New era for bowling club
Rallying call in bid to set up women’s team
ABOWLING club is opening its doors to women for the first time.
The Werneth Park Veteran Bowling Club has never had a women’s team since it opened more than 80 years ago.
But the club is hoping to draw in members of the fairer sex in its latest recruitment drive.
President Bernard Madden said: “The bowling green was laid down in the 1930s when the park first opened and our records show that Werneth Park have never had a women’s section in all that time.
“In the old days, bowling was predominantly a male sport.
“But now every other club in the public parks of Oldham has women players.
“If there are any feminists around, they could question why we don’t but we believe Werneth has missed out by not recruiting ladies.”
The club currently has 33 members and plays matches four times a week in both the Oldham Parks, Chadderton and Rochdale veterans leagues.
It is hoping to attract new members before the start of the bowling season at Easter.
Bernard added: “Should there be enough enquiries from women we would consider the formations of a ladies bowling team to play in the Oldham Ladies Bowling League.
“No experience is necessary and it’s a perfect way to get people more active and have good fun.
“There’s the social side of it all too. You get to meet a lot of people and make a lot of very good friends.
“Bowls will even be provided for you to try and see if bowling is for you so why not give it a go.”
Anyone interested in taking up crown green bowling – either men or women aged 16 and older – can visit at the clubhouse at Werneth Park, on Frederick Street, on weekdays from 1.30pm.
You can also get more information by calling Bernard on 0161 624 5854 or secretary Harry Anderton on 0161 284 5285.
●● Werneth Park Veteran Bowling Club president Bernard Madden