Give bowls a try
BOWLS clubs are inviting people to come along and try the game this month.
Greenbank Bowling Club and Begbrook Green Bowling Club are both welcoming anyone, of any age, who would like to try out the sport.
First to open its doors is Greenbank Bowling Club, which is holding a series of open days every day from Saturday May 7 to Friday May 13, from 10am-1pm.
People of all ages are welcome and for those who are not free for any of those dates, club captain Graham Godfrey can arrange a visit or introductory session.
The club, which is based off Gordon Road in Whitehall, was founded in 1926 and has an "outstanding" six rink bowling green as well as a clubhouse with licensed bar, kitchen and lounge, with on-site parking.
It runs men's, women's and mixed teams, playing friendly and league games.
Graham said: "Older people are living longer than ever and are healthier than ever but bowls clubs have been suffering form a lack of members."
For more information on the club call Graham on 0117 965 7822 or visit bristolgreenbankbowlingclub.com.
Later in the month Begbrook Green Bowling Club will open its doors for two free open days, from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, as part of the Bowls Big Fun Weekend taking place nationally.
The club in Frenchay Park Road, alongside Begbrook Park and Stapleton & Begbrook Social Club, is encouraging people to come along and give bowls a try.
Ken Maynard, from the club said: "All you need is a flat pair of shoes and we’ll provide the rest.
"Bowls is truly a sport for all: whether you are young, or young at heart, there is no age barrier.
"It is a very social activity, which only takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master.
"As well as providing an essential social lifeline, it is a good means of exercise but most important of all, it’s great fun."
More information is available at the club's website, begbrookgreenbc.org.uk, and Facebook page.
Anyone who would like to register their interest or book a session should call Jane Warburton on 07712 315981 or email email@example.com.
People can also register via the Bowls England website at bowlsbigweekend.com/register/.
Once on the website, click on 'Find your nearest club'.