'Why I love bowls'

March 24 2017

As the gloom of the English winter begins to fade, the Redland Green bowlers begin to dream of summer afternoons on the perfectly manicured greensward of our bowling green.

As the gloom of the English winter begins to fade, the Redland Green bowlers begin to dream of summer afternoons on the perfectly manicured greensward of our bowling green.

Do not misunderstand! Bowls is not just a pastime; it is a sport. Competitiveness ranges from mild to determined. A Monday club night “roll-up” (not what you think) may stir only a hint of competition, but Thursday night League (newly promoted to Division One) is just as hard-fought as the Bristol & District Cricket League, or the Avon Netball League.

The Club is a friendly and welcoming club for men and women of all ages and all abilities. There is no greater feeling than to stand with your mates on a sunny Saturday afternoon, with the smooth green at your feet, the birds in the trees and the kettle boiling for tea.  

It’s a lot cheaper than golf and a lot less exhausting than football or squash, but you’ll still find at the end of the day that you have had not only an afternoon’s fresh air, but a good exercise as well.

Bowls is a deceptively simple game. Get the wood nearest the jack and you win the “end”. But there is subtlety there (and sometimes power). Take the other wood out, promote your wood, move the jack. Once you’ve started, you’ll never tire of it. 

And we’re looking for members, women and men.  From 22 April we will be holding free taster sessions on Saturday mornings, with a qualified coach and a chance to try the game out. Alternatively, come down on a Monday evening once the season starts, introduce yourself and you can join the members on Club night.

Contact Gerry and Jean Wickham, gerald.wickham@btopenworld.com, jeanwickham@hotmail.com

See our website www.redlandgreenbowls.webs.com