Sunday, 10 November 2013

End of year round up

Muswell Hill – bowled over by busy year!

Muswell Hill Bowling Club is celebrating the end of a busy and successful bowling season. With the help of our new website, the club has been delighted to see interest flourish and new membership grow this year. New joiners have included younger and more family members, giving the club a more informal feel. They’ve also helped the club make its mark in local competitions this year.

The combination of newer and more experienced players means that the club has won the majority of the matches they’ve played this summer. They were runners-up in the 2013 Coronation Cup, which is held each year at the Friary Park club and also semi-finalists in the 2013 President’s Cup. Next year they will be rejoining the Bertie Joel Trophy competition and aim to have a full compliment of fixtures for 2014, which will help drive their reputation as serious contenders. Richard Johnstone is the new club champion, having narrowly beaten John Ellis in this year’s club final.

The good news from this season hasn’t just been limited to local competitions. With help from members have been coaching pupils from nearby Fortismere school. Under club champion Richard’s careful eye, pupils from the school have spent end of term afternoons getting to know the gentle art of bowls.

Lucie Philips is the teacher who led this initiative at Fortismere. She told the club:
“We’ve had a great time at Muswell Hill bowls club - the kids are really getting in to it! We’ve called it the Fortismere bowls enrichment programme. I’d hoped we could do this throughout the year, but as the club is closed during winter, this is hopefully something we’ll do again in spring next year.”

Richard has also coached other children and adults from disadvantaged groups, including a group from Kith and Kids in Tottenham, who joined him and club captain John Ellis for a day on the green in August. Rich Pickup from Kith and Kids, said
“We brought along four young adults with learning disabilities. They really appreciate time in the outdoors and this was a wonderful opportunity to try something different and learn a new skill.”

Haringey Councillor Gail Engert who is a supporter of the club and mingled with members at their recent AGM where captain John Ellis reflected on the year’s successes:
“We still have a way to go and plans to expand membership further in 2014 – but we’ve been really pleased to see interest grow in the club this year. We have a lovely peaceful and historic green which we are only too pleased to offer to the local community.  Indeed, as well as new members, we’re also on the lookout for gardening volunteers to help us tend the flowerbeds around the bowling green which are in need of some love and attention. For now we’d like to thank the many that have supported the club in 2013 and encourage any new members or enquiries about events to get in touch with us at:”