Su­per bowl

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

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

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