Lily gets ball rolling

Honorary Life Member Lily Stevenson cast the first Jack, with Wooler President Jimmy Porteous, as Wooler Bowling Club's green was opened for the season.
Honorary Life Member Lily Stevenson cast the first Jack, with Wooler President Jimmy Porteous, as Wooler Bowling Club's green was opened for the season.
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A NORTH Northumberland bowling club green was officially opened last week for the start of the new season.

Honorary life member Lily Stevenson cast the first jack at Wooler Bowling Club, with president Jimmy Porteous, and stayed on to watch an enjoyable afternoon’s play.

Following the usual pooled tea, Lily and Jimmy started the drawing of tickets for the hamper and a comprehensive variety of other prizes.

The draw raised £674 and Barclays Bank matched that amount pound for pound as part of the Barclays Community Investment Charity Begins at Work Programme, bringing the total to £1,348.

Alan Shepherd, club secretary, was very grateful to his former employers, having worked for Barclays for many years throughout Northumberland.

He also recognised that this is only one of the club’s many fund-raising activities and hoped that membership efforts and the club’s other committed sponsors would be spurred on to even greater achievements throughout the season.

The green will be open daily, subject to weather, fixtures and green maintenance, until about mid-September.

The club will again run its Monday evening Hat Nights, where new and existing members of varying abilities can come together to hone their skills in a friendly, but competitive atmosphere.

New this season is a points system leading to a trophy at the end. Meet from 6pm, and start bowling at 6.30pm with tea or coffee and a chat to follow.

The Ladies’ 2pm afternoon sessions will run throughout the season.

An extensive fixture list of friendly matches and competitions has been arranged by match secretary John Guthrie. He encouraged members to enter their names on selection lists at the earliest opportunity to aid both the selectors and the members to plan ahead.

For more information, contact club secretary Alan Shepherd on 01668 282077 or 07802 725012 or the club on woolerbc@aol.com