Being an indoor club we are privileged to have an enormous, 7 rink, all weather bowling green. The new carpet was fitted in September 2016 and runs beautifully. We also have an advanced heating and air-conditioning unit, to make bowling throughout the year comfortable for the players. The rinks are used for everything from roll ups and drives to National competitions.
We have a variety of bowls types and sizes available to borrow free of charge. This can be very helpful for new bowlers and for those considering trying bowls that take a different line. We also have shoes available to borrow for free.
Our 5 star food hygiene rated cafe is open during the Winter for the following hours:
Monday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 2:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday 9:00am - 2:30pm
The cafe serves a range of hot drinks and snacks, as well as a variety of hot and cold meals and specials. On busy days it is recommended you order your food an hour in advance for a quick service at lunch time.
The club bar, based in the main area, serves a variety of soft and alcoholic drinks. It is open from 11:00am until club close from Monday to Saturday, and 12:00pm until club close on Sunday. Being a private bowls club, we benefit from very reasonable club prices!
Inside the club, next to reception, you will find our bowls shop. We stock many bowls essentials from spray chalks to gloves, as well as woods and clothing. We also sell our club wear, available for members, and the shop offers a 10% discount to all members of the Jacks Centre. Non-members are very welcome to visit our shop, the friendly staff will be able to assist with your needs and can always help if you can't find what you're looking for.
The Jacks Centre prides itself on it's facilities for bowlers of all ages and abilities. For those who have a disability, we are easily able to accommodate for your needs. Access to the building and throughout is possible by wheelchair, we also have ramps to allow access to the bowls rink and wheelchairs to borrow for use on the green. We have two disabled toilets, one for men and one for women. FODBEC (Friends of Disabled Bowlers - Essex Centre) come to the Jacks Centre once a month for a roll up. If you are interested in taking up the sport but are unsure of how to get started due to a disability, we highly recommend contacting FODBEC. We also facilitate PHIBS on Thursday mornings. Alternatively, please give us a ring on 01621 742051 and we can assist you.
Here at the Jacks Centre, we have a fantastic function room available for events both in house and to hire for members of the public. Club members benefit from a 10% discount on the cost hiring the hall, which has a well stocked bar, a stage and the use of a variety of chairs and tables. Catering is also available at an additional cost.
We have toilets facilities for both men and women, along with two disabled toilets, one for men and one for ladies. These facilities can be accessed both for club members and visitors and attendees of functions.
The Jacks Centre has both male and female changing rooms. For gentlemen, we have two changing rooms which are separated for home and away players. For the ladies we have a large changing room for all women both members and visiting, which connects to the ladies toilets. All three changing rooms have lockers available for club members to rent at a cost of £5.00 per year.