LIKE a spring lamb, Fitz Park Bowling Club will bounce into action next week.
Club members can venture onto the green – ground and weather conditions permitting – for their first pre season practice sessions from Monday, April 12, a significant date where lockdown easing is concerned. And then on Sunday, April 18, Club President, Cliff Harding will send down the first wood to officially open the playing season, writes Keith Richardson.
And what a great season it promises to be. New players are expressing an interest while players who felt unable to take part in last year’s shortened season, have already indicated that they are keen to return. Many, of course, have had their first vaccination and one member, who shall remain nameless, has had both. Hopefully this will provide a proverbial ‘shot in the arm’ where his bowls is concerned.
On a more serious note the club is keen to repeat the inter club competition that was such a success last summer from July onwards, namely the midweek triples league that was held on a Tuesday afternoon and which proved immensely popular.
For this summer, in addition to a repeat of the Tuesday event, the plan is to hold an additional inter club competition on Thursday evenings, the latter to provide competition for those members who still have to work for a living.
On a wider front county competitions are going ahead and interest is also now being gauged for the potential return of competition in the Eden Valley (Tuesday and Thursday) and the West Cumbria (Friday evening) leagues, most probably from late June onwards once restrictions have hopefully eased further and we are almost back to ‘normal’. The `Keswick club will, of course, also be holding its own individual and doubles competitions that, again, were greatly appreciated last season and produced some unexpected results.
“I really hope that there will be a full season of bowls right across the county with the return of league fixtures between different clubs in the Eden Valley and across to West Cumbria,” said Fitz Park Bowling Club President, Cliff Harding. “But whatever happens on the wider stage, playing and social members at Keswick can rest assured that we will be doing our very best to have a full and competitive season.
“In many ways the social side of our club is vitally important and I get the feeling that people are keener than ever to get playing bowls and to enjoy all that the club has to offer in the fantastic setting that is upper Fitz Park.”
Club members have been paying their annual subscriptions (£45) and Kevin Hadley, keen as mustard for 2021, set an excellent example by being the first player to pay his subs. Non playing membership is £10 and gives you access to one of the best beer gardens in the world; the other being just across Station Road at the cricket club.