Alan Small, the bowls development director at the Wootton Bassett bowls club, was delighted with the outcome of the club's New Bowlers Evening last Friday – despite the atrocious weather that washed out any idea of getting on to the outdoor green.
"The day was wet and depressing, and it was raining torrentially when the evening got underway at 6pm," Small reports.
"But the intrepid folk of Wootton Bassett turned up in numbers, and we improvised a bowling lesson in the pavilion."
A talk was given about the help needed to run a voluntary bowls club, and all who attended enjoyed snacks and a free drink at the bar.
"We signed up 32 potential new members on temporary membership," Small added. "We will spend the next few weeks showing them how enjoyable the sport can be, and hope to encourage the majority of our 32 recruits to become active members."
The English Indoor Bowling Association has a message for anyone wishing to enter next winter's national championships – it is (almost) too late!
In fact, entries have to be in by tomorrow (May 1). Is it possible to meet that deadline? – To find out, contact Jane Hoyles, EIBA Competitions Administrator on 01664-481900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org without delay.