Chislet Colliery Welfare Association
Bowls Club
Chislet Colliery Welfare Association Bowls Club is located in the village of Hersden, four miles east of Canterbury. This original village of 300 houses was designed and built around the 1920s by the Chislet Colliery Company to house the miners who worked at Chislet Colliery. The colliery was located on the south side of the A28, Margate to Canterbury Road and was operational between its commencement in 1914 and the final shift on 26th July 1969. In 2005, a further 210 homes were added at Chislet Gardens, immediately to the west of the village.

Construction work is now underway (2019) on the Hoplands Farm Residential Estate on the south side of the main Canterbury - Margate road. This will comprise of over 250 new homes and together, many families will be able to take advantage of our great facilities.

The club was formed in 1936 after the Coal Board provided land on the west side of the village, close to the Miners Welfare Club. The Club has continued to use, and care for, this green continuously since then. The present Clubhouse, positioned on the north side of the green, provides a pleasant area from which to view the games as well as facilities for changing rooms, catering and a small licensed bar for members and their guests.

Throughout the summer season, the club hosts a full programme of matches and competitions against other clubs and within its membership. Qualified coaching can be made available for new members, who are always welcome to come along to practice sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon.
Outside of the outdoor bowling season, Chislet Colliery Welfare Association Bowls Club organises, and participates in, various indoor bowls events and activities.

Indoor Bowling at the main hall of the Chislet Colliery Welfare Club is popular and only costs £2 for the full evening, bowling on a roll-out mat, on Monday evenings - please be there at 7pm. Our 2021 season starts 20th September We must have at least 6 players per session to cover costs. Please contact Michael Holmes or call 01227 712633 for more information.

Chislet Bowls Club members also play in the East Kent Short Mat League, with 2 teams, known as "Chislet Labradors" who are currently in Second Division and "Chislet Cheetahs" in Third Division. Matches are played on Tuesday evenings for Labradors and Thursday evenings for Cheetahs from September through to March from 7p.m. Practice is on the same days when no home match is booked. For further info contact Bob Hill (captain) 01227 374327

You can read our former Chairman, Michael Blackband's, detailed story of the full history of the Club here


I am sorry to inform everyone that Charles Trevette died 21st February 2021. His funeral will be 24th March at 12:00 at Barham Cemetery. Any donations please to either Pilgrims Hospice or Demelza
1st March 2021
John Griffiths
On Friday evening 19/02/21 John Griffiths sadly passed away at the Hospice. Further details when available.
23rd February 2021
Tony James
We lost one of our newest members Tony James to Covid at midnight Tuesday 19th January 2021. He will be missed by those of us who came to know him during last summer, and I am sure with the way he was playing he would have been a great asset to the club.
22nd January 2021
Short Mat
Chislet Labradors have moved their short mat to the Welfare club in Hersden on Tuesday Evenings 7pm to 10pm
24th September 2018

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