Bowling – Outdoor

Group Leader:  Robert Kerr  Tel: 01292 440093 or contact the office 01292 260086
Location:      Northfield Bowling Green 
Day and Time:  Mondays and Thursdays 09.45 am for 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Both Outdoor & Indoor Bowling groups are keen to recruit new members.

Outdoor bowls at its most leisurely, with no pressure to win, and  the emphasis on having fun.

The municipal greens are opening up again on 26th April 2021 and we hope to see old and new members coming along to enjoy a game at Northfield. Requirements are few, apart from a pair of flat shoes (no ridges).
If you have your own bowls that’s great, however you can borrow bowls at the club.  
Payment is on a Pay As You Go basis or you can purchase a Season Ticket.
If you require any other details just give me a phone and I’ll be happy to help if I can.  Robert Kerr.

Lawn Bowls is played on a bowling green. The surface is generally grass. In countries with long winters, such as Scotland, many indoor bowling centres have sprung up where the game is played on a carpet-like surface.

While the weight required to deliver the bowl changes on these surfaces, the rules and objectives of the game are essentially the same. Lawn Bowls are available in different sizes with a mid-sized men’s bowl being between 116mm and 131mm in diameter. They are made of a hard plastic material which is able to withstand the constant contact between bowls during play. Their weight should not exceed 1.59kg. In the past all lawn bowls were either black or brown in colour. The rules have now been changed to allow bowls in virtually any colour and they are now found in every colour imaginable, even pink!

During a game the players deliver (roll) their bowls up the green, in turn, trying to finish closest to a smaller white ball called the ‘jack’.

The jack can be moved by the bowls during play. When a bowl moves the jack it is left in the new position, provided it remains within the rink boundary markers. It can also be pushed into the ditch by a bowl. In this case it remains in the ditch and the players must try to play their bowls as close as possible to the jack, at the edge of the green, without falling into the ditch. A bowl which moves the jack is marked with chalk and classed as a ‘toucher’. If it touches the jack before falling into the ditch it stays there, remains ‘live’ and may feature in the final shot count. A toucher that remains on the rink, and is later driven into the ditch by another bowl, is also a live bowl. A bowl that goes into the ditch, that has not touched the jack, is classed as being ‘dead’ and it is removed. All bowls that finish outside the side boundaries of the rink are dead.

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