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IF I COULD MAKE A WISH...


30 BAG A BAG


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE AND WIN!


26 RESULTS


FROM AROUND UK & IRELAND


ROUND-UPS 44 L HIDDEN HEROES


CAN BOWL WILL BOWL


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et me start this issue’s welcome with a heartfelt wish that this summer’s outdoor bowls


calendar will survive whatever the British weather can throw at it! All of our outdoor clubs have now


launched their summer seasons, and we wish every bowler, whether experienced or novice, a very pleasant summer of bowls. Surely we will have more success


this year in completing the many club, county and national tournaments that challenge bowlers across the UK? Or is it time to discard the green stuff for the kind of artificial surface that will play reasonably well in any weather? We’ve teamed up with the


Co-operative Funeralcare and Drakes Pride Bowls to launch a new campaign to find some of the UK’s bowling club Hidden Heroes. Many clubs have a man or woman


who goes about quietly doing good either in the clubhouse or in the wider community. They don’t ask for, or expect, praise for their efforts. They may not realise that anyone else notices. But we do notice the good they do... and now’s our chance to do something to recognise them properly. On page 43 you’ll find out more about Hidden Heroes and how you can go about making sure they get a chance to be in the spotlight. And there’s something in it, too, for the clubs that nominate those people who make it to our short list. Colour is a word that features strongly in this issue. In our wish list feature on pages 40-43, more than one of the sport’s well-known personalities bemoans the traditional white


“uniform” that has become the normal mode of attire at bowls clubs, and argues for a change in the rules to inject more pazazz in the sport. Would it encourage more young people to take up bowls if the dress code was relaxed? It’s an interesting thought and one that the authorities would be wise to consider. We take a close look at how, despite


the recession, bowls clubs up and down the land play their part at the centre of their communities. At a time when pockets and purses are emptying all too rapidly, our club committees continue to provide entertainment and a little happiness for their members and guests. We need to support our local clubs,


which, after all, support us. And we have asked new columnist


Adrian Battersby – the man whose company provides bowls action (live and recorded) for the Premier Sports TV channel – to tell us why he gets so excited by the prospect of 260 hours of bowls on telly. Those of us who were unable to get to


Potters World Championship, in Norfolk in January, missed a classic encounter between Crown Green ace Chris Brown and WBT World No.1 Greg Harlow. Luckily, Janice Gower was there to


record the event and she followed up the classic encounter with an exclusive interview for Nationwide Bowler. I hope you have a pleasant summer. Yours in sport,


Editor’s welcome


A NEW SEASON, A NEW AWARDS COMPETITION AND WHAT OUR “GREATS” WOULD WISH FOR


Brian Henson | Editor brian@nationwidebowler.co.uk


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