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Lawn Bowling: A Game for All Ages in West Hartford Since 1923

Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club, Inc. has been located at 35 Lancaster Road, West Hartford since 1923. Facebook photo

Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club, a Connecticut Registered Historic Site, will kick off its 94th year with instruction beginning May 2. 

By Joy Taylor

We are looking toward the first day of spring on Monday, and the only green things in site are the shamrock decorations from Saint Patrick’s Day, or maybe some leftover green beer from Friday. Here’s a very green topic to get our minds on warmer weather – “think green” with the Fernliegh Lawn Bowling Club which has been in town since 1923.

Lawn Bowling is a friendly sport suitable for all ages and physical abilities and may soon become a recognized Olympic Sport by the IOC.  

Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club, Inc. has been located at 35 Lancaster Road, West Hartford since 1923 and all ages are welcome. Facebook photo

The social aspects of the game are well suited to a relaxed atmosphere and a camaraderie among bowlers. According to the Fernleigh website, “members are eager to help each other hone their skills and learn new aspects of the game.”

There are currently 60 members in the club, some traveling from other parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.  The charming clubhouse is visible from Lancaster Road; you can also see it from the back of the Butterfly Restaurant on Farmington Avenue.

Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club’s 92nd season officially begins with instruction on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. or Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning May 2  for three evenings or mornings. (The first season kicked off in 1925 even though the organization was formed in 1923)

They encourage and welcome men and women of all ages to join them on the green for league play from May through October.  To learn more about the Club and the sport of lawn bowling, please visit the Fernleigh website a and find them on Facebook as well.

To register for lessons, please email Ellen Boyne at [email protected].  Additionally, the clubhouse may be contacted during the season (May through October) at 860-232-1040.

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