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 North Toronto Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club
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NTLBCC welcome’s you to our club at Lytton Park & Alexandria Blvd (east of Avenue Road, south of Lawrence Ave)






If you’ve ever thought you might like to try either of these challenging sports, please call us.


for Lawn Bowling call:


Claire McGeachie                              or:               Les James

416-483-6338                                                         905-881-6165



for Croquet contact:


Paul Emmett                                    or :              Mary Sutton

416-225-7535                                                         416-483-9885                          



PRIVATE OR CORPORATE EVENTS can be organized to play Golf Croquet.
Please contact Paul Emmett.



Membership fees for 2010 are only $150 per year, for Bowling or Croquet or both!  Plus $15 for locker rental. Compare that with other sports! New members joining after August 1st may play for the rest of the season for $75.  Visiting players are charged $20 per day, except for tournaments.


Players are required to wear smooth soled shoes, white preferably, in order to preserve the surface of the greens.
While white clothes are optional for practice matches, they are required for tournament matches.  Until you decide to become a member, club bowls may be used for a while, then you will be advised on what sort of bowls you should buy.  For Croquet a mallet will be lent you for a little while. The club provides other equipment.


The object of the game is to get more of your team’s bowls near the little white ball (the Jack) than your opponents do. The game can be played singles (one against one), doubles, triples, or rinks, (four players on each team).  In each game the number of bowls used per player varies. For singles and pairs, use four bowls, for triples use three bowls and for rinks use two.  
There are published rules and a tradition of polite etiquette is observed.  Skill, Technique and Experience separate the average player from the expert, but the game can be played with enjoyment with all levels of experience at the same time.  
A game lasts about two hours and consists of a pre-determined number of “ends” from one end of the green to the other by all players.  The green or playing field is usually close-cut grass measuring 37-40 metres in each direction.  Seven or eight games can be played on one green at the same time.  Books on rules, tactics and technique can be obtained
A team consists of a Skip (or Captain), a Vice and a Lead, who delivers the first bowl.  In a team of four a Second is included. After a while you may need a tape to measure the distance between bowls.


The Croquet players and the Bowlers share the club’s two greens, separate playing days and times are scheduled and will appear in our Year Book which is published about April each year.  We usually start in mid-May.

For 2010, bowlers are playing at 7:30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and 1:30pm on Sundays.

Croquet players usually play at 10:00am on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Inter-club tournaments are scheduled for both sports throughout the year, either “at home” or “away”.  

Opening Day is a Saturday in mid-May plus lunch and maybe a game.  Closing Day is a Saturday in October with lunch and maybe a game.  Later an Annual General Meeting is held on a Saturday in October plus a “clean-up” day next week to prepare the clubhouse and grounds for winter.  There is usually a dinner for each section at a restaurant in November.



In 1912 North Toronto was a small town on the outskirts of the City of Toronto. One of the areas laid out for the building of houses was called Alexandra Park. Edward B Stockdale, a member of a firm interested in developing Alexandra Park, was an ardent and public-spirited lawn bowler. He laid down the original green and built a small clubhouse on his property on the site of the present north green.
This came to the notice of some of the congregation of the local Presbyterian Church. One of these gentlemen was Tom Kilgore, the first resident of Alexandra Gardens. The group asked Stockdale for bowling privileges.
Stockdale and others eventually set up a corporation under the name of the North Toronto Lawn Bowling Club. Its purpose was listed as the promotion of lawn bowling, curling, skating, tennis, racquets and other winter and summer amusements. The property was leased from Stockdale and the annual lawn bowling fee was set at $5.00 and membership was limited to 75.
Lady bowlers appeared in 1915 and they were permitted two afternoons of bowling per week for an annual fee of $1.00
In 1919 a subsidiary tennis club was formed and was loosely associated with the bowling club until 1964 when the two clubs went their separate ways.
In 1932 the present clubhouse was built and in 1971 a building was erected to store tools and other equipment. In 1996 a permanent canopy with a lattice back wall was built, joining the two buildings.
It was not until 1925 that the Ladies Section was mentioned in the Year Book. It is impossible to evaluate the contribution that the ladies have made over the years to the facilities and equipment enjoyed by the club as a whole. In 1987 the Men’s and Ladies sections of the club were amalgamated and a combined executive has existed from that time.
In 1997 the club was approached by a group of avid croquet players wishing to bring their sport to our greens. The bowlers at the AGM voted unanimously to accept the croquet players and so 1998 saw what is hoped will be the first of many generations of croquet players to use our greens, and the name of the club was formally changed.
We are a close-knit, friendly group as opposed to larger clubs, permitting more members to take part in inter-club competitions than would be the case in larger clubs.