Open day at Gallow bowls club in Fakenham

The Gallow Bowls Club, in Fakenham, which is hosting an open day. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Gallow Bowls Club, in Fakenham, which is hosting an open day. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

A bowls club is hosting a have a go day, where potential new members can find out more about the sport.

Bowlers in the huge hall at The Gallow. Picture: Chris Bishop

Bowlers in the huge hall at The Gallow. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Gallow Indoor Bowls Club, in Fakenham, is throwing open its doors from 10am - 4pm on Sunday, September 4. Admission is free and all equipment is provided.

Competitors on the rink. Picture: Chris Bishop

Competitors on the rink. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Sally McGrath, manager at The Gallow sports centre, at Fakenham Racecourse, said: 'We've got around 400 members and we could probably accommodate another 100. There are people who aren't aware that we're here.'

She added the club welcomed players of all ages and abilities.

'We school-children and the oldest person I know who played here was 95 years old,' she said. 'As long as someone's fit enough to walk up and down they can play.'

Bowlers have four full-sized rinks inside the caverous hall. The bar/restaurant is literally next door. Membership costs £45. The club has partially-sighted players, while special wheelchairs give disabled people the chance to try the sport.

While world champions including Mervyn King and Jamie Chestney have played at The Gallow, the social aspect of the sport is important as important as the different league tables.

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'I'm not a brilliant player but I enjoy it,' said Mrs McGrath. 'I'm not a particularly competitive person but I enjoy the social side of it.

'It's a lovely place to come and sit with friends, there's always something going on here.'

There's no need to book, just turn up and play on Sunday, with all equipment provided for free. For more information, call 01328 862867.

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