Houghton Bowls Club came into being in the summer of 1987, when a small group of villagers obtained permission from the village hall trustees to take over a former tennis court and convert it into a bowls rink. Play began the following year and the rink was formally opened for the club's first full season on 22nd April 1989. All the work was done by local volunteers who created an excellent playing surface with space for four full length rinks. The same philosophy holds good to this day when most of the routine work is done by club members. A professional green keeper is contracted to advise and perform heavy jobs that need specialist equipment. This all serves to keep subscriptions low and foster club spirit.

The club does not compete in leagues, but we have a full programme of friendly matches throughout the summer season against other local clubs. We also run internal competitions for singles and mixed doubles.

We use the village hall in lieu of a club house and many members also continue their conversations in the nearby Black Horse Inn. The club currently has about 30 members and is actively looking to increase its membership. Tuition and loan equipment is available for beginners. 

At the end of June each year we enjoy our annual weekend together in Norfolk where we play matches against Cromer Maram and Hunstanton Cliff Top clubs. More adventurous members have enjoyed bowling holidays together in Tenerife and Torremolinos