A Lifetime of bowls
Story and photo by Jim Jamison
I bet you didn’t know that you can while away those lovely summer afternoons and early evenings watching something that’s been
happening for over a Century in Abbeyfield Park, the art of ‘CrownGreen’ bowling.
I went along to see the Secretary of Abbeyfield Bowling Club, 85 year old Stan Tew, who has played bowls from the tender age of eighteen. When I asked what made him take up bowls he said:
“It was a Saturday, the club were one player short, would I play? Since that day I’ve never stopped, although I couldn’t play as much when the children were young, and I was working long hours. I love the game.”
Stan suggested bowling is good for your lifestyle as it will keep you physically and mentally alive, and the social side is a bonus too.
Abbeyfield Park is a popular bowling venue for a still popular sport, with club games, league games, and competitions too. Matches are on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (for those aged over 60) andSaturday afternoons (for any age.)
To join the club and play regularly there is a small membership fee, but this is deliberately kept low. The
new season starts at the beginning of April.
The message I have taken from Stan is that he would definitely recommend bowling as an activity, and age doesn’t matter – you are never too young or too old!
For further information contact the Abbeyfield Bowling Club Secretary, Mr S G Tew on 0114 246 7291 or visit