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Press Release - Sunday 6 November, 2011. Mike Poole

Welwyn and District Bowls Club member Mike Poole got rather more than he was expecting when he went to the Annual County Presentation Dinner at Letchworth recently. Mike, together with a few of his colleagues from the club, was expecting to collect the County South league trophy, and the runners up trophy for the County League finals. But an unexpected bonus came in the form of a Certificate of Merit presentation from the Bowls England President Joan Balding of Lincolnshire, who was the guest of honour at the dinner.
Speaking of Mike she said “In 2009 Bowls England introduced the ‘Certificate of Merit’ to duly recognise our sport’s ‘unsung heroes’ – for example the Secretaries, Treasurers and Green Keepers who work tirelessly to enable us all to enjoy our game of bowls.
In the first two years Bowls England has been delighted to present the award to 17 members for their work at club and county level and I am delighted to announce that I have pleasure today of presenting this prestigious award to one of your members here today.
As his nomination states, today’s recipient truly fits the bill of ‘unsung hero’ – working in the background for the good of the sport.
His nomination reads like a ‘who’s who’ of volunteering at club and county level – clubhouse bar, green keeping, recruitment, child protection, selection – the list is endless.
He also works vigorously as Membership Secretary of the Friends of English Bowling and in that position has led the drive for new members over the past three years.
It, therefore, gives me great pleasure to call forward Mike Poole from Welwyn & District Bowls Club to receive the Bowls England ‘Certificate of Merit’ and an engraved medal.”
Welwyn and District Bowls Club are very proud to have Mike as a member and offer him their sincere congratulations on this award.

Press Release - Sunday 25 September, 2011. Club Finals

Welwyn and District Bowls Club brought their season to a fitting climax with the finals of the Club Competitions, held on Saturday and Sunday.
Most encouraging was the presence of several new bowlers, who had joined earlier in the season after our recruiting drive. Most impressive was Pat Thompson, new to bowls this year, who was on the winning side in two finals; firstly in the "Orton Trophy" where she partnered Barry Smith, and secondly in the Ladies Pairs where she was paired with Mary Clements as a result of Doris Atkins having to withdraw. Also in the Ladies Pairs final and playing with Diana Barrett was our youngest lady bowler, Breanne Cook, also a newcomer to the club. For the men, Peter Townsend, new to bowls this year, lost to John Lee in the final of the "Second Chance" but had done very well to reach the final. Gus Edwards, a new bowler last year, won the "Dansie Cup" against Sam Smith in a tie break.
With so many new bowlers appearing in the finals the future is looking good for Welwyn and District. Full results can be found on the Club's web site at

Press Release - Sunday 18 September, 2011. Club League Finals

For the third year in succession Welwyn and District Bowlers travelled to Garston Bowls Club (Watford) to represent County South in the County Club League finals.
The morning session of semi finals saw Roebuck (County North) drawn against Buntingford (County East) and Welwyn and District drawn against Bushey (County West).
The Buntingford/Roebuck game was very close, with Roebuck emerging as winners by one shot, whilst Welwyn and District emerged as more convincing winners against Bushey despite the large and very vocal group of Bushey supporters congregated at the end of the rink.
Garston B.C. members then provide a very satisfying lunch (roast beef with the usual trimmings, apple pie, cheese and biscuits) after which Welwyn and Roebuck bowlers took to the green again to contest the final.
Two tears ago the same two clubs had contested a rather contentious final which Roebuck won. This year the game was played in a much better spirit, but again Roebuck emerged as winners.

Press Release - Sunday 11 September, 2011.

After the last two weeks of team success it was time for individual Welwyn and District bowlers to shine, this week.
In the St.Albans and District Finals, Mike Poole and Phil Russell picked up the "Herts Advertiser" Pairs Trophy, and later in the day Mike won the "Steve Howe" Officer's Singles Trophy. Welwyn and District's John Lee is President of the St.Albans Association this year, and so the finals were held at the Welwyn and District's green.
On a lighter note the club has as usual at this time of the year played host to the Barnett Blind, and the local branch of Parkinson's UK. Unfortunately the rain fell the day that the blind bowlers were with us, but they still braved the weather and had an enjoyable day. For the Parkinson's event the weather was much kinder and once lunch was over the green was full of Parkinson's sufferers and their carers.

Press Release - Sunday 4 September, 2011

The Southern section of the County League reached a conclusion at the play-offs on Sunday. The morning session saw Harpenden beating Hatfield in a rather one sided match. On the other side of the green Welwyn and District played old rivals Townsend St. Albans, and emerged the winners.
After an excellent lunch (roast beef etc) Hatfield played Townsend for third and fourth place, with Townsend emerging as the winners. Meanwhile Harpenden and Welwyn and District were engaged in the struggle for overall supremacy. With less than a quarter of the match gone, and with Harpenden in the lead on one rink, Welwyn and District skip Chris Sherriff had to retire with a strained tendon. The team re-organised, Sam Smith taking over as skip, Stan Kenworthy moving up to three, and Chris Read coming in at two. John Lee completed the rink at lead. Shortly afterwards the Welwyn rink took the lead, and with Phil Russell's rink also having a slight lead the stage was set for an epic final. At the end, Welwyn and District emerged as winners, and for the third year in succession they carried off the Maynard Cup. Welwyn now go on to meet the winners from the three other county regions on September 18 at Garston B.C., to contest the Ginder Trophy (which they won last year).
Coming on the heels of the “Bob Vise” trophy win last week this has proved another successful year for the club.

Back Row, left to right Mike Poole, John Lee, Sam Smith, Malcolm Baldwin, Stan Kenworthy, Chris Read.
Front Row, Barry Smith, Chris Sherriff, Phil Russell, Ted Webb.

Press Release - Sunday 29 August, 2011

In a keenly fought contest at Harpenden B.C., Welwyn and District Bowlers defeated Hatfield Bowlers to win the St. Albans and District "Bob Vise" Trophy final. Wins in the singles (Mike Poole), and the Fours (David Ratcliffe, John Lee, Barry Smith and Chris Sherriff) and a draw in the pairs (Malcolm Baldwin and Sam Smith) were sufficient to ensure the win, leaving Phil Russell's triple not needing to compete their game.

Press Release - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Three County League games, and two East Herts League division 1 games immediately following last week's Bob Vise Trophy semi-final does not sound like an easy week. Nevertheless that is what Welwyn and District's top bowlers faced last week. To finish the week with five wins was very satisfying as we have now won the Division B stage of the South Area County League, and have pulled ourselves up to a potential second place in the league.
But non of this was achieved without some dramatic moments. Monday's County League match away at North Mymms started badly with Phil Russell's rink slumping to 5-17 down after 12 ends. Time for a change though and on the thirteenth end they picked up 5, and 5 again on the fourteenth, 1 on the fifteenth and 4 on the sixteenth. From that point on it was one way traffic with North Mymms struggling to score. Six points in the bag.
Tuesday's game at home against close rivals Hatfield again found Phil Russell's rink struggling, but in the end they contained the opposition losing by only four shots. Meanwhile Chris Sherriff's rink were winning 26-15 so Welwyn took four points and Hatfield two.
Wednesday was East Herts League night, at home to Havers Park. No trouble wit this one though. Ron Carr, John Lee and Barry Smith won 18-7 whilst Mike Poole,, Ted Webb and Phil Russell regained their form and cruised to a 29-5 victory. 6 points and 35 shots to add to our shot difference.
The East Herts League game away at Rosehill on Thursday was a very different matter. On a rainy evening, John Lee, Barry Smith and Chris Sherriff fought out a draw wit their opponents. Mike, Ted \and Phil were drawing going into the last end, but having drawn the shot just before halfway had\ tp play a strategic defensive game to hold on for the win. Five more points, bringing our total to 55.
Friday night was County League again, this time at home to Potters Bar. At the outset there was very little points difference between Welwyn and District, Potters Bar and Hatfield but fortunately everyone was on form and Welwyn and District ran ou comfortable winners. The Southern Area finals will be at Welwyn and District on September 4th, when we will be joined by Hatfield, Harpenden and Townsend St.Albans for a two round play-off to determine the winners of the Maynard\Trophy (which W&DBC have held for the past two years).
Whilst all of this was happening, Welwyn Harts confirmed their position at the top of the third division of th East Herts\League, so will get promotion to the second division next year. Unless Welyn Bucks have luck on their side and some of the opposition drop points, and Bucks get six points from each of their final games, then they will just miss promotion and a Harts V. Bucks fixture will be on the fixture list next year.
To round the week off, friendly matches again Barton le Clay (home) both resulted in wins, Ted Webb skipping the highest winning triple at Whit Hern, and Jean Webb skipping the highest winning triple against Barton.

Press Release - Sunday 14 August, 2011

After finishing as runners-up in the "Bob Vise Trophy" competition for the last two years, Welwyn and District bowlers have once again reached the final with a win in the semi-finals over St. Albans Clarence Park. The Clarence Park green was challenging, but Mike Poole set the tone with a fight back from being well down in the singles, but eventually emerging as 21-20 winner. Malcolm Baldwin and Sam Smith then had a comfortable win in the pairs, and the fours and triples both won to make it a clean sweep. Welwyn now look forward to the final at Harpenden on Bank Holiday Monday, and hope to improve on the performance in the past two years.

Press Release - Sunday 7 August, 2011

Welwyn and District Bucks and Harts had fantastic results this week with both teams scoring maximum points again in their respective divisions of the East Herts league.
Bucks got 6 points at Stevenage with Nigel Noel, Graham Hart, and Don Ellis having a really tight game and winning by 3, and Malcolm Baldwin, Jim Summerfield, and Stan Kenworthy winning by 13. That gives the team 46 points with just 2 more games to play and moves them into 2nd place on shot difference. This division is wide open with most of the teams still capable of scoring over 50 points in total, although the odds are against a lot of them doing so. Two more wins will get the Bucks to 58 and an excellent chance of promotion to division 1. Next game on 17th August at home to Datchworth. In division 3 Harts also had a good win at Whithern with both Chris Read and Sam Smith leading their teams to another convincing win. Now with a solid lead at the top and needing only 4 more points from the remaining 2 games to guarantee the championship with a fantastic shot difference. The next game at Welwyn Garden City B.C. on 16th August could be the clincher!!
In the first division the Stags had a satisfying win against hitherto unbeaten Allenburys. Chris Sherriff's rtriple lost when they went down four on the penultimate end (final score 15-18); but Phil Russell's triple cruised to a 34-8 win giving us four points. Winning the league for the third year running is now virtually impossible, but the Stags are currently third, and hoping to improve on that before the end of the season.
In a Ladies Friendly against Northaw and Cuffley Diana Barrett's rink won 17-13, Mary Clement's rink lost 9-16, and Sylvia Ducat-Brown's rink won 18-14.
Final result a 44-43 win for the Welwyn Ladies.

Press Release - Sunday 31 July, 2011

The ladies of Welwyn and District Bowls Club "flew the flag" for the club this week, beating Batchwood home and away to reach the semi finals of the St. Albans and District Ladies B.A. Double Rink competition. Dorothy Henton, Olive Perry, Mary Clements and Sue Wingham won 28-10 at home; Betty Singleton, Sylvia Ducat-Brown, Jean Webb and Diana Barrett won 31-12 away. The semi final will take place on 17 August when the opponents will be Oak Hill ladies.
Phil Russell's attempt to win the County Unbadged Singles came to an end when he was beaten 21-17 in the final by Jason Horwood from Mill End. Better luck next year!
Welwyn Stags gained another six points in the East Herts League division 1 with a convincing win over Much Hadham Eagles.

Press Release - Sunday 24 July, 2011

Welwyn and District Bowls Club member Phil Russell has reached the final of the County Unbadged Singles competition after a thrilling semi final at Hatfield Bowls Club on Friday. Phil's opponent was Bryn Evans from nearby Welwyn Bowls Club. Afterwards Phil said "I made my usual slow start, going 1-6 down in the early stages, but by mid game I was on top despite dropping a four at one end." However, Bryn fought back until with Phil leading 20-19 Bryn cast a long jack and put his first wood just behind the jack. Phil put his first wood on the jack and Bryn decided to fire, killing the end. He then cast a short jack, but with Phil again holding shot Bryn fired and killed the end again. The match was over in the next end, with Phil gaining two shots to wrap up the game. He now faces J.Horwood from Mill End Bowls Club in the final, which will be held on 31 July at Welwyn and District Bowls Club (a venue which was decided by County at the start of the season).
In Phil's absence, Welwyn had to restructure their team for the county League game against Radlett on the same evening. Jim Summerfield, John Lee, Ted Webb and Chris Sherriff romped to a 28-12 but Mike Poole, David Ratcliffe, Stan Kenworthy and Barry Smith kept us on edge right to the last bowl, eventually winning 17-15. Well done Barry! Earlier in the week in the same competition Welwyn were less successful at Oak Hill, coming away with only two of the six points
Welwyn Ladies had a good win against Harpenden Ladies in the St. Albans and District Double Rinks, and will play in the next round next week. The away team (Dorothy Henton, Barbara Marvell, Mary Clements and Sue Wingham) won 16-14, and the home team (Betty Singleton, Sylvia Ducat-Brown, Jean Webb and Diana Barrett) won 20-19.
Welwyn Stags has a satisfying week with a six point win away at Stevenage, and a four point win at home against Aston Whistlers.
Sunday's Open Gala attracted twenty four teams from Herts and Essex and in glorious sunshine the honours went to "Goldwells" from Oak Hill. Runners-up were the "Owls", with "Valence" third. The spider was won by Rod Smale from De Havilland.

Press Release - Sunday 17 July, 2011

Welwyn and District Bowlers progressed to the semi-finals of the St.Albans & District "Bob Vise" trophy with a convincing win over local rivals Shire Park B.C. Wins in the Pairs, Triples and Fours were more than sufficient to offset a six shot loss in the singles. However, losing singles played Phil Russell has the consolation of having reached the semi-finals of the County Unbadged Singles competition, and we wish him well in that competition.
In the East Herts League it was a week of mixed fortunes for Welwyn Stags. A six point win against B.S.P. at King George's Playing Fields, and a four point win away against Bengeo created a feel-good factor which was almost demolished by zero points away at Castle Knights. Welwyn Bucks were beaten by the green at Northaw & Cuffley on Tuesday, but recovered with both rinks securing wins at home against Knebworth on Wednesday and getting another 6 points. Now standing on 24 points from 9 games. Welwyn Harts also played on successive nights and got all 12 points. The Harts now have 35 points from 8 games which should be enough to raise them to position.
W&DBC Ladies beat Batchwood ladies in SADLBA Rink League 68 - 42.

Press Release - Sunday 10July, 2011

It was a week of mixed fortunes for Welwyn and District Bowlers with Welwyn Bucks getting no points from their home game against Rosehill Kestrels, whilst Welwyn Harts took the full six points away at Sawbridgeworth. The Welwyn Stags game at home to Hertingfordbury had to be postponed due to County wanting to use the green for first neutral green rounds of the Pairs, Singles and Unbadged Singles competitions.
So it fell to four of the ladies to provide the high spot of the week. Margaret Holdcroft, Dorothy Henton, Sylvia Ducat Brown and Jean Webb set off for Potters Bar on Thursday morning to play in the Potters Bar Ladies Open Gala, more in hope than expectation. But they returned victorious in the evening, having won the gala for the second year running. Well done the ladies.
Some of those ladies also played in a friendly triples game, at home, against Potters Bar Ladies on Sunday, but this time they only managed to come second. Diana Barrett's triple won by one shot, and Jean Webb's triple lost by one shot. Unfortunately the third triple lost by six shots, giving the match to Potters Bar.
Next week promises to be very busy and more eventful with the Stags in action on three evenings, and the Bucks and the Harts in action once each.

Press Release - Sunday 3 July, 2011

Last week started on a positive note for Welwyn and District Bowlers, Welwyn Bucks taking four points from their East Herts League division 2 home game against Havers White. This was followed on Thursday by the Welwyn Stags taking six points from their East Herts League division 1 game against Sawbridgeworth.
Saturday was Ladies Captain's Day and twenty eight ladies had an enjoyable afternoons bowling in the sunshine. Also on Saturday there was a tough match against good opposition at Hatfield in the District League. Hatfield ran out winners overall, but Welwyn were far from disgraced. The match finished 2 rinks all, but 85-70 shots overall giving Hatfield 50 points and Welwyn 30 points.
The week deteriorated on Sunday with a loss in a friendly match to Hertford Castles, and a loss in the " Top Ten " at Harpenden, where only Phil Russell with a win in the singles gave Welwyn and District any sense of triumph.

Press Release - Sunday 26 June, 2011

Last year's East Herts League Runners-Up, Hertford Castles, were the visitors at Welwyn and District Bowls Club last Thursday and in a keenly contested match both of the teams won one rink, However, Castles scored two more shots overall than the Welwyn Stags and so took the lions share of the points.

On Sunday evening staff and family members from Waters Autoplanet, St. Albans, visited the club and enjoyed trying their hand at bowls, followed by a company sponsored barbecue. Welwyn and District bowlers were on hand to offer help and advice (and also to partake of the fare that was on offer). Waters are sponsoring the club this year and their next big involvement will be the W&DBC Open Gala on 24 July.

Press Release - Sunday 19 June, 2011

Tuesday 14th June was blessed with a beautiful warm sunny day. Twenty-four teams gathered at Welwyn & District Bowls Club for the 2011 Ladies Triples Gala; a day of good bowling and plenty of fun and laughter. With an excellent garden stall, the Club ladies’ stall selling bric-a-bat and a raffle, there was plenty to occupy the players in between sessions of bowling. A ploughmans lunch was served and a well equipped tea bar served homemade cakes. A special trophy has been presented to the Welwyn & District Club by Gerald Papworth MBE a past President of the club, in memory of David Barrett who had been a member for over 20 years and served as Treasurer, Chairman and set up the Club's website.
The winning team with 44 points was the Knebworth Team: Pat Beadle, Sally Varney and Sandy Smith
Runners up: 43 points St. Albans Ladies team: Doreen Gray, Paruline Gardiner and Tricia Gascoine
Third Place: 42 points Hat/Wel Ladies Helen Sinch, Gloria Polley and Brenda Collins
The Spider was won by Gloria Polley

The Welwyn Bucks had a great result this week, away v Bishops Stortford Swifts. Winning 26-8 and 19-15 gave them six points. Obviously they learned a lessons well from the last visit there!
Welwyn Harts played at home on the same night against Aston Crowns. A close encounter, with the points shared. An 18-12 win and a 12-18 loss earned them three points.
In the Ranson Cup, Welwyn and District, the holders of the cup, were drawn against Buntingford. This was always going to be a tight match and despite a 17 all draw away from home, Welwyn lost by one shot, 20-21 at home.

Press Release - Saturday 4 June, 2011

Last week was most decidedly a week of two halves for the bowlers of Welwyn and District Bowls Club.
On Tuesday evening the Welwyn Stags got their defence of the East Herts League division 1 title off to a good start with wins on both rinks, away at Sele farm. Six points and a plus 25 shot difference.
On Thursday evening Harperbury were the visitors to Welwyn for the Top Ten, but were overwhelmed as Welwyn took the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours.
The mood change on Friday when a strong team from Harpenden took the honours in the Eversley Trophy match. Welwyn managed a win on one rink, but Harpenden were superior on the other two.
And to finish off the week, and the Welwyn Ladies hopes of success, the visiting ladies from Ware defeated them in the Top Club on Saturday winning the Singles, Pairs and Triples, leaving the Welwyn fours to gain a consolation win, although only by one shot.

Press Release - Sunday 29 May 2011

Last week was a very good week in the East Herts League for Welwyn Harts, as they won at home against Ware Wolves and away at Standon & Puckeridge, gaining 6 points from each match. 45 shots to 20 against Ware, and 53 to 26 at Puckeridge. This gives them a total of 14 points from 3 matches.
Not so good for the Welwyn Bucks however as on a cold and miserable evening they failed to get any points from their match at Bishops Stortford Ospreys. Match score Bucks 24, Ospreys 45.
A weekend friendly match at home against Rosedale was also no cause for celebration, the ladies losing on two rinks, and the men losing on three.
We hope for better results next week at the Welwyn Stags play their first East Herts League match of the season at Sele Farm. The Bucks go to Parkside on the same evening.

Press Release - Sunday 22 May 2011

Sixty four bowlers, representing sixteen clubs in the St.Albans District gathered at Welwyn and District Bowls Club on Thursday 19 May, for the President's annual charity competition. The competition is held annually on the District President's home green and the teams compete for the Maurice Watson Trophy.
Club President Diana Barrett formally welcomed District President John Lee and the bowlers. The end result was a close thing between the host club, Welwyn and District, and Berkhamsted, with Berkhamsted clinching the win on a count-back.

President John Lee is seen handing over the trophy to the victorious
Berkhamsted team at conclusion of the meal which followed the game.

In a County League game against Harperbury on Monday, Phil Russell's rink struggled to get into the game until a six shot winning end brought them back into contention (Only to drop a six some ends later). The fought on however, and eventually ran out 22-20 winners. Chris Sherriff's rink were always in command and won 25-13.
On the same evening, Welwyn Bucks got four points from their home game against Cheshunt, but Welwyn Harts could only manage two points from their home game against Roebuck.
On Saturday, Welwyn and District Ladies beat Clarence Park, St.Albans in the Top Club competition, winning the singles, triples and rinks, but losing the pairs.
To close off the week two rinks of men travelled to Croxley Green on Sunday morning and won on both rinks in the National Two-Fours competition.

Press Release - Sunday 15 May 2011

The weeks are getting busier as the season develops and people begin to play the early rounds of the district and county competitions. On Wednesday the ladies played a triples match against St.Albans Clarence Park, winning by three shots. On the same day the men had a Ranson Cup match against Hoddesden Rye Park, and after a delayed start the away team won by one shot, whilst the home team won by five, giving us the overall win. On Saturday we had 4 mixed triples match at Hoddesdon Rosehill BC. A close encounter which Welwyn and District won by one shot, 68-87. Highest winning rink R Uffen, D Henton, C Sherriff 24-15

Press Release - Sunday 8 May 2011

May Day was bright and sunny, but with a bitterly cold wind blowing, as Welwyn and District Bowls Club Played their annual President's Team v. Captains' Team fixture. As always this was a keenly fought contest of six rinks with the captains' team winning by one shot overall.
On Wednesday a friendly fixture against Radlett B.C. was reorganised at short notice to be played at Welwyn instead of at Radlett so that members of the Welwyn squad could attend the funeral of Keith Padden, a long time member of the club. Welwyn repaid their generosity by beating them on all rinks in a five rink mixed triples match, with Sue Winghams triple of Jillian Jenings, Robert Ducat-Brown and SW winning by 25 shots to 7. Other rinks, Jean Webb 26-13; Ted Webb 22-18; Stan Kenworthy 17-16 and Chris Read 16-15. 106 - 69 overall.
Things went a little sour on Wednesday in the National Top Club competition when Welwyn and District entertained Potten End B.C. Potten End bowlers were, unfortunately, too good for us on the night, winning both the singles matches and the pairs. Welwyn and District won the triples, and the fours was not completed when it became obvious that we had lost overall.
The Ladies restored our good fortunes on Saturday in the Top Ten competition. They arrived at Batchwood C.C. in the middle of a downpour, but soon after the game started the sun came out and shone their efforts as they came out three-one winners. Wins in the Singles (Diana Barrett; 21-8), Pairs (Dorothy Henton and Jean Webb; 18-16), and Fours (Hazel Wing, Sybil Noel, Sylvia Ducat-Brown and Sue Wingham; 22-20) more than offset the 12-23 loss in the triples (Doris Atkins, Barbara Marvell and Betty Singleton).
To complete the week the club hosted a six rink match between the County President's team and the Herts County Southern Area team, the Southern Area team winning by two shots.

Press Release - Sunday 1 May 2011

The ladies of Welwyn and District Bowls Club opened their season with a four rink triples home match against the ladies of Barton le Clay. On a beautifully sunny afternoon the visitors proved to be too strong for the home team , winning on three rinks to Welwyn's one; Welwyn's winning team of Norma Carter, Jillian Jennings and skip Diana Barrett winning by 23 shots to 17. The previous weekend the club had held the first two of its Open Days for new bowlers and had been very pleased by the positive response, several people deciding to join the club during the weekend. Further Open Evenings are planned for 6th and 13th of May.

Press Release - Sunday 17 April 2011

Members of the Welwyn and District Bowls Club celebrated the start of the 2011 season on Saturday with their traditional Breakfast Bowls fixture. A number of the male members of the club provided a very Full-English Breakfast after which the President, Diana Barrett, delivered the first bowls of the season. Members then played a variety of novelty games designed to focus on providing purposeful practice in various aspects of the game.
The event was also attended by a number of the clubs sponsors, and they too tried their hand at some of the games.
The club will be holding Open Days at the Ottway Walk green on Saturday 23 and Monday 25 April for anyone who fancies trying their hand at this deceptively simple sport. Full equipment will be provided as long as visitors come in flat shoes, and for those who wish to take things further two hours free coaching are available.

Diana with the Sponsors