Plume of Feathers Bowling Club

New members always welcome

For details email:-

See new photo 'Two younsters enjoying their bowls'


Two youngsters enjoying their bowls.

                               Les Skelding 101 years young with Stan Brassington only 91 years old.

                                          Les plays for Pittshill BC and Stans plays for the Plume of Feathers BC.

                                                           There's no age limit to bowls, get them woods polished.


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  Welcome to Barlaston Plume of Feathers Bowling Club

                     For membership details ask any member at the Club, telephone our secretary

                                                       or email            



                                        Welcome to our new site, some changes but the links to all the leagues

                                                                             leagues are still available. 

                           We are still looking at making a new website, if you can help please let us know


                                        This season we will be playing two teams in the Saturday parks league. 

           Following recent Parks AGM meeting. Saturday parks team will now consist of 8 players.

                                         Thursday parks team stays the same at 10 players.

                                                 CLUB SWEATERS AND POLO SHIRTS

If you need a new sweater, polo shirt or any item of clothing with the club logo on 

please speak to Brenda Hewitt or Janet Carnell and they will give you the details. 

There is a catalogue in the clubhouse showing all the items available along with the sizes. 

There is also a notice on the board outside.


It seems that quite a number of clubs & bowlers believe a new rule came into force that if the 1st bowler bowls the jack and they do not think they have set a mark ie:- not 19 metres, that they are entitled to retrieve the jack and once more try to set a mark. THEY ARE WRONG, BY ADMITTING THEY  DO NOT THINK THEY HAVE SET A MARK THEY CAN PICK THE JACK UP, BUT MUST HAND IT TO THEIR OPPONENT TO TRY AND SET A MARK FOR YOU. I HAVE BEEN A DELEGATE TO THE B.C.G.B.A. FOR OVER 34 YEARS AND HAVE ATTENDING ANNUALLY  FOR THAT PERIOD THE RULES REVISION MEETINGS OF THE B.C.G.B.A. AND AT NO TIME HAS THEIR BEEN A RULE TO CHANGE.



                                                               LATEST ON THE PARKING

                     No change we still need to continue to use the permits as last season 

                     with a maximum of five cars using the carpark at any one time.



Would members please forward their email addresses to:- 




Our Club


         Welcome to Barlaston a beautiful and historic Staffordshire village. There was certainly a village here before the time of the Norman Conquest – indeed a Pagan Anglo Saxon grave about 600AD has been discovered. The Normans recorded the village as BERNULVESTONE. Today’s visitors know Barlaston as the gateway to the National Trust ‘Downs Banks’ It is home of Wedgwood and hosts scenes like multi-coloured narrow boats on the Trent and Mersey can and  traditional sports like Crown Green bowls.      
Parish records show there was a bowling green here as long ago as 1737.

Barlaston Plume of Feathers Bowling Club, the oldest current club by several decades was established in 1926. Villagers constructed the green on land belonging to the clubs first President, the village butcher. Originally the Plume of Feathers was a coaching Inn by the canal bridge and the green was fronted by a tearoom enabling folk to play, rest and view the bowling. The land was sold to the Bents Brewery, the old coaching Inn was demolished and a ‘new’ Plume of Feathers was erected on its present site
replacing the tearooms. During the 1950’s the Plume was sold to Bass Brewery and eventually to Punch Taverns. 

         The Bowling Club continued bowling throughout the years including the war. At one time Punch Taverns closed down and boarded up the Plume for a couple of years yet the bowlers continued to field league teams and casual bowling. A trying period wondering if the Plume would ever open again. Happily the Plume was refurbished and re-opened again in 2002 but no development plans, improvement or funding was available for the Bowling Club or its surrounds. The Club took the decision to underline their independence by seeking and signing a formal lease finally on 4th June 2003. Since then the Bowling Club by their own hard work, fundraising and a little grant aid have continued to improve the green and surroundings to a high standard so that bowlers of all ages and both sexes can play in comfort and visitors enjoy the park like environment. Families continue to bowl together. We have 9 year olds upwards, probably a record was held by Keith Banks who was a continuous member for 66 years,

The Club has acted as a catalyst for local bowling and will always do so and clubs help each other out. When Meaford Power station closed down the loss to employees and villagers included the loss of an excellent Social club and bowling club and green. The two Meaford teams wished to keep the name and happy traditions alive and moved to our club at the Plume where to it is today. They still play as Meaford A in the Industries League. Ironically a few years later some of the Plume club members were able to arrange the resurrection of the old Meaford Club and so they left to form a new club now called the Barlaston Bowling and Tennis Club.      
Barlaston Plume of Feathers Bowling Club will continue to thrive as a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and will continue as it has always done to cater for bowling at all levels. We have several successful league teams for gentlemen, ladies, mixed teams and juniors. Many bowlers just prefer to bowl socially and new members will be always made welcome whether
experienced, social, total beginners or juniors. 

All are welcome. 


Peter J Nichols        


Ron Kelsall



  • 27/03/2019 07:00 PM
  • Trentham Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Pre season Carvery Please let Ron or Jenny know if you will be attending. Date confirmed.

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  • 23/09/2018 02:00 PM
  • Station Road, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9DH, UK

The Presidents day competition was held with a 'round robin' knock out. The final was won by Ron Kelsall who just beat Stan Brassington.

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  • Station Road, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  • ST12 9DH



The Club enters its 93rd recorded year with encouragement from its continuing successes last season, this success reflects the tradition of Crown Green bowling in our Club and village. Folk of all ages and both sexes are afforded the opportunity to engage in a sport and social activity for most of their lives. The Club has always provided for both first class competitive bowling in several leagues and also for social bowling, over the years alongside senior and junior County representatives, as many members have just enjoyed playing with friends socially. A truly family sport and a Club where grandparents, parents, husbands and wives, brothers, sisters and offspring and friends all continue to play together. Ironic that it was not until 1941 that ladies were first invited to become members of our Club that last season both teams did really well. Our ladies have always been stalwart supporters and captains and we feature two teams in the Ladies League.

We have a new President this year and welcome Elaine Philpott to this position and wish her all the best.

Sadly during the 2018 season we lost Peter Nichols who over the years devoted a lot of his time and effort to help our club. He helped hugely when the club needed grants to carry out improvement work and was involved with the new lease. He was a past President and over the years held most positions in the clubs committee's. Even during periods of ill health he still tried to continue with his bowling , both league and social. He will be sadly missed by everyone at the club.

We still try to encourage social and beginners bowling on Friday afternoons and the Clubs policy of reduced fees for both non members and social bowlers has proved successful.

Besides all this the Club, who were playing when the Plume of Feathers was still a Coach House on a different site, welcomes the current refurbishment and development and wishes the new landlords every success.

New members either experienced or novice bowlers are most welcome to join and spectators can enjoy sitting and watching matches perhaps supping a tincture, an ancient tradition the Club continues to provide in Barlaston. During the season we run two teams in several leagues which means generally three evening matches and three afternoon matches are on view each week. Enquiries can be made to Club Secretary Ron Kelsall on 07760243280 or email to

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