History

Finchley Victoria Bowling Club was formed in 1925. Bowls has been played in Victoria Park in Finchley for over 70 years. We have a rich history. There used to be a separate women’s club and men’s club.

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A challenge in 2016

In July 2016, Barnet council announced they wanted to save £100,000 from their overall budget, and informed the six bowls clubs in the borough that they would no longer support them financially.

Barnet informed us they wanted us to become more self-managing and to now pay our own way, rather than be subsidised by the council any longer.

It was a bit of a shock to the system, after over 70 years of council funding, but we have risen to the occasion. We have taken this is an opportunity to inspire and galvanise ourselves and breathe new life in to the club and the wonderful club house in Victoria Park.

We launched croquet at the end of August 2016 on our second green and the Mayor came to visit and declare play open.

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An opportunity to reinvent ourselves

So we have taken this opportunity to reinvent the club, from a bowls club only open from the end of April to the end of September, to a bowls and croquet club that also provides inspiring and engaging activities for the community all year around.

Barnet have now given us use of the club house all year around and we want to share the wonderful club house, greens and facilities with you and the wider community.

This new phase of our development at a club began on 1 April 2017.

Why not join us

We welcome you to be part of this new chapter of the club. Come and join us and belong to a wonderful club at the heart of the Finchley community.

Our warm, friendly and welcoming Bowling & Croquet Club has pursued many exciting ideas to develop the club into a community hub for members and their guests, Victoria Park visitors and the local community.

We are a creative and ambitious club with a magnificent clubhouse, which is utilised to create many initiatives for fun, social events and keep fit activities. Our members range from many different backgrounds and all ages.

Open all year round

We have a number of different membership levels from ‘Social Membership’ to Corporate Membership’, or you can just come along on a ‘Pay & Play’ basis. Finchley Victoria Bowling & Croquet Club is open throughout the year and welcomes members, their guests and park visitors

So, why not come along for a social afternoon, meet new friends or play Bowls or Croquet on our clubs beautifully kept greens, free tuition and private car parking

Want to learn more?… then contact Gary on 020 8346 0818 / 07956 546457 or email garybargroff@btinternet.com

You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/finchleyvictoriabowlingandcroquetclub/