The Game of Bowls

the game of bowls

The game of bowls is an activity that can be enjoyed by the young and not so young, and by the novice and the more experienced bowler alike. Our bounce games hat nights (Ladies points days) and mixed play games are open to all, so when you turn up you are assured of a game with fellow members, and no-one is ever left out. Likewise all members are encouraged to enter our many internal competitions.

For young bowlers it provides a sporting opportunity that helps develop teamwork competitiveness and sportsmanship that will serve them well throughout their life. The mature bowler will find the game provides gentle exercise, and within the Braid Bowling Club, an opportunity to meet and play with others in a friendly and highly attractive environment. Coaching is freely available to all from our own qualified coaches, so learning the game of bowls has never been easier - so why not give it a try.

Prospective Members

Anyone wishing to try the game of bowls is very welcome to come along to one of our open mixed play days, that are held each Sunday from the 30th April, starting at 2.00pm, during the playing season. The Green is usually available for play throughout the day (but check the Intimation Sheets for priority events).

Also, the Club has decided to run informal session for senior South Morningside pupils and their families on Sunday afternoons starting on Sunday 30th April. These would run throughout the season excepting the very few occasions when the Green is required for outside matches Please check our Events Calendar for exceptions. Thanks to a grant from City of Edinburgh Council, the Club now have junior and small - size bowls available. The Green Ranger has kindly agreed that gym shoes or trainers are acceptable for children to wear on the Green. For family members, the Club has adult sized bowls and shoes available for play. Informal coaching will be provided by Club members but the intention is to have our visitors playing by the end of their first visit. These sessions will be free of charge apart for a £1 per head for refreshments.

The Club is in the process of complying with the detailed guidance that recently has been issued by Bowls Scotland in relation to Child Protection. A Child Protection Policy will be in place and a Child Protection Officer appointed to oversee the planned coaching programme. An approved Parental Consent Form will be issued by the Club. Details of the Bowls Scotland Child Protection Programme can be found on the organisation's website: Bowls Scotland.


For those interested in joining the Club as playing members, the existing Junior membership is £10. Full adult membership is £135 with a 50% reduction for the first year of membership. In addition the Club has agreed to introduce a special Weekend Membership for the families of South Morningside pupils (or of any other school pupils who participate). This membership (£25) would give play from Friday to Sunday inclusive and would be for 1 year only. Thereafter family members would move to full membership of the Club.

For more information, please e-mail our Club Secretary at or phone 0131 447 0612 and leave a message on our answering machine. To join, please download our Appplication Form and send it to The Club Secretary, at the address on the form.


Members wishing to book a rink for a competition tie or for a game with visitors should enter the details on the relevant Intimation Sheets; the binder is to be found in the entrance lobby. The Green Ranger will allocate a rink on the daily sheet displayed on the notice board. Prior booking of Bounce Game on any day is not permitted.

Annual subscription rates for 2017 are £135 for Ladies and Men. New members will pay a reduced rate of £67.50 for the first year.