Tipperlinn Bowling Club officially opened in 1972 but the bowling facility started much earlier in 1962 when the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (REH) in Morningside decided to provide a long term recreational facility for the benefi t of patients and staff. The work of building the bowling green and adjacent pavilion was carried out by patients and staff in the hospital. It was a long and arduous task but well worth it in the end
In the beginning, patients and nursing staff spent many great hours bowling and more people from outside the hospital started to come along. On becoming Tipperlinn BC there was a full membership of 150 men and 55 ladies. However the bowling facility was always, and is still, available to patients and staff of the hospital. In 1987, the club procured sponsorship to build an extension (larger bar and hall), allowing the club to hold social events and provide more comfortable surroundings for members and guests. However, more recently, the REH has been considering various expansion plans, any of which, if approved and progressed, would result in the closure of the Bowling Green and Clubhouse. This ongoing threat has left us in an unsure position, resulting in many of our members leaving to join other clubs. To date, none of these plans have come to fruition.
We are actively looking to encourage people to come and join us. The Ladies and the Gents play in their respective local leagues, various offi cial competitions and enjoy healthy interclub games. There are also games which involve visiting other clubs and meeting lots of new people. We continue to promote the social aspects of bowls and have a yearly friendly with Markinch Bowling Club where the bowling match is followed by a night of entertainment and good friendship. The bowling club is situated in a quiet corner in the Hospital grounds, surrounded by trees and hedging and dare we say wild life, or at least rabbits! There are also several parking spaces.
On Friday mornings during the summer we welcome people from the University of the 3rd Age who come along to mix and enjoy a game of bowls. Bowling is a relatively easy going exercise and can be played and enjoyed at every level.
As a fairly young club, compared to other bowling clubs, we have enjoyed many successes across all sections, having many representatives at the Scottish National finals in Ayr. Our current Secretary, Shona Johnstone, is currently flying the Tipperlinn flag throughout the bowling circles by winning many prestigious trophies
and has just been selected to play for the Ladies Scottish International team.
Tipperlinn Bowling Club,
23 Tipperlinn Road,
Edinburgh, EH10 5HF,
Tel: 0131 447 8648