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of bowls and to be a centre for the local community


market the game of bowls and to be a centre for the local community. We do that through opening the club for local groups and allowing non-members to use the facilities. In turn, it allows us to show them the benefits of joining the club,” he said. “We also have young people on our committee


to advise us on how to gain interest among the wider community. For example, in June we’re having a psychic night. To be honest, though, I’m just going along to get the lottery numbers!


responsibility of clubs like ours to market the game


I think it’s the


On a more serious note, bowls is a working person’s game that has no boundaries, in the sense that you can play and socialise with anyone. It can really bring people together and I think to do that successfully you need to get the local community involved.” Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Club, in


Warwickshire, has a growing social membership attracted by dance nights – the club even has its own choreographers to show people the moves. Honorary Secretary Cynthia Briggs said: “We


have things like quizzes, race nights and barn dances. A couple of our members are dance instructors, so they teach the rest of us what to do and we have a good time learning the moves. “We have about 30 or 40 social members and


many of them enjoy these nights. It’s good for people who don’t play bowls to get involved, and the younger members in particular enjoy the social side of the club.”


Bowling clubs are playing host to events as wide ranging as barn dancing and psychic nights


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