Mention Lawn Green Bowling and it’s quite likely to conjure up an image of senior citizens, men in flat white caps, flannels and blazers and ladies in white straw trilby hats, multi pleated skirts topped off with blazers. That may well have been part of the picture when Calne Bowls Club first started back in 1914 although because ladies were not admitted to the club until much later it would only have been part of the picture.
Now in this our 102nd year, of course, it’s a completely different picture, twenty first century Calne Bowls Club supports, equally, ladies and men’s membership and our theme for 2016 is that It’s Not Just for Old Folk. Lawn green bowls isn’t just a sport for older folk but one suitable for all ages and abilities. A sport that can be played either as an individual or as a team player. Indeed, the modern day game being played regionally, nationally and internationally attracts players from school age onwards. As part of the Calne Bowls Club current recruitment initiative we have approached local schools with a view to providing student groups with introductory sessions. Additionally, as part of the plan to help promote the sport, several club members are about to embark upon training courses with the view to joining the ranks of the clubs’ certified coaches.
Tuesday evening May 2nd is the first Club night of the season. Club Night is open to all members and starts on the first Tuesday in May and runs until the last Tuesday in August – it’s an informal evening providing an ideal opportunity to practice your game, play a friendly match and generally socialize. It is also an ideal occasion for making a first contact with the club either as a newcomer to the game or as an existing bowler thinking of relocating to Calne Bowls Club. The meeting starts at six o’clock and runs for a couple of hours.