THE Chairman of Mid Devon District Council, Councillor John Daw, laid the first wood of the season to launch the new season for Crediton Bowling Club on Saturday, April 15.
The club president, Dorothy Richards, welcomed Cllr Daw and members and Mr Daw wished members a good competing season.
Mrs Richards informed members that the new green sprinkler system was now up and running and was helping to save the greensmen who care for the green a lot of time watering it each morning.
The Bowling Club received a £17,848 funding boost from the SITA Trust to install the automatic irrigation sprinkler system.
Mrs Richards also praised the greensmen, in particular the club chairman, Ted Staite, who cared for the green.
She also thanked all the other club officers, those who helped with catering and in other ways.
Following the opening, there was the usual “spider” competition, in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, which saw Sue Norton bowl her wood nearest the jack to win the prize.
Then followed a game of bowls for members, Mr Daw also taking part under instruction.
Afterwards there was the traditional bowlers tea.
Taster Sessions as in previous years, are currently being run to encourage anyone who might like to try out bowling to come down to “have a go”!
Taster Days are as follows: Tomorrow, Saturday, April 22 at 10am, Friday, May 5 at 2pm and Saturday, May 6 at 10am.
Everyone is welcome, all you require is flat shoes. Any further queries should be made to Crediton Bowling Club secretary, Christine Marshall on 01363 772012.
Crediton Bowling Club has more than 100 bowling members and in excess of 20 social members.
The club was founded in 1931 in the grounds of Newcombes Meadow, where it still thrives.
A new clubhouse was built to accommodate the members, part of which is still in use.
During the Second World War the clubhouse was occupied by both the Gaumont Picture Company and later by the Army, although bowling continued during this time.
The new clubhouse was officially opened in 1992.
In the early 2000’s the club had been expanding quite quickly and new facilities were required to keep pace with growth. In 2007 club members designed and built an extension to the club which included a new men’s changing room, a toilet for the disabled, an extended main club room, extended kitchen and extended ladies’ changing facilities.
This was built with the help of Lottery funding. The new clubhouse was opened at the start of the 2008 season.
New members are welcome to join the club and all ages are welcome.
Crediton Bowling Club is affiliated to both Bowls Devon and Bowls England and its members are entitled to enter both county and national competitions as well as club competitions.
The outdoor season starts in April and runs through to September each year.
Social events run from October to March on Friday evenings and involve a range of activities including whist, bingo, skittles and horse racing.