into an organisation known for drawing the best from people, both as bowlers and members of the club. Our membership has all but doubled over the past five years as we have developed our recruitment and coaching programmes. We have an all-year programme of events that keeps people involved both socially and as active players. We host county matches, and our own invitation triples and charity pairs competitions. On a more practical note, car parking is free and the clubhouse has wheelchair access.
Throughout the season we have a series of flagship events which help raise money for the Club and the Captains' charity. We also have tours, the most notable in recent years being two trips to Portugal.
THE ECLIPSE CUP
This competition was prompted by the total eclipse of 1999. The entire screening of the sun could be seen only in Cornwall but the impact was felt throughout the West Country. Those who witnessed the eclipse were unable to see the full effect because of cloudy skies but they were aware of a drop in temperature and saw darkness fall at 11.11am on 11th August. Well known astronomer, the late Patrick Moore described it as a ‘strange, weird experience’
This was the first total eclipse over mainland Britain since 1927 and a momentous event so, when Barry Mills was asked by the then Ladies’ Captain to organise a competition for a new cup, he had the idea that it should commemorate the eclipse. It was decided to invite local clubs to send one ladies’ triples team to compete for the cup, each playing three games with a maximum of six ends in a set time on three different rinks against different teams. And so The Eclipse Cup was born, to be played every year on 11th August.
It has become a popular event in the local calendar, a day enjoyed by everyone who takes part and we hope it will continue so for many years to come.
THE BILL HARRIS INVITATION MIXED TRIPLES TOURNAMENT
Our flagship event now in its 33rd year, attracts over 70 bowlers from most of the South Devon clubs. Many teams return year after year to enjoy the bowls, meeting old friends and enjoying lunch provided by our talented catering ladies. The competition runs over 3 Sundays.
THE CHARITY PAIRS
.This is predominantly, though not exclusively, an internal competition which raises money for the Captains' charity each year. Ideally, 6 or even 7, rinks play a 'round robin' in pairs competing for a cup. The match is followed by a high tea and the presentation of the cheque to a representative of the relevant charity.
THE ROSE BOWL
Every year St Mary's plays Brixham BC for a splendid trophy that travels back and forth across the town depending on who wins. This year, it came home to St Mary's!