Seniors bowled over by club's support
PUBLISHED: 17:53 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:53 10 September 2013
A TEAM of senior ex-servicemen, who took part in a special bowling match this weekend, have said a big thank you to the club which has been their life-line.
Four of Clarence Bowling Club’s senior gentlemen went head-to-head against representatives of ‘The Class of 2013’ on Sunday. The four former members of the British Army, Navy and RAF proved the passing of age is no barrier to a good game, as their combined age reaches a staggering 365 years.
Bob Cornwall, Bert Cheffers, Dick Jackman and John Stewart are the four who will be pitting their bowling skills against some of Clarence’s youngest players. They say that being involved in the sport is not just simply about playing a game.
John, aged 94, of Bristol Road Lower, is a former RAF serviceman and has been playing bowls for 23 years.
He joined the club at the same time he started playing the game, when he moved from Scotland after retiring.
He said: “The club has been a life-saver to me. When my wife died I was left on my own. The bowling club was there and that is where I have concentrated my attention.
“I enjoy playing the game but I also enjoy the social aspect. It gives me company and keeps me active
“My philosophy in life is ‘look for the good and you’ll find it’.”
Ex-army man Bob, aged 93, is an ex-president of the club and plays for Somerset.
He said: “I’ve been playing the game since 1983 and have been with the club for 25 years.
“It’s a very friendly club and playing bowls is better than watching TV all day. I never get lonely, I know everyone here and it’s like a second home.”
While the club has certainly proved a great social hub for many of its members it also allows them to help the community and charities.
Dick, aged 88, has been a member for 11 years and said: “One of my most memorable moments was when I won the charity competition.
“We play every Monday and put money in, and whoever has the most points can pick a charity to donate the money to.”
Dick, of St Clements Court in Worle, has won the competition twice and chose to help the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which helps youngsters who are seriously ill in hospital, and an organisation which helps children with cleft palates.
Dick added: “Clarence is a great club and we won the Best of England Club award last year.
“It is more than just a bowling club, it’s very sociable and it brings the community together. I think it is a very important part of Weston.
“I enjoy the game and the company. It takes up a lot of my time, but I’ve got plenty of that.
“It keeps me going and it’s an important part of my life.”