Fundraising, friendship and fun on bowls green

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BOWLS players from Bulwell have taken the honours at a charity event supporting the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Ken Hopwood, of Meadow Rise, Hempshill Vale, and Barbara Pigott, who lives on St Albans Road, were the overall winners of the fun competition, which was organised by Brian Watson, a former leading light with the Hucknall Choral Society.

Representatives of the Bulwell branch of the RBL, including John Prichard (chairman), Ron Hickling (Poppy Appeal organiser), Graham Johnson, Paul Jackson and Lewis Norman took part in the bowls drive, which was memorable for for its fun, friendship and sporting excellence.

The event, which took place at the Basil Russell Recreation Ground in Nuthall, was supported by local bowls clubs, Nottinghamshire Police, branches of the RBL and the hosts, Nuthall Temple Bowls Club.

Thirty-two players took part in the event, which took the form of a progressive whist-style competition, with those involved playing individually but pairing up with different partners to score points in eight sets.

Mr Hopwood earned the highest number of points overall to win the Nuthall Parish Council Shield, which was up for grabs for the first time.

A raffle run by Hillier Jordan and teas provided by Betty Watson brought in £60 for RBL funds.

The Legion’s county chairman, John Jackson, described the bowls competition is “a typically British community event”.

He added: “It was good to see people of all ages enjoying a splendid game in idyllic surroundings.”

OUR PHOTO shows winners Ken Hopwood and Barbara Pigott (centre) with players and organisers and John Jackson (back centre). (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).