Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hills Bowls Club opens door to new members

Club members welcome potential team mates. SG100416-245TW
Club members welcome potential team mates. SG100416-245TW
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Potential members were welcomed with open arms at Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hills Bowls Club’s open day last Sunday.

The event was held at the Elizabethan Centre in Whaplode Drove.

Mitch Hewitt tries his hand at bowls. SG100416-244TW

Mitch Hewitt tries his hand at bowls. SG100416-244TW

Members showed off the club’s prowess in a competition organised by Danny Stanton.

David Mann, Mike Crump and Tim Tomizzi were the victors of the day, scooping the Florence Penta Memorial Tripples Trophy for their performance.

Afterwards, members and non-members alike were treated to refreshments made by Fay Riley and Sandy Crump.

Attendees also heard from chairman John Riley, who thanked everyone for coming.

Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hills Bowls Club currently has 25 members and meets every evening between Monday and Friday.

Club member Fay Riley said: “New members are always welcome.

“We are especially keen to see young people join the team – we currently have an age range of between 20 and 70 years old.

“We had a young lad called Mitch Hewitt play on Sunday and he did ever so well.”

Although bowls is a sport favoured by older people, the average age of competitors is on the decrease.

Last week, 14-year-old Devon Cooper from Hitchin became the youngest person to ever win a national indoor bowls title at the EIBA championships.

Mrs Riley added: “There are lots of young people on the new estates and we would love them to get involved.”

The club’s next competition is at 2pm on April 24 at the Whaplode Drive Bowls Green.