Marden is situated in the Weald of Kent just eight miles south of Maidstone on the B2079 and on the main line rail route from Ashford to London.
The Bowls Club was founded in 1971 on land acquired by Marden Village Club (formerly Marden Working Men’s Club) and started life as a four rink green. During the next few years more land was acquired and another two rinks were added with the work undertaken by the club members. Changing facilities comprised of small wooden sheds and there was no electricity and the green equipment probably consisted of a mower and perhaps a knapsack sprayer. It is therefore fair to say that the green was probably not one of the best around, but typical of a small village club.
Improvements to the green started to take place in the early nineties after members attended some green keeping courses and followed by visits from a professional to give us valuable advice. With club funds improving more equipment could be purchased and gradually after years of dedicated work on the green it started to become one of the better greens in the area.
Unfortunately the club was still not able to improve its changing facilities due to lack of land, but suddenly after exploring many avenues enough land was acquired to allow the planning for a modern brick built clubhouse. With valuable assistance a grant from the newly introduced National Lottery and members loans enough money was raised to allow the building to be completed and opened in August 1998.
From that time the club has not looked back and Marden is a popular venue for county competitions and matches and we are proud to have hosted the Kent County Bowling Association Finals Day three times since 2005.
The clubhouse now has a small bar and catering facilities so that all after match entertainment can take place on site, and the green is maintained with voluntary help from the members.
The club has a very full summer fixture list with teams competing in the Weald of Kent League, the Maidstone & District League, the Maidstone Triples League and the Millennium League with friendly fixtures on most week ends. During the winter months the clubhouse is transformed into a short mat bowls facility with two mats and friendly fixtures are arranged with other local clubs.
As with most clubs we need new members and would welcome anyone especially from the village joining this thriving club. We are located in the centre of the village near to the green grocers shop on the junction of Howland Road and Albion Road, with access to the club via the driveway of Bowling Green Cottage.