Bowls club looks to the future
Tawa Bowling Club is moving with the times and showing off its generous spirit next month.
Community bowls will run at the club for five weeks each Thursday night, beginning February 9.
Organiser Peter Nixon said it’s the fastest growing part of the sport in New Zealand and has led to rising memberships at participating clubs. ‘‘It’s something we need to embrace,’’ he said. ‘‘There has been a bit of pushback from some of our members, but more of them see it as a way to revive interest in bowls, getting more people involved.
‘‘It’s casual, not too serious and doesn’t take long, which is important as people are time poor these days.’’
Nixon said while other clubs were struggling to hold their numbers, Tawa’s membership was steady, thanks to solid membership drives each year.
All that’s required is flat shoes and a willingness to get stuck in, he said. ‘‘It’s easy to get hooked.’’ Contact Toru John - 232 6649. Meanwhile, on Waitangi Day, the club hosts its third annual charity gala.
Organiser Judy Toomer said it was a fun occasion, usually with about 20 teams taking part.
‘‘We’d not had something like this for a while [prior to 2015], so our club committee got together and said ‘let’s do it’.
‘‘The idea was met with approval across the club and it’s raised a good few dollars for charity.’’
The Arthritis Foundation received money raised first time around, and Wellington Free Ambulance last year.
Many of the bowls teams wore the charities’ colours on the green in 2015 and 2016, and Toomer said it would not be surprising if the colours of this year’s charity, the Stroke Foundation, made it out on February 6.
Members of other bowling clubs from across Wellington are very supportive, she said. There will be spot prizes and quickfire raffles. Toomer said many businesses in Tawa and Porirua have supplied goods for prizes.
Contact Trevor Rayner - 232 5615.