Derbyshire CMBA was originally formed in 1950 and affiliated to the EBA in 1951. Prior to this Derbyshire clubs were affiliated to Nottinghamshire EBA as only Federation and Crown Green bowls were played within the County. It is believed that Derbyshire is the only county in the country where all three codes of bowls are played within its boundaries.
In 1989, on the initiative of Norma Hazzledine and Sheila Miller, the Derbyshire CWBA was formed to allow working women and young women in education an opportunity to play competitive EBA bowls in the evening and at weekends. In the first year of competition Jean Baker won the English National Singles.
From small beginnings Derbyshire has an impressive record of internationals, both men and women, at senior and junior levels. Four of the Senior Internationals have represented England at Commonwealth Games, World Bowls and Atlantic Games.
Derbyshire has provided two England Presidents, Norma Hazzledine and Brenda Morley. Norma served as Director of International Events on the Bowls England Board for nine years, retiring in 2018.
The gender sections of the County amalgamated on January 1st 2013 to form Bowls Derbyshire.