New era for bowl­ing club

Ral­ly­ing call in bid to set up women’s team

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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

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