About St John's (Meads) Bowling Club

St Johns (Meads) Bowling Club

St John's (Meads) Bowling Club is a flat green bowling club founded in 1936. The club is affiliated to Sussex County Bowls and is an Associate Member of Bowls England.

Our current club membership is 70, 35 men and 35 ladies. We also have 20 social members.

Playing mainly mixed matches, our season starts towards the end of April each year and closes at the end of September, or weather permitting, early October.  We have a comprehensive fixture list of matches against local clubs and entertain touring teams from various parts of the UK.

The club holds competitions that run throughout the summer for those who want to take part and bowlers of all levels are encouraged to participate. Playing against better players is a good way of improving your game.

St JohnsIn addition there are regular organised roll-ups, plus informal roll-ups on most non-match day afternoons. Members are simply encouraged to turn up on the day. We regard roll-ups as an important part of our club activities, helping to maintain the very friendly atmosphere for which the club is renowned.

New Members

We welcome new members, be they experienced bowlers or beginners.  Complementary coaching sessions are available to all.  For more information please contact our Secretary.


St. John's Bowling Club is situated in The Helen Garden on the south coast at Eastbourne. The bowling green has six rinks, is full regulation size, and positioned just yards from the spectacular chalk cliffs above Holywell Ledge and a short distance from the world famous beauty spot, Beachy Head.

Whether you are able to concentrate on your bowling is debatable as the glorious views from the green, out across the English Channel, are arguably the best from any bowling green in the UK.  If you want to experience “Bowls with a View” then St John’s is the club for you.

The Helen Garden

The Helen Garden nestles below the downs, high on the seafront, two and a quarter kilometres west of the pier. In addition to the bowling green the garden contains a good-sized putting course, a petanque/boule rink, a modern children's play area as well as sweeping lawns from which there are magnificent views of Eastbourne seafront and out to sea towards Hastings and beyond.

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