Are you BORED?

Do you need to get out more?

As the winter comes to an end many people are desperate to get outside and enjoy the improving weather.

Yes, you could go for a walk, but wouldn’t it be nice if, as well as that, you could have some fun and make new friends.

Have you considered playing Lawn Bowls?

NO, it’s not a boring game

NO, it’s not just for ‘old fogies’

This is a game that can be played by all ages. It gets its ‘senior’ reputation mainly from the fact that most games are played during the day when younger folks might be working.

Anyone who is available to play a couple of afternoons per week is welcome. You may be retired or semi-retired or you may be working and doing shift work. Men and women are both welcome and we have a good mix of players of both sexes with a wide range of ages.

It’s kept informal and players wear casual clothes such as jeans and shorts. The only requirement is to wear FLAT shoes, so that you do not damage the green.

The Oswestry Bowling Club meets for friendly games at the bowling green in Cae Glas Park near the centre of Oswestry on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and welcomes new members.

 In essence, the game is simple. A small yellow ball is rolled across the green. That is called the ’Jack’. All you have to do is aim to get your own bowls closest to that Jack.

“That’s all”, you say!

“That sounds SIMPLE”

It takes just minutes to learn but much longer to get really good. Several of the members of Oswestry Bowling Club say they are still waiting for that time to come!

Not a game for ‘OLD FOGIES’!

If you have never played the game before you may find it useful that the club offers free lessons to help new members.

You don’t have to own your own bowls (or woods, as they are also called), you can borrow some until you decide if this is a sport you would like to continue.

The Oswestry Bowling Club is a non-league club.

The advantage of this is that they just play ‘social bowling’ for pleasure.

As they are not in a league, you don’t have to make a commitment to play every session. You will not be letting team mates down by not being available.

To ensure that the best players cannot form a team to beat the weakest or less experienced players each time, numbers are chosen from a bag which determines who you are playing with and against.

Normally, four games are played each afternoon, with the players changing for each game.

In order to add a small amount of competitiveness, players pay £1 per session to try to win the prize for the highest score of the day. As new players may be paired with experienced players, even they can win a prize.

One of the more experienced members, Judy Bristoll, jokes that this is her ‘supplementary pension’. However, as the prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are only £3, £2 and £1, it’s more a bit of fun. The club’s annual subscription is less than £1 a session for the season.

If you are in the park on a Tuesday or Thursday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm from April to the end of September, why not have a look and see if you might enjoy playing this game.

Club officials will always be on hand to chat to you. Why not come and have a try?

Please speak with us on the green or CONTACT our club secretary, Brian Savage, on 0780 391 5618