History: The Club was founded in 1920. Planning for the Centenary celebrations is well in hand and will include special matches and events. The current Clubhouse was opened in 1987.
Green: The green is regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in the county. It is cared for by our greenkeeper and his team of volunteers, with support, help and advice from professional greenkeepers. The green's surrounds of grass and herbaceous borders are well tended by a small dedicated team of enthusiasts.
Club: We are a friendly mixed group with the use of an excellent Clubhouse which, with our well equipped kitchen, can cater for post-match meals and social occasions. The Clubhouse and adjacent patio have excellent views of the green and the play, as do all the surrounds.
We have a licensed bar with a varied selection of beers, wines and spirits, together with an excellent choice of non-alcoholic refreshment, all of which are, of course, at advantageous club prices. The bar is open most evenings in the season and for all home matches.
Bowling at Shiplake: Bowls is played in a number of formats with one, two, three or four players per side on each rink. Playing bowls at Shiplake takes many forms and caters for a wide variety of player.
Roll ups - practice sessions - are arranged between small groups of members on an ad hoc basis. A (slightly) more organised session is held on Monday afternoons when we get the chance to play in most of the positions in a team, and as its name, Points, suggests can lead to prizes at the end of the season. There are a variety of competitions for our members in all types of the game leading to our Finals days in early September.
The Club plays 2 or 3 matches a week in the season both home and away. The great majority of these games are mixed which we are sure contributes to the friendliness of our Club. Many of the matches are friendlies but we also play in two leagues throughout the season - the Plomer Cup and Oddfellows Triples League.
Our men play once a week in the Oxford Bowls League and the ladies have a number of afternoon friendlies.
Members also play in county competitions and several have been picked to play for the county (Oxfordshire).