A lot of work has gone into getting the club ready for opening; the biggest job being preparation of the greens. In 2014 the main story was the damage caused to the greens by the ice storm of the previous winter. On opening day last year the greens had many bare patches. Thankfully the club has not had that problem this year. There have been some brownish patches caused by snow mould but these are gradually filling in.
Last season, for the first time, the club did not use any chemicals on the greens but used only natural products. It will take time for this new approach to yield dividends but great credit goes to Ralph Stoffers and Mike Hendren for the fact that the greens are in such good condition (and not slow!) as the club approaches opening day.
On Saturday May 2nd members tackled the annual clean-up day to ensure the clubhouse is spick and span and ready for opening. It’s not easy to maintain and keep clean a building that is 90 years old and used seasonably but members did a great job.
On May 16th the club is holding an Open House from 10.00 until 16.00. This is an ideal opportunity for people to just drop in to the club, find out about the sport and to “Give it a Try”
On May 18th (Victoria Day) the club will hold the first open tournament of the season, an open fours, and visitors are welcome to watch what should be some excellent bowling. A further eight open tournaments plus two junior open tournaments will be held during the season. Additionally there will be nine in club tournaments.
In addition to the May 16th open house there will be opportunities to try the sport during June. Every Wednesday evening in June the club offers free beginner lessons from 7.00 pm onwards.
The basics of lawn bowling can easily be learnt by people of any age. It does not require physical strength and is one of the few sports in which men and women and boys and girls can compete together on an equal basis. As such it is a sport for all the family. You will mostly see bowlers delivering their bowl from a crouched position but, as with curling, recent developments allow the bowl to be delivered from an upright position with the aid of a delivery stick.
Lawn bowls can be enjoyed as a social sport or, once the basics have been mastered, as a more competitive sport. Players can get whatever they want out of the sport. Contact or visit the club for more information.