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Tavistock Sir Francis Drake


Club ID: 08090
Club Type: Mixed
The Meadows
Plymouth Road
PL19 8BS
Members: 110

Contact: Mrs Diana Smirles
Tel: 01822 612763
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Club Profile

The Club was formed in 1914 for outdoor Lawn Bowls. It was a gentlemen-only club until 1947 when a ladies section was formed. The indoor Short Mat section was formed in 1987. There is a seven-rink outside green together with three rinks for Short Mat in the Clubhouse.

Facilities include men's changing room, ladies' changing room, visitors' changing room, equipment store and machinery shed together with a Clubhouse which includes a licensed bar, toilets and kitchen with an outside patio area.

The Club is named after Sir Francis Drake, as he was born in 1542 at a farm one-mile from the site of the Club. He became famous as a seafarer and, in 1588 when the Spanish Armada was sighted sailing up the English Channel, he was playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe when he decided to finish his game before setting sail with his fleet to engage the invaders. A monument to his memory stands not far from the Club.

The Lawn Bowls season commences in April and finishes in September with the Short Mat running from September to April. Both sections play League and Friendly matches during their seasons and host their own annual tournaments.

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