Would-be bowlers are being urged to take to the greens and have a go at the sport this summer in Wellsford.
The town’s bowling club celebrates its 65th anniversary this year and is holding a membership drive to boost numbers.
Match committee organiser Reg Phillips says Wellsford is a friendly, active club and they’d like to give more people the chance to enjoy the experience.
“It’s a family club, a happy club, and we’re encouraging new members young or old,” he says.
At its peak, the club had a membership of around 200, but this is now closer to 60. Reg says the best time to go along to get a feel for the place – and for the game itself – is during ‘roll-ups’, casual playing and practice days on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“We have people in the club who have been coaches so they are on hand to teach new bowlers everything they need to know.”
From January, Wellsford will run a social Twilight Bowl and Sausage Sizzle every Tuesday evening, from 5.30pm, for about six weeks. The club also hosts and takes part in tournaments with clubs from the Rodney area down to the North Shore, such as the recent Open Triples Tournament to launch the 2015-16 season, with teams from Leigh, Mangawhai, Waipu and Warkworth.
Reg says members take great pride in the club, which has a large, airy upstairs meeting room and bar area overlooking the greens with views north to Whangarei, as well as seating and gardens sheltering the playing area.
Info: Reg Phillips 423 7041