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Meigle Bowling Green Pavilion

Meigle Bowling Club Pavilion 2020.  Photo by Campbell Napier, Meigle

Meigle Bowling Green

Meigle Bowling Club 1897

Pavilion before work  began in 2019

Pavilion in the early years of the club.

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History

The Old Pavilion at Meigle Bowling Green is both culturally and architecturally significant to the community of Meigle. It is a really rare example of a decorative timber bowling pavilion with little external or internal alteration. Dating from 1897, it overlooks the bowling green in the centre of Meigle village.
The decorative round-arched windows and the red ridge tiles add to the character of the building. Internally, the building is mostly original, with a timber lining and traditional benches and storage racks.
Meigle Bowling Club, founded in 1896, was a happy and very successful bowling club in the Scottish leagues, however due to an aging and dwindling membership sadly it ceased in 2014. 
Lawn bowls has a long and distinguished history in Scotland, with the earliest reference to the game in Scotland appearing in 1469, when James IV played a variation of the game referred to as 'lang bowlis' at St Andrews in Fife.
The Old Pavilion was at the heart of the community in Meigle, with a thriving village bowling club. However, as  rural economies declined and people moved away from the villages, the membership of the club declined and the building sadly began to fall into disrepair.  

Both the pavilion building and the Bowling Green site continue to be  cherished by the local community. Returning the building to its 'glory days' and repurposing the site to meet the needs of the community now will grow local pride in the community's local history and culture.

Meigle and Ardler Community Development Trust took ownership of the building and green in 2023, with the goal of restoring the building and repurposing the whole site to become a hub for community use. 

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Survey

We've created a survey for you to have your say on how you would like the Bowling Green site and the Old Pavilion to be renovated and used.
Please click the link below to open the survey. We really value your input!

Meigle Bowling Green survey

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Updates
This section will contain news and updates as the Bowling Green project progresses.

14th April 2024
 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to participate in our Old Meigle Pavilion and Bowling Green Survey. We had a great response in the seven weeks that it ran for.

A massive thank you to Flour Coffee Shop & Deli The Joinery Coffee Shop and Kinloch Arms Hotel for supporting us with this. We couldn't have done it without you!

We'll now collate the feedback (alongside the feedback we get from the children at Meigle Primary School) and identify any key themes - please watch this space. This is the first round of engagement, and will be fed into the viability surveys we hope to have funding to complete later this year.

We plan to undertake a second round of engagement, once the viability surveys have been completed, to give the people the chance to feedback on proposed ideas (based on community and viability survey results).

MACDT is a charity and run by volunteers, therefore we have to balance wanting to be able to reach absolutely everyone in the community with the time and money needed to do this. So your help is really important to us in spreading the word.

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