It’s the end of the road for Avenues

The Norfolk Women's Bowling Association has said farewell to one of its oldest clubs.

The Avenues WBC, which once boasted a more than 60 playing members, is to close after 77 years due to dwindling numbers.

It had been one of the first clubs to affiliate to Norfolk County in 1954 and was then known to be the only all ladies club in the county.

It went on to produce three county presidents while Avenues members won every possible competition.

In 1972 the late Blanche Forton, having been runner-up in the Norfolk two-wood singles, went on to the national final, again finishing as runner-up.

Every year the Norwich club entertained touring sides and were popular with all their visitors, who will fondly recall the afternoon teas in the little clubhouse.

In 2009, the club celebrated its 75th anniversary, with presentations made by Bowls England president Dennis Cousins and the Norfolk ladies' president Christine Webb.

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Sadly, during recent years, some members have moved away or become too infirm to bowl and no new members came forward, leaving the club unable to carry on.