HISTORY OF THE CLUB
Purbrook Heath Bowling Club was established on 25th March 1982 when Councillor Timothy Williams chaired an inaugural meeting in the `Upper Pavilion` on Purbrook Heath. The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Ludbrooke, officially opened the club on 1st June 1982, and the first Annual General Meeting was held in Deverell Hall, Purbrook, on 11th November 1982. The clubhouse was a portakabin supplied by Havant Borough Council who also employed a permanent groundsman, and the membership was held at 102 with a joining fee of £5 and subscription fee of £5.
Since its inauguration the club has been totally mixed and both male and female members have equal rights to hold office in the club.
At a Committee meeting on 4th October 1982 a suggestion that a Junior Section be formed was rejected on the grounds that during school holidays the green could be overrun with juniors.
In 1985 the serving Club President Mr Fred Barge died and his widow, who was also a club member, donated the Fred Barge Trophy to be contested every year in his memory. 36 members contested the trophy that year and to this day the trophy is still competitively played for. In the same year the ladies of Purbrook joined the newly formed Havant Ladies Evening League.
The ladies and men in the club joined their respective Portsmouth & District Leagues in 1986 when the membership increased to 130 and the annual subscription increased to £10.
In 1989 Havant Borough Council built a new pavilion to replace the portakabin and eight years later the members submitted a proposal to extend the premises.
The services of the permanent groundsman employed by Havant Borough Council was withdrawn in 2000 and the membership took over responsibility for maintenance of the green.
On 16th June 2001 the extended club pavilion was officially opened by the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Ron Bellinger, and in 2002 the club formed the Short Mat Section.
The bowling green, clubhouse and surrounding area is now leased to Purbrook Heath Bowling Club which is financially responsible for its maintenance. The club is a registered charity and sponsored by 8Wealth Management.