with staff at VASLan – and the Big Lottery awarded the gents £9,995.
The money was used to replace donated equipment which means the males can venture out of the house for a few hours to enjoy playing with a collection of super new bowls.
Morton Anderson, 74, has been running the group for more than 15 years. And the retired milkman explained the group gives people, many of whom feel stress at home, a chance to get out and about to have a joke and a chat with some old or even new friends.
“It’s been going since 1975,” Morton explained.
“Some of the men have no wives and were sitting in the house so it gets them out for a bit of a laugh – and you need that at our age.
“It gives them a bit of company and something to do.
“It’s not just a club for bowls, it’s a social group. And the equipment we had was all old but with the new equipment we can do it right.”
Len Watson, 72, is a fine example of how the group has given the men a break to meet new people by taking part in a non-competitive sporting activity. The Cambuslang resident was feeling the strain of helping his wife Doreen, 72, who was diagnosed with cancer and found bowls as a way of reliving his stress.
He said: “My wife’s illness has cleared up now but she had cancer at the time and went through a pretty rough time.
“I ended up coming here because she was very ill and I wanted out of the house just to get away from the problems.
“I love it here, it’s good company and we have nice wee extra social nights. I don’t miss a game.”
Members are now hosting open days on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout February to give new bowlers a taste of the sport and the camaraderie on offer.
Tommy Walter, 69, and myself joined in for the first time and my fellow newbie was getting to grips with it rather quicker than I was.
I had bowls running out the door and down Fernhill Road and some which stopped well short of the white jack.
But one thing you can be guaranteed is good company and a bit of ‘encouragement’ from the gents when you are not playing at your best.
“It’s just a fun game, we don’t count scores or anything,” said David Ross, 78, from Spittal. “We come here for the great company.”
Treasurer Danny Williamson, 78, has been attending for seven years. He said: “We pay £2 every time we come and it goes towards something to eat like chips or pies and it pays rent for the hall.
“I’ve been coming here for seven years – I hadn’t been doing much so thought I’d give it a go.
“You don’t have to be a member of a bowling club and anyone can come along to the open days.”
Game on William Martin is a tough competitor Tea break Secretary Jeanette Oliver and John Laurie
Neck and neck Len Watson bends a shot in near the jack
Easy does it Hugh Campbell gathers his bowls
Easy does it Tommy Colins
On a roll Morton Anderson