Taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Bowls England is launching its 'Bowls Big Weekend,' when affiliated clubs can organise events to promote outdoor bowls.
It is a very doable sport and neither age nor gender has any impact on your ability to play. It really is a great way to relax, keep fit and make new friends.
As part of this campaign Keynsham Bowls Club will be holding a 'come and try' day on Sunday 30th May.
There will be two one hour sessions in the morning at 10.00 and 11.00 am with two more in the afternoon, commencing at 2.00 and 3.00 pm. These will offer a chance for anyone, on their own, or with family or friends to come along and give bowls a try.
Anyone interested can book a place at any of these times by making contact with the Club Secretary David Hockney by way of e mail at email@example.com or on his mobile at 07787 968874.
As our photograph shows the green in Keynsham Park is looking in good shape as members of Keynsham Bowls Club prepare for what they hope will be a full season of bowling.
A provisional fixture list has been prepared that covers the leagues in which the club takes part. The ladies field one team in each of the North Somerset and also Mendip leagues in addition to playing a number of friendlies.
The men field three teams in the Thursday evening Bristol and District league and also the Saturday afternoon North Somerset league as well as a team in the Friday Triples league plus weekly friendlies.
Ladies and gents then combine to play in the weekly Somerset Mixed League on a Friday evening. In addition, teams, both ladies and gents, compete in the various inter club competitions and everyone is welcome to come along to club night on a Monday evening to take part in a social rollup.
Due to the quality of the green the club is regularly asked to host County matches and this year is no exception.
In June there will be a ladies fixture between Somerset and Worcester followed in August by a mens fixture between Somerset and Middlesex. Whilst all this is happening members compete against each other in the various cup competitions in the hope of winning a place at Finals Day at the end of the season.
In addition to playing bowls club members also enjoy a varied social programme. In July there will be the Annual BBQ which will raise funds for the Ladies and Gents Captains charity which this year is Parkinson UK. At this event entertainment will be provided by an electric violinist called Lizz Lipscombe playing everything from classic to pop.
Then in December members can let their hair down at the Christmas Party with entertainment by the Duo the Two of Clubs. Also throughout the winter season there are monthly events such as quizzes and curry evening plus the regular monthly coffee morning.
You certainly get value for money if you are a member of Keynsham Bowls Club!
Just as a butterfly slowly
emerges from it's chrysalis, members of Keynsham Bowling Club are starting to
bid a farewell to lockdown and get back to playing the game they love.
At the start of June the Government lifted the lockdown on external sports and members were able to return to the green in Keynsham Park and play subject to strict controls.
A friendly roll up was all that was allowed and that was by way of pre booking a green with only twelve members on site at any time with just three greens being used. In addition all buildings were closed apart from the toilets.
As we moved into July restrictions were eased and the Executive Committee decided to respond accordingly. Members were asked if they wanted to participate in singles and pairs competitions over the next couple of months and 24 players are taking part in each one. Strict time limits have been placed on each game and if the designated number of ends have not been played at the end of 90 minutes, the winners will be decided based on the number of shots scored at the end of the time slot.
The clubhouse will be open together with the bar allowing participants to have a drink at the end of the game with social distancing being observed.
Only 30 members will be allowed on site at any given time covering both the green and the clubhouse.
At least the introduction of these two competitions gives members the chance of playing against each other as all of the leagues that both ladies and gentlemen play in have been cancelled for the season.
At the time of writing we should have enjoyed our annual BBQ which is arranged each year by the Social Committee in aid of the Captains' chosen charities, which this year would have been Parkinsons UK. The Committee would normally be planning monthly social events for the winter months ahead but this is very difficult in such uncertain times.
However the majority of our members do belong to a generation where optimism for the future is the order of the day. In the words of the late Vera Lynn recently echoed by the Queen in her televised address 'we will meet again'.