History of Carreras Bowls Club

Carreras Bowls Club was formed in 1935 as a section of the Carreras Social and Athletics Club (CSAC) which was situated with its own sports ground at Stanmore in Middlesex.

The first bowling green was accordingly at the Stanmore club ground, where the Bowls Club continued up to the outbreak of the War and picked up again after the War.


Carreras Bowls Club - Clubhouse
Carreras Bowls Club moved in the early 1960s to the new Carreras sports ground at Nevendon, Basildon as cigarette production was transferred to a new factory in Basildon. By 1978 the Club had joined the Basildon & District Lawn Bowls Association and also had became affiliated to both Essex County Bowls and Southend & District Bowls Associations. The Club prospered as a result and soon built up an impressive list of both league games and friendlies as well as Club and individual's competitions.

With the disposal by the Company of the Nevendon sports ground in 1984, the Bowls Club was homeless for a year, playing all away fixtures, before moving to its present home, the Basildon Council green at Whitmore Park, in 1986.


Carreras Bowls Club - 80th Anniversary Open Day
Carreras Bowls Club celebrated its 80th Anniversary in July 2015.

In the last 45 years the Club has had just two Presidents, Les Breffit and the current President Bert Parmenter. Les, a director of Carreras, held the office from 1969 until his death in 2009. Bert aged 94 this year, succeeded Les as President and has been associated with the Club since the 1930s, joining his father, a founder member! Les and Bert's experience has stood the Club in good stead.

Carreras Bowls Club

'The friendly club': open to men and ladies of all ages and abilities, we extend a warm invitation and welcome to new members.

Where are we?

Find us in the extensive Whitmore Park - off Whitmore Way, in Basildon.

Can I try bowls?

New members are very welcome - if you're interested, come and talk to us and give it a go at one of our 'Come and Try' days.