THE STORY OF THE MELTON and DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLING CLUB.
Melton and District Indoor Bowls Club has now been in operation
since Christmas 1987.
The Club did not suddenly appear "out of the blue" as an up and
running concern, but was the direct result of the foresight of a
few energetic and enterprising people who were involved in the
game of bowls and wished to see an Indoor Club established here
in Melton Mowbray.
The facilities for playing bowls indoors in
the winter within the Melton area was very limited and those who
wished to play their game through the whole year were faced with
journeys to either Leicester, Nottingham or Grantham, and so
these Clubs became the envy of the Melton bowlers
A wide variety of League, Friendly and Competition bowling was
set up in order to attract a broad spectrum of members, and when
the Junior Club was established the Club was able to cater for
players of all abilities from 8 years of age to 80 years, so to
The Club was officially opened by Lord King of Wartnaby on the
15th April 1988, and a few of both men and women internationals
were present to demonstrate their prowess on this, the newest of
indoor bowling surfaces. The Club very soon became recognised as
one of the finest bowling venues in the country, and in 1989 was
approached by the English Indoor Bowling Association, to hold
the Men's National Championships and since then Melton has been
the home of the Nationals.
This has proved to be a boon to both the Club and the town, and
giving everyone from far and near the opportunity to see some of
the finest bowlers in the country. All this has been made
possible by good planning and consistent improvements within the
Club but most of all by the hard work of Club members acting as
stewards and officials during the eight days of the annual event.
Four of our young ladies were selected to play at Under 25 level
for England against Wales in 2001, one of whom has moved on to
be selected for her first full international match in March
2002. Each one of them started their bowling career with our
thriving Junior Club, which meets every Saturday morning and
where youngsters from as early as six years are taught the game
from A to Z by coaches and helpers.
Improvements and new technology must always be at the forefront
of the Management's mind, and so quite recently a new heating
system has been installed, and now we are right up to date with a
new wooden floor surface, installed by Greengauge, which gives Melton IBC
one of the most up to date and accurate bowling surfaces in the country.
Another aspect of the life of MDIBC is the part played in the local
community with bowling sessions for disabled and visually impaired
groups. At the end of the winter season, in April, Melton IBC have
staged an Open Pairs competition for disabled people, with entrants
coming from all over the country.
The Club continues to provide enjoyment and friendship to all
those who visit, there is now a determined publicity campaign to
make a greater number of the local people aware of the
facilities that are on offer at the Indoor Bowls Club in Melton.
There are a number of options open to anyone who is interested
in the game of bowls, which include tuition, loan of shoes and woods
whilst under instruction, social membership, which includes the use
of the bar and restaurant. The restaurant has become a popular venue
with a wide variety of meals and the facilities are available for hire for
wedding and parties etc.