A Sport For All
It is not uncommon to read in the newspapers, or hear on TV or radio, that the medical profession would like to see everyone, from youngsters to grandparents, walk more and take more exercise to assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and help to prevent some common illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
One way of accomplishing the exercise element is to become involved in sporting activities.
All very well, you might say, but what sport is there that caters for ALL members of a family, can be played locally and is not prohibitively expensive.
One sport that meets the criteria is CROWN GREEN BOWLING.
This is a sporting activity that is commonly believed to be an ‘old persons’ sport but in fact is open to all ages and many clubs in the Crewe/Stoke-on-Trent areas have teenagers (and even younger) playing for them.
Your local club is the Bowls Section of the Haslington Cricket Club and currently has a membership of about 60 members and is actively trying to recruit new members, particularly of a younger variety. ALL are invited to join, the only criteria for membership is that you can walk unaided and you can hold and bowl a ‘wood’ (bowl) varying in weight from 2 – 3 lbs.
There are no dress restrictions (jeans and tee shirts are acceptable) only that flat-soled shoes must be worn.
The bowling season runs from early April to late September and league games are played in all weathers – yes from time to time we do get wet (and cold). If you think that you might be interested but would like to try it out first, we offer trial sessions – we will provide bowls, etc. you just provide flat-soled shoes/trainers.
If you would like more information please contact the club chairman – Dudley Hughes on 01270 617379 or the club secretary – John Hudson on 01270 763058 – or fill in the ‘Contact Us’ form on the web site at www.jahudson.net/bowlsclub.
Secretary Haslington CC –Bowls Section
(Pictured above are Brian and Dorothy, last year’s winner and runner up of the Phylis Timmins Cup competition)