A sure marker of summer approaching, Stornoway Bowling Club's Open Season begins this weekend as the Green officially opens for 2016 on Friday, April 22nd.
And it is hoped to see some new faces as all are welcome to play or join as Club Members and test their bowling skills in club competitions.
“It's called the friendly game and I find it a very relaxing,” said Stornoway Bowling Club President Bob Walker.
“There's a good social element to the club, and also the fact that everyone is on a level playing-field – there's no segregation of the sexes, men and women compete against each other, the only exception being the Men's Championships and Women's Championships competitions,” he continued.
“We invite anyone to come along and join us, it would be good to have some new blood in the Club.”
Stornoway Bowling Club came into being in 1922, established by isles' landowner Lord Leverhulme and opened by celebrity of the time, Scottish music hall and vaudeville theatre singer and comedian Sir Henry 'Harry' Lauder.
Still housed on the same site at Bayhead, Stornoway, as 'Harry' opened in the early 1920s, the modern-day Club was bolstered in the early 1990s with the creation of a Club Committee.
Main drivers spearheading developments were Malcolm 'Mocco' Macleod, Donnie Petrie, Jim Scobie, Allan MacRitchie, Alex France and Teresa Anderson; and in 1995 the newly built Clubhouse and remodelled Green were opened to take the Club into the new millennium.
Now open to members and guests six days a week, the Club also regularly welcomes non-members interested in playing, every Thursday night from 7pm during open season which runs until mid-September.
“Anyone can come along and play on Thursdays, at a cost of only £2,” said Bob.
“If people want to compete, then they must become members and annual cost for membership is £65 a season.”
Bob explained that much of the funds generated by membership fees go towards upkeep of the bowling green – and that the Club are beginning a three-year programme of Green maintenance following damage caused by flooding.
“Fertiliser, equipment...everything needed to get the Green back in order, it's our biggest expense,” he added.