On Bank Holiday Monday, Bowling Club President, Colin Rudrum, welcomed Newport’s Mayor, Tony Forrester, to the Club and invited him to officially open the greens and bowl the first woods at the start of the new season. The Mayor, who is more used to flat green bowled an excellent first wood close to the jack.
Forty eight members then enjoyed a tasty lunch prepared by Faye’s caterers before taking part in a doubles competition, organised by Club Captain, Dave Doody. Twenty four bowlers, dressed more like arctic explorers than summer bowlers, braved the chilly weather and displayed some excellent bowling. Winners of the competition were Steven Gough and Roger Beeston who beat runners-up Margaret Preece and Helen Astlsy in an exciting final under the flood lights.
There was a break in the competition when afternoon tea, prepared by Gillian Rudrum, was served and raffles were drawn. The first raffle for a large Easter egg raised £80 towards the children’s Christmas Party. The second, main raffle, raised £100 for the President’s chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.
The President concluded the day’s proceedings by presenting the cups to the winners and runners-up and thanking the ladies of the club for providing the cakes and everyone who helped and took part in a cool but most enjoyable day’s bowling.