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.

Welcome to Carreras Bowls Club
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 the Basildon Council green at Whitmore Park, in 1986.


After many years at Whitmore Park the club moved to Gloucester Park for the 2024 season due to the council closing the green.

Launch of new Club Shirt June 2022
Carreras Bowls Club will celebrate its 90th Anniversary in July 2025.

In the last 50 years the Club has had just three Presidents, the latest being Mrs Joyce Robertson who has been a member since 1972 and, at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, was voted the Club's first Life Member.

Following the 2023 Annual General Meeting John Turley became Club Chairman. Ray Wells retired as Secretary after 11 years, his place being taken by Kevin Knowles.

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 Gloucester Park, 138 Cranes Farm Road, 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.