When I caught indoor bowling on TV I fancied having a go and marvelled at how they got the curve of the ball right to reach the Jack.
When a man with a guide dog, who I barely knew, said he was getting interested people together for Crown Green Bowling, I thought I would give it a go. Luckily a few people who attended had bowling experience for those of us with no idea!
I learnt how the balls…um I mean woods are weighted on one side to make it curve towards the Jack. Although the greens appear completely flat they have areas which have gradients away from the centre of the ‘Crown’ which we have to get used to and learn how to use the weight in the woods with the variation in gradient on the green (this is where the name ‘crown green’ comes from).
Now I and my guide dog Maggie meet several other people and dogs, who wait patiently, while we play the gentle game, sometimes holding competitions and planning trips! Our helpers are fantastic, standing in their hi-vis jackets marking where the jack is that we need to aim for, and preparing tea and coffee refreshments during the 2-hour session.