The game of Lawn Bowls started life in Ancient Egypt and migrated to Britain in the 13th century. It waxed and waned in popularity until the mid 19th century, when it experienced a revival, especially in Scotland. The Scots developed flat greens and drew up rules that remain largely unchanged.
Lawn Bowls is a game that requires thought. The level of fitness required is minimal, which makes it ideal for people who have retired from more active sports and it is a truly exciting game to play; not only is it competitive but it can also become quite addictive and it never gets boring.
Lawn bowls were originally made from the dense wood lignum vitae – hence the term ‘woods’ for bowls. Most bowls are now made from a hard plastic composite material, which has also expanded the colour range. It is not uncommon to see bowls in fluorescent hues mingling with the traditional black and brown coloured bowls on the greens.
This is an ideal opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills, with bowling tuition offered free of charge and bowls being supplied by the club for coaching. Teams compete in a range of local leagues and members play in the afternoons and evenings.
Whitley & Monkseaton Ladies and Gentlemen’s Bowling Club is located directly opposite the Coast Side of Monkseaton Metro Station. For further information please call Alan Moses on 0191 253 0848.
by Alan Moses