We’ve almost completed a week of the new season! It’s been lovely to see, feel and experience the buzz of a full and happy club again.
“Welcome back” to the summer outdoor bowlers and a warm welcome to all our new members (I’m pleased to say that there are quite a few).
Not all of the newcomers are new to bowling but some are. I trust that whichever category they fall into, they will get the usual friendly, warm and inclusive greeting from whomever they meet or play with or against.
We are very fortunate to have a number of coaches in the club. Keep an eye open on the coaches’ notice board outside the ladies’ loos and in the subsequent newsletters since I will be publishing dates when you can book a session on a Thursday afternoon 1.30-3.00.
These sessions are not only for new bowlers. In addition, they are for outdoor bowlers who need help transferring over to indoor and for anyone who feels they need extra help with a particular part of their play.
The format will be varied dependent upon your needs. Some bowlers may need tuition in a small group or as an individual. Others may like to play a game with the coaches alongside to offer help where required.
Another thing you need to keep your eye open for is a list to sign up for the first quiz on 16th October. This is different from what we’ve done in the past.
This should help with the buffet midway so that there is both sufficient food and a minimum of waste (our “green” contribution). Hopefully people from the nearby houses who usually come will read this newsletter and therefore be aware of the change. As in the past, it is a maximum of six in a team with the usual raffle at half-time.
While on the subject of lists, from now on, different lists for various things will be appearing. Keep checking all the notice boards and sign up where appropriate. Game practice is one of the best ways to learn, improve and gain experience.
At the beginning of October, seventeen of us are going down to Potters to play in a mid-week tournament. There you come across many different abilities from holiday-makers having a “go” to national winners. It’s great fun and a wonderful experience to be playing where World Bowls is played, admittedly not on the portable rink!
However, Greg Harlow is the Bowls Ambassador so you do rub shoulders with him. He’s very approachable and chatty as are all of the Potters staff (I’m not being paid for this endorsement, by the way)!
I think there’s nothing more I need to add except to say again how lovely it is to have our club back to normal and busy. Playing bowls is great but the social contact is even more important.
How we all appreciate it now after several gruelling lockdowns! No more, I hope!
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