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                                                             Shelley-Anne Salisbury and Judy Marcus in competitive mode
                                                                  (Photos: Judy Marcus and Shelley-Anne Salisbury)
                                                         Anyone for… Bowls?                                  equipment and relaxing rules
                               JUDY MARCUS                                                                   by allowing the use of adaptive
                                  s part of my role as a Suburb                                              where necessary. Shelley-Anne
                                   News roving reporter I am                                                 and I spoke to a member with
                               A sent out by the editors to  ball) to try to hit smaller balls  started to relax into it and noticed  Parkinson’s disease who couldn’t
                               discover hidden treasures of the  (Jacks) previously rolled by the  how my aim really improved.  play for the full two hours and this
                               Suburb. A few weeks ago I was  teams to certain predetermined  The day’s worries disappeared as  was accommodated without any
                               lucky enough to be invited, along  positions on the Green. The Bowls  I concentrated on getting the  issue. The emphasis is very much
                               with co-editor, Shelley-Anne  are designed to curve making  positioning correct. Time  on getting people in to play. Michael
                               Salisbury, to Bishopswood Bowling  achievement of the objective a  somehow slowed down and we  Spiro, in his role as president, has
                               Club for a complimentary bowls  real skill.         were in another world and then  introduced an open gate policy to
                               lesson, tea and biscuits included.  Long term member and trainer  there was the sudden clanging  encourage passers-by to pop in
                                 The Club is in a secluded  Michael no.2, explained a careful  sound of an old-fashioned school  and see what’s going on. He wants
                               corner of Lyttleton Playing Fields,  yet slinging movement was  bell calling everyone in for half-  to appeal to a younger demographic
                               backing onto Norrice Lea and  needed: this movement was  time tea. A much needed hot  and has invited local schools in to
                               the synagogue.            surprisingly tricky and I needed to drink and chocolate biscuit –  try out the game. Michael would
                                 Upon our arrival, we were  crouch and really hold my balance  bowls is surprisingly demanding.  also like to encourage more
                               greeted enthusiastically by two  while throwing – excellent for  The tea break was also a lovely  female members.
                               Michaels – Michael Spiro (Michael  those core muscles!. When I tried  opportunity for everyone to catch  I remember walking past the
                               no.1) and Michael Hart (Michael  a hard lob it would send the ball  up and have a natter.  Club over the years and thinking it
                               no.2), the Club president and Club  out of ‘court’ but a too restrained  Tea break over, Shelley-Anne  was not aimed at someone like me
                               captain respectively. The rest of  throw resulted in the ball falling  and I (we had both demonstrated  but I could not have been more
                               the Bowls players were just setting  very short of where I was aiming  excellent tea drinking skills) went  wrong. Bishopswood Bowling Club
                               up on the immaculate Green; they  (all a bit embarrassing). Michael  back onto the Green and watched  is an open, welcoming space,
                               seemed very happy to be there.  no.2 remained patient and non-  some of the more experienced  bringing together people from all
                               We were definitely the new kids on  judgemental. He was just concerned  players. We saw one gentleman  walks of life to the Suburb, some
                               the block but were made to feel  that we were enjoying the game.  use a specially adapted ‘grabber’  local and some from afar. I can
                               extremely welcome.        Watching the other players, I could  to prevent overarching his back.  see why they make the journey.
                                 The Club was an oasis of calm,  see that they were serious about  The Michaels explained how they  For more information speak
                               a park within a park. The sun came  the game and complied with the  have been successful in supporting  to Michael Spiro on 8058 2212 or
                               out and there was a gentle breeze.  rules, but they were also there to  members with physical challenges  email
                               We were in for a treat.   enjoy themselves, and there was a
                                 The aim of the game is strategic  real sense of camaraderie. After
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