SOMETHING NEW FOR 2012 and hopefully 2013!!

In our club at Penrhyn Bay (near Llandudno) we became aware that we had some members who were facing serious eyesight problems and who could no longer bowl. Our club were enthusiastic in offering us whatever we needed to address the problem and get these members bowling again.

The first problem was that of expertise. Luckily we knew of the very person Ray Barnes at Bradley Bowling Club Wrexham. As soon as he was approached Ray was more than willing to assist us. He would travel to all the pilot sessions we were planning.

We settled on 6 Wednesday mornings and started on 15th August starting at 10 am. Ray drove up and brought with him each time one member of the Touchwood Bowling Club at Bradley. Starting very gingerly the sessions gathered an impetus and culminated in the final session on 19th. September when the Touchwood members with Ray and Sharon Craven travelled in a full mini-bus to play a match against Penrhyn New Hall members. It was great fun and before setting off home with plans to stop for ice-cream and possibly a pint later on, we all sat down to enjoy some light refreshments provided by the club members at Penrhyn New Hall. The Touchwood Chairman Tom Lewis thanked all concerned for a wonderful day out.

Our aim is to establish our own satellite club for the partially sighted in 2013 with the blessing of the club; one having its own officers and funds.

Lots of hard work to face up to this winter then and hopefully in early 2013 we will be up and active, with a name such as the JackHigh club for the partially sighted. Plans are in hand to travel to Bradley next season to take on Touchwood on their new all-weather green!!


Ivor Williams

Penrhyn New Hall.