Welcome to the Isle of Thorns website.

We are a friendly club tucked away in a tranquil setting just off the A275 at Chelwood Gate.

We have 4 rinks, a clubhouse and play bowls at all levels.

The rinks are open for members throughout the bowling season and roll ups are encouraged.

We play over 60 friendly matches in the season and are in the Mid Sussex and John Spriggs leagues.

We also enter teams into most of the competitions in the area and have several County players.

All level of players and beginners are warmly welcomed.


President Dave Lindsay president@iotbowls.co.uk
Chairman Alan Johnson chairman@iotbowls.co.uk
Hon. Secretary Barbara Bird secretary@iotbowls.co.uk
Hon. Treasurer Phil Bird treasurer@iotbowls.co.uk
Fixtures Secretary Frank Rimell fixturesecretary@iotbowls.co.uk


Refreshed Pavilion Open Day


Other fine days of Bowling







We are at Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, on the Ashdown Forest.
Turn off the A275 where you see the signs for the Cats Protection Society (and our sign) and follow it to our car park. Post Code for Sat Nav RH17 7DE

We can be contacted by
telephone 01342 323861

or write to us
Barbara Bird, 89 Heathcote Drive, East Grinstead, RH19 1NE, England

Come and Join Us


All welcome

Even if you have never played before, come along, chat with us and find out what it is all about.

We have a regular Monday afternoon session that is ideal for you to meet us and try bowling a few "woods". Our coaches are usually on duty and several members are available to answer any questions you may have.

We have a very friendly coach who can show you everything from how to hold the bowl, why we wear flat soled shoes, what happens when it rains, and give you all the help you need to get you playing enjoyable bowls.

Compared to most other sports the cost is very modest, and you do not have to splash out on a set of new bowls the moment you join. We normally have some club ones you can borrow or some perfectly good second hand ones at half the price of new ones.

If you can bowl already please come along and check us out, without any final commitment to join. It is always difficult when moving to a new area to decide just which club is ideal for you.

We are a mixed club and most of our matches are for mixed teams. We do play in local leagues, County matches and many competitions as well as friendly matches and roll ups.

Come and join us.