THIS year marks the golden jubilee of Solihull Municipal Bowls Club – and members are planning to celebrate in style.
Part of Solihull Sports and Social Club and based in Brick Kiln Lane off Widney Lane it’s hailed as having one of the best greens in the West Midlands that’s attracted teams like the Hong Kong national squad to play there.
It’s also proved something of a life saver for member Mark Williams who suffers from a rare blood disease and muscle wastage but who found bowling the perfect tonic for enjoying good camaraderie and good sport as well as boosting his physical and mental health.
“I’ve only been a member for two years yet it has changed my life,” he said.
“I’d driven past it loads of times until I finally decided to give it a go and I tell you, it’s like a shining diamond in the middle of nowhere.”
It’s a mixed club and players compete throughout Birmingham and Warwickshire, enjoying considerable success over the years including England bowls semi-finalists in 2017.
“Some players are to a very high standard while others are not so good but the success of the club is how it brings all these elements together to create a tremendous atmosphere,” said Mark.
And the club is rolling out the welcome mat for anyone new to the sport to give it a go and for old hands to rekindle the flame.
“Our oldest member is 90 and the youngest is about 14 or 15 – and we’re not just a bowls club either as we have an excellent social side too,” said Mark.
For more details visit http://www.solihullbowls.club or pop along to the club’s open day from 11am on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31.