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It was standing room only at Erdington Court Bowls Club’s ‘Women Can and Family Fun Day’ at their Bowling Green Close home on Saturday.

Around 130 visitors and helpers turned up on what was a (rare) brilliantly sunny day, the club had featured on Good Morning Britain and ITV Central News a day before.

The event formed part of the Big Bowls Week End – promoted nationally by Bowls England with over 650 clubs opening their doors for free play and coaching.

Both the club’s full size four rink indoor arena and six rink all-weather outdoor arena were full of adults and children having their first experience of lawn bowls.

Ray Woods, marketing officer for the club and their lead on community links, said:

“It was a great day, helped by brilliant weather that brought out the crowds We were also delighted to welcome a number of VIP guests including The Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield Councillor Ken Wood and the Lady Mayoress – his wife Barbara. Paulette Hamilton MP for Erdington, a regular visitor at the Club, also attended – together with Waheed Saleem from the Witton Lodge Community Association – which has been helping to fund the Club’s Bowl For Health drop-in sessions in conjunction with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Erdington Neighbourhood Network Scheme.

“We were also delighted to share the day with other not for profit groups such as The Erdington Walking Group, The Erdington Litter Busters, Royal Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham Branch of Parkinsons UK and MS Support Sutton Coldfield and District.”

Another guest was Nicole Dyer,  head of marketing and communications for Bowls England who came with her family, and said:

“Erdington Court did a fantastic job in organising this event. This is what Bowls’ Big Weekend is all about – sharing the sport with the wider community and getting new people to give it a go. Bowls can be enjoyed by everyone, whatever their age, background, gender or ability. This was apparent on the day through the enthusiasm of all the visitors, most of whom had never played before. Everyone at Erdington Court is a credit to the sport and went above and beyond in creating a truly memorable event for all.”

Jarrod Morgan from Lichfield – one of the club’s main sponsors was also there to lend his support.

Free coaching is available at Erdington Court for prospective members by prior booking. Details of coaching, membership and the Bowl For Health Scheme can be obtained by calling 07967 686230.

The club celebrates its centenary in April 2025 and a number of special events are planned to mark the occasion.

You can visit their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk and Facebook page @ Erdington Court Bowls Club.

Caption: The Lord Mayor Councillor Ken Wood with his wife Barbara on the club’s busy all-weather bowling green

FOOTNOTE: See next month’s issue of Bowls International for a full report and photographic supplement on Bowls England’s Bowls’ Big Weekend

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