Bowling green open for the new season

Friday 17th April'Opening of Newton Stewart Bowling Green on hand to deliver the first jack was the new Wigtownshire District Secretary Bredan Handling
Friday 17th April'Opening of Newton Stewart Bowling Green on hand to deliver the first jack was the new Wigtownshire District Secretary Bredan Handling

The new bowling season is here and, across Galloway, the greens are opening up for play.

At Gatehouse, the green was opened last Saturday by Evelyn Carnochan who threw the first ‘Jack’.

Members old and new were welcomed by vice president Jerry Chapman who thanked the members who had worked so well to get the green and clubhouse ready for the new season.

The first jack delivered at the opening of the green at Newton Stewart was thrown by the new Wigtownshire District Secretary Bredan Handling.

Meanwhile, over at Wigtown, oldest member Wallace Galloway threw the first jack to open the county town’s bowling green, watched by Robert Bark, the club’s president, and some members of the bowling club.

At Kirkcowan on Tuesday night, junior member Louis Service threw the first jack.

Try Bowls campaign

Dumfries and Galloway bowling clubs, including Newton Stewart and Stranraer, have joined a national campaign to get people to Try Bowls.

A total of 182 clubs across Scotland taking part in Bowls Scotland’s Try Bowls campaign this summer.The clubs have signed up to the campaign launched during the Glasgow 2014 Games to get more people of all ages playing bowls at clubs. Over 100 bowling clubs capitalised on the heightened post Games interest in the sport by offering Try Bowls last summer. And as a result many clubs across the country reported increases in memberships. This year the number of clubs taking part is far higher. Bowls Scotland is leading Try Bowls by helping clubs spread the word in their communities, providing posters for clubs to advertise locally, and creating a website to help people easily locate their local participating club.

Try Bowls 2015 officially starts this weekend when a number of clubs across the country host open days. Bowls Scotland is also supporting the STV Appeal by encouraging clubs offering Try Bowls to take part in a Trick Shot Challenge.