July 1982 saw the opening of the outside bowling green in Shipton and was the culmination of enthusiastic work undertaken by villagers of Shipton-by-Beningbrough.  The Club had started as an indoor carpet bowls club following an inaugural meeting on 27th April 1979 attended by prominent members of the community.  Between November 1979 and December 1981 discussion took place between members of the Bowls Committee and officers of the Shipton Parish Council.  It was agreed that a parcel of land on the recreation field be set aside for the creation of an outdoor bowling green and pavilion to provide a sporting activity for the Community of Shipton.


The following years saw much activity by members of the Bowls Club and the Club grew steadily with trophies donated by local personalities.  These trophies are still played for today reminding members of the Club’s roots, they include the Shipton Shield, Shipton Cup and the Skelton Shield.  As the membership grew and became more competitive there was a desire to play in local leagues and in 1984 the Club became founder members of the newly formed Tockwith & District Village Bowls League.  The objective of the League was ‘to cater for newcomers to the game of bowls to help them learn the competitive side but always with an emphasis on a friendly nature’.  This league  together with its Knockout Cup has proved to be a great success for the Club and over the years has encouraged many new bowlers,  It is still rated highly among our members.


1990 saw the Club join the local Private Clubs League which was inaugurated by the Bert Keech Bowling Club and as a founder member Shipton still bowl in this league which now has six divisions.  The Ladies of the Club came to prominence in 1993 when the Club joined the York Ladies Bowls Evening League and came close to being the champions on a number of occasions finally achieving that accolade in 2003 and repeating it the following year.  The men finally caught up with the Ladies in 1996 when they joined the York Amateur Bowling Association Men’s Evening League gaining promotion in successive seasons to become an established mid table team in the top division.

Reaching a membership of approximately 70 in 1999 it was felt that the Club had outgrown its original facilities of a portable building and a new pavilion was built by members of the Club, some of which were involved as youngsters playing football and cricket for the village when those sports were first introduced.  These new facilities have encouraged visiting teams and County representative teams to take advantage of our hospitality and working with the Shipton Community Centre Committee we have had many successful days.


Following on from the success of the playing side the membership had grown but by necessity the recruiting area had also grown and slowly the membership became more diverse with less representation by the local community.  Whilst there are still members who live in the local communities of Shipton and Skelton there are not enough and the Committee would like to reverse the process by recruiting more people from the local area.  If anyone in this local community is interested in joining the Club or even just trying the game out, please use the contacts below and we will be happy to assist in any way we can.  The last few years have seen the rapid decline in the participation of people in this and other sports and like the great majority of clubs in the area numbers have fallen to a current membership of approximately 30.


 Recreation Fields, Main Street, Shipton-by-Beningbrough, YORK YO30 1AA 

To contact us:

President:                       B Thompson                  01904 637959

Club Captain:                 Judy Abel                       07779 936772


Treasurer:                      John Backhouse            01904 763681


Secretary:                       S Hallgate                     07754 813583



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