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The Club is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and on Samuel Smith’s Sports Ground, just off Benfield Road and Cherrywood and are immediately next door to Newcastle Benfield Football Club. Parking is available for members and visitors. The green is a standard six rink surface and is well maintained throughout the year and was used, initially, by Ringtons for its employees, being called Ringtons Bowling Club. In 1952 the name changed to Benfield Community Centre Bowling Club and was opened up to the public. It was in the Spring of 2016 that the Club changed its name to Benfield Bowling Club after the closure of the site’s Community Centre to which the football and bowls clubs were a part. This was primarily changed so the Club had a completely new identity for its quest to become a Registered Charity within the bounds of the Charities Commission of England and Wales. Our status as a charity was confirmed in July of the same year and our Registered Charity Number is seen at the foot of each page on this site.
Our Open Competition is historically linked to, although not sponsored by, Ringtons and is called the Samuel Smith Cup. This trophy is played for annually and the trophy bears the name of Samuel Smith who founded Ringtons as a company in 1907 as a family business so this means the name has been linked with the Club for a number of years and was initially called Ringtons Bowling Club in its first two years of existance when the company name was dropped and the Club was opened up to non-employees.
Membership of the Club is open to all persons regardless of their ability, age or gender. New members are always warmly welcomed. A membership form can be completed on this site and presented to the Club via its post box near the entrance gate or posted to our Club Sectretary. If a visitor to the Club shows an interest in taking the game up as an active sport, whether competitive or casual, then current Club members will be only too pleased to advise.
There are different levels of the game for anyone interested in playing. Our Club has casual bowling sessions, coaching, roll-ups and for the more competitive player, we have local leagues of differing levels of competitiveness. We also have official umpires as members of our Club. There are County level knockout matches which could lead to County level play and possibly even National level with England for example. Indeed at least one of members has gone on to play for England in recent years and has won the Family Pairs Competition at National level.
Like many other Clubs in the region we are always looking for new members and we are currently seeking to expand our facilities which could help the Club with its future stability and ongoing relative success. At this time we currently have both men’s and ladies teams and some leagues where mixed play is standard. If you are looking to join the Club there are differing membership levels, details of which can be obtained upon request via completion of the form on the Contact Us page.