Closing of the rinks at Axminster Bowls

Lovely legs Glen and jovial Ken

Lovely legs Glen and jovial Ken - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

This summer has been quite unusual for bowls clubs throughout the country with the virus cancelling many inter-club friendlies, but Axminster Bowls Club has done very well in terms of regular light-hearted roll-ups on the new carpet.  

The final two away matches were both very competitive friendly matches but, as usual, the transition from carpet to grass proved just a tad difficult for our bowlers, losing twice by 3 rinks to 1. 

In both games, club treasurer John Hill bowled magnificently, first with "Budgie" Hallows and James Windsor at Feniton, then with David Harris and Bob Sherborne at Chardstock.  

On Saturday, the members came together on a beautiful late summer afternoon for the official end of season closing of the rinks by club President Lillian Lovatt, and a covid-delayed celebration of the new carpet, where the club Chairman Norman Copland thanked all involved in the long struggle to raise the funds and overcome the difficulties of getting it laid between the lockdown periods   

The town Mayor Jill Farrow and the Chair of EDDC, Cllr Ian Thomas were both invited along as a thank you to the two bodies they represent, who also played major parts in the new carpet acquisition. 

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They presented the winning team of the 4 end triples match with their prizes and very sportingly bowled a few woods, much to the amusement of everybody gathered.  

A wonderful finger buffet was available throughout the afternoon, beautifully presented by Anne Burn and Anne Clayton, the afternoon was finished off with a banter-filled 10 end triples match.  

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The club is staying open for roll-ups throughout the autumn and winter, offering membership to bowlers from any local club from the beginning of October through to the end of March for £30. 

If you're interested in playing winter bowls, please contact Glen Elliott on 07933 517591.  

The Mayor at Axminster Bowls Club

The Mayor at Axminster Bowls Club - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

Lillian Lovatt

Lillian Lovatt - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

James Windsor

James Windsor - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

Val Mellor

Val Mellor - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

Allen Gyngel

Allen Gyngel - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

Cllr Thomas

Cllr Thomas - Credit: Axminster Bowls Club

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