Season starts with salute to the hotshots

It is the time of the year when those of our members who play throughout the winter at the Bristol Indoor Bowling Centre check their kit for the start of the new outdoor season.

Our ladies playing indoors competed in the Wednesday Fours and the Thursday Triples, finishing both in mid-table positions.

Our men played in various leagues, ending up as winners in two. In the Thursday Triples, Paul Matthews, Bob Payne plus Bert Merrell from Fry’s Bowling Club not only topped the league but also obtained a hotshot. That is when all of your team’s woods end up closer to the jack than any of your opposition’s, allowing you to obtain certificates from Bowls England to acknowledge the achievement.

Our photograph shows (left to right) Bert, Bob and Paul with their certificates. The same players, with Roger Price, won the Tuesday Fours, and Roger playing with Paul in the pairs also achieved a hotshot.
Moving on to the outdoor game, the opening of our green was delayed by wet weather, but things are now moving forward as leagues for ladies and gents get under way.

We launched the new season with a party, when we were entertained by vocalist Naomi, who performed songs from the 60s and 70s. During the break, we enjoyed an afternoon tea prepared and served by Annette, Julie, Lyn and Simon. The afternoon was appreciated by the 60 members who attended, as they looked forward to the first roll-up of the season.

It would be remiss not to mention the Monday boys – a group of members who turn up rain or shine throughout the winter to carry out indoor and outdoor maintenance to ensure everything is “spic and span” when the season starts.

Mike Barrow