ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

AS ESSEX HAS NOW BEEN MOVED INTO TIER 2 (HIGH RISK) WE HAVE HAD NO OPTION OTHER THAN TO CLOSE THE CLUB FOR BOWLING. THIS WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
HOWEVER, THE RESTAURANT WILL BE OPEN ON WEEKDAYS FROM 12.00 UNTIL 15.00 FOR MEALS. THE BAR WILL BE OPEN TO SERVE ANY DRINKS AT YOUR TABLE WITH YOUR MEAL.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE RESTAURANT WE WILL HAVE NO OPTION OTHER THAN TO CLOSE IT COMPLETELY. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

This situation  will be under constant review and will be updated weekly as a minimum. The closure, we hope in this instance, will be for a period of four (4) weeks but will nonetheless follow Government guidelines and instructions received today from the EIBA. We are advised that it is now illegal for us to allow players to bowl at the Club unless they are from the same household. This is a change from the National restriction where you were permitted to have players from 6 different households. This also applies to the Bar and Restaurant. The Clubs Development Committee have carried out a Due Diligence exercise and, despite news on the radio today from the CMO of Essex County Council which appears to relax the rules for Indoor Clubs, we are still going to follow the Government Rulings and remain with the agreed closure until such times as we see written confirmation that relaxes the Rulings of Level 2 (High Risk). As usual we are available to answer any queries you may have and we regret that this action has become necessity.
Updated by: AWH 16/10/20 @ 22.30

If any Member of the CIBC hears or knows of any illness or deaths of any of our Members, past or present, then please do not hesitate to advise the Hon Secretary as soon as possible.
Thank you all.


 Welcome to Colchester Indoors Bowls Club, established in 1982 and located in Colchester, Essex.  The Club is affiliated to the English Indoor Bowling Association Limited (EIBA) and the Essex County Indoor Bowling Association (ECIBA), together with the London & Southern Counties Bowling Association.

The Club caters for all ages although children under three years old would not be allowed into the bowling area or bar. The Junior Section is very active and there are special sessions run on a Sunday evening throughout the winter season. There are reduced rates for juniors (up to age 25) and the Club has a good selection of bowls to suit.

The Club has six bowling rinks, a restaurant, bar, shop, changing rooms and the unusual feature of an excellent viewing gallery for spectators to watch the bowling.  The Club also has full facilities for disabled members, including toilet facilities, specialist wheelchairs, access ramps to the green along with adequate free parking with disabled spaces.

During 2017/18 we made significant changes in the Club to improve our carbon footprint and power usage. We have installed LED lighting throughout and and replaced our gas heating installation with an electrical air source heat pump system. We can see and feel some of the numerous benefits of this switch. The lighting is now first class and both the cooling and heating elements of our ASHP system are working well. The full system has been running continuously during operational hours and is a vast improvement on the old system. We have recently installed solar panels on our roof and have reduced our power take up from the grid substantially. This in turn has reduced our carbon footprint and utility bill even further allowing us to reinvest some of our savings into the refurbishment of many areas of the Club.

The Club is open all year round for bowling, with times as detailed below:-

Winter Season - Friday 27th September 2019 to Sunday 27th April 2020: Opening from 08.30-22.30 Monday to Saturday & 08.30 to 22.00 on Sundays.
Summer Season – Monday 18th May 2020  to September 2020: see summer schedule or ring Club for details.

The Club is closed for bowling at weekends in the summer months, although some social functions may be held; these will be published on our “Social Events” website page.

The Club is managed by Club Steward, Keith Cullis and his four Assistant Stewards. We currently have a bowling membership of 751, plus 157 social members. 

Club Coaches are available to give instruction, usually at the lunchtime “Roll Up” sessions. Lessons are bookable in advance with the Coaching team and other times can be accommodated if agreed with your Coach.

Updated 28th February 2020