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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 14th September, 2012)

Great Acre

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Friends at Great Acre Bowling Green.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 03:29

Crown Green bowls…a short history of

The game of Crown Green Bowls originated in Lancashire and is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional lawn bowls. It is still most popular in the north of England and the West Midlands but is also played in North Wales, Scotland and Isle of Man and is spreading to other counties in England as well. In 1893 inter county matches started to take place but it was considered an amateur sport only and there was no prize money allowed. The British Crown Green Bowling Association was later founded in 1908. Crown Green Bowling teams are often affiliated to pubs and the county associations have in recent years increased from 10 – 16.
The above is an extract from :-
Janice, when does your outdoor bowling finish this season? Do you play indoor bowls in winter?
Did you know that they play nine-pin bowls in Austria? The bowling ball is half size of that used in ten-pin bowls !!
Tom, was this photo taken a short time ago?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 04:00

Tom, do you know that there are professional crown green bowlers?
Refer ;-

Comment by: Mick on 14th September 2012 at 06:40

I always wonder what Bowlers do in winter.

Comment by: Peterp on 14th September 2012 at 06:52

Wheres health & safety,no toe protection? Never played bowls watched many a game thou.A nice relaxing game.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 09:24

Does anyone know where the largest crown green is? The Guinness Book of Records website doesn`t help.
The largest crown green I`ve seen is in Queen`s Park, Heywood. They rope half of it off for a junior match !!

Comment by: Janice on 14th September 2012 at 10:41

Nice to see Crown Green featured. Well done Thomas. The outdoor summer season has just ended - last match played yesterday. I play for 3 teams in local leagues and also for the Manchester Ladies Inter-town team. The indoor season will start around the first week in October and I will play for 2 teams at Leigh Sports Village. And, Nothing stops a game of bowls, we also have a small winter league for the hardy few. I have played in rain, hail fog and even on a frozen green. It is a sport for all ages and in the Leigh area at least there are clubs who hold special coaching sessions for any youngster who can hold a bowl. Great to see.

Comment by: maggie on 14th September 2012 at 13:43

my husband is off to play just hjow - being here in the South, they play lawn green bowls, though his club does have a crown green day annually. I do not play for 2 reasons, the first, I am useless at any sport, least of all bowls, and the second, I flatly refuse to wear the uniform - women's skirts even have to be the right length! Nice to see these players wearing what they wish.

Comment by: pat on 14th September 2012 at 14:29

Answer to Mick's question - most bowlers play indoor bowls (Carpet bowls) during the Winter months. It requires just as much skill, and is just as enjoyable. I know, because I am one of these bowlers!

Comment by: alan lad on 14th September 2012 at 14:30

Peterp I often wonder why some men of the age of 60+ or so go to great lengths to stick out like a sore thumb and thats putting it lightly .

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 15:52

Janice, when I played bowls in the forties, fifties and sixties, came the slightest rain and we were off ! There was no light waterproof clothing like you have now.
The professionals play all the year round outdoors on flooded greens and ice and snow.

Comment by: bill7 on 14th September 2012 at 15:59

By the way where is JOE S,s second bowl

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 17:02

To see a photo of me refer:- Album, Places, old bowler from scholes. This photo # 8971 was taken at the Springfield Hotel in August 1956.
I`m also on photo # 8974 in Album, Places, john grindley again.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 17:06

bill7, there are 8 bowls in the photo.

Comment by: bill7 on 14th September 2012 at 18:28

Ernest spotted one behind the jeans

Comment by: bill7 on 14th September 2012 at 18:40

By the way where is JOE S,s second bowl

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 14th September 2012 at 19:33

Correction to my comment at 17:02, for Places read People.

Comment by: bill7 on 15th September 2012 at 09:15

By the way where is JOE S,s second bowl

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 16th September 2012 at 13:54

My dad, James Callaghan used to bowl for the post office in the sixties/seventies. He is 85 now and hasn't bowled for years but still bemoans the demise of the bowling greens. Anyone out there in WW remember him? Oh I still have his old woods (real Woods)

Comment by: Ken Hart on 20th September 2012 at 15:01

remember your dad well Derek,I worked with him at at Wigan office until he retired also Duggie Fishwick,hope he,s keeping well

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