Bowls club opens its doors in a bid to attract new members

A community sports club opened its doors for the weekend in a bid to bowl over new members.

By Mark Payne
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 06:00
Billingham Bowling Club holding an open weekend. Picture by Tom Banks

Billingham Bowling Club laid on activities and demonstrations to help drum up interest and boost membership.

A large model railway layout on display in the pavilion in John Whitehead Park proved popular with visitors.

A model rail layout was on display.

And Beamish Open air Museum showed off a model of a proposed

1950’s village that is under construction at County Durham museum.

Phil Lightfoot, an executive committee member of the bowling club, said: “Our pavilion was originally built in about 1952-53 and Beamish are using it as the blueprint for their 1950s village pavilion.”

The Royal British Legion also attended with a display of the work it does looking after war graves.

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Billingham Bowling Club holding an open weekend over Easter. Picture by Tom Banks

And out on the green there were bowling demonstrations and coaching sessions for people to have a go at the game.

Phil added: “We are trying to promote the club and let people know it is there for the general public.

“It is open to anybody and we have probably one of the best clubs in the area for facilities.

“We had favourable responses from the open weekend and I gave out four membership nomination forms as a result of it.”

The open weekend also included a display of Lego models.