Honor Plowright talks about the social and competitive scene at Cowplain Bowls Club
A new all-weather playing surface greeted the members of Cowplain Bowls Club in April when the bowling season began, and with it the possibility of great things.
Over the last few months the hopes and hard work of many of our members have been successfully fulfilled.
We have new members who have discovered an unsuspected talent for bowling and talented bowlers who have competed in the National Championships.
Some of our bowlers enjoy a roll-up with friends or a friendly match, while others prefer to pursue a trophy or promotion to a higher league.
Children at our local primary school have been fired with enthusiasm when given the opportunity to try the sport and older, perhaps less agile, members of the community have discovered a leisure pursuit in which they can participate.
Others prefer to spectate or join in our monthly quiz nights. And, of course, we have our committee who keep the club running so that we can enjoy our bowling in whichever way we choose.
Four of our ladies reached the last 32 in the fours competition at the National Championships and one of them, Pam Lambshead, reached the quarter- final of the National Champion of Champions.
We are the top club in Hampshire in the National Tony Allcock competition, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final rounds at Royal Leamington Spa.
We are the inaugural winners of the Portsmouth & District Women’s Bowling Association (P&DWBA) Club Challenge Trophy and will be represented at P&DBA and P&DWBA finals. Our youngest player, 15-year-old Dan, has represented Hampshire in several county matches.
In whatever way our members have spent the summer season, we hope to see many of them at our own club finals this weekend, competing and watching with their friends and rivals.
We especially look forward to applauding the winners of the new bowlers competitions.
The end of the summer season will bring with it the challenges of our first winter season, the greatest of which may be how to keep warm and dry on the green.
This year we have experienced individual and team success at local, county and national levels, which has brought enjoyment and pride to many of our members. Long may it continue.
n Cowplain Bowling Club, Padnell Road Recreation Ground, Cowplain, PO8 8EH
To find out more about the club go to cowplainbowlingclub.org.uk.