A successful Open Day at Crewkerne Bowling Club has led to new players enrolling for the Friday evening coaching sessions. The highest number, in the club’s history, turned up at the green on Saturday, to have a go at ‘rolling the woods towards the jack’. Many visitors had never tried lawn bowling before, including our reporter Ana Collingridge, who found the experience: “Incredibly relaxing with very helpful club members giving good advice and words of encouragement to all first timers.”

Crewkerne Bowling Club President Mary Spurway welcomed everyone, who were then signed in by the club’s Honorary Secretary Bruce Murdoch. Free refreshments were served for those waiting to bowl on the busy rinks and for those relaxing after trying their hand at the sport. A spokesman for Crewkerne Bowling Club said: “What a successful day. Congratulations to Kay (captain of the Ladies section Kay Mankin) and her team for organsing the day. Thanks to all members who came along and lent support. A special thanks to those who baked goodies which were too much of a temptation.”

The Open Day was also visited by a group from Crewkerne & District Twinning Association and their French friends. A spokesman for the club said: “Our French visitors were intrigued and quickly got down to it. They enjoyed it so much, that they were lobbying the Maire to lay a green in his garden. All our visitors enjoyed their first experience of this wonderful sport. Especially gratifying was that several visitors signed up for the coaching sessions.”

Coaching sessions are taking place at the bowling green in West Street car park, on Friday June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 6.15 pm. The series of four coaching sessions cost £5, which will be deducted from the club’s membership fee, for those wishing to fully join as a member. Prior enrolment for the coaching sessions is required. Please for contact details.

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