The Club has been located on the same site since its formation in 1937, though it moved from the ground floor to its present position in the late 1960’s. It is the oldest private members’ Tenpin Bowling Club in the United Kingdom. The club was primarily formed to promote Tenpin Bowling, Scottish (Double Handed) Skittles and Carpet Bowling, but unfortunately the Carpet Bowling saw its demise in the early 1980’s.
In the club’s early days young boys were employed for re-spotting the pins but with the invention of automated pinsetters after the Second World War, things changed and running tenpin bowling alleys became more efficient. Today, trained mechanics and staff are employed to quickly sort out any faults.
The club constantly makes improvements to provide the best facilities for members and has installed the same model of automatic pin-setting machines that is used in most tenpin centres today. Other improvements include replacing the wooden lanes by the latest synthetic lanes, introducing computerised scoring, moonlight bowling facilities, ramps or bumpers for beginners and also using a machine to clean and dress the lanes daily to give the best bowling conditions.
Scottish skittles like tenpin has references in history to the game being played a long time ago. The current game is played in a similar vein to that of tenpin but with some fundamental differences. The deployment of the ball is by double handed means, either from a standing position or by launching your body on to the alley and releasing the ball at full stretch towards the pins, as such there is no requirement for finger holes in the ball like there is in tenpin.
The scoring system for skittles also seems to have varied throughout the ages, but today, due to the availability of commercially viable computerised scoring systems, we have chosen to adopt the more recognised tenpin form of scoring, thus allowing us to continue the tradition of the game but with the aid of 21st century technology. Again on the Skittles lanes we have adopted another technology improvement and use synthetic lane surfaces thus ensuring there is no danger of getting wood splinters, a hazard still present at some venues with wooden lanes.
In the past the club has had many members playing tenpin for County and Scottish teams in various inter-county competitions or at international events and the club currently has several young adults involved with the Scotland team.