This year’s President’s day was the 70th birthday of the club and President Mal Croson from Cottesmore decided to perpetuate this theme.
The day before saw the ladies busy at the venue decorating in this style with union jacks, white tablecloths and flowers galore from their own gardens and from the generous Rutland roadside where this year tall graceful grasses are in abundance.
Sunday dawned with golden sunshine and early afternoon bowlers arrived in their chosen style of ‘forties dress with land girls, teatime dresses, gas masks, nurse, turbans and of course the President himself with his GI bride of 50 years, Margaret as ever by his side.
Winner of ‘best dressed’ judged by the President was another ex-President Jonny Abbott who was a farmer carrying a bundle of corn.
A non serious game of bowls took place with some of the above garments disbanded due to the heat of the day; passers by must have thought it very strange to see our different dress code and at one point an overhead aircraft seemed to be taking a great deal of interest in the green.
We must have been noticeable as a gentleman from the village originally just an interested bystander joined us for tea.
A young visitor, newly arrived in the village, patiently observed from the side for some time and then typical of the friendly attitude of this club was given the opportunity to replace one of the team and have a go.
Hopefully both will return to try out the sport now that they know we are a slightly mad but very sociable crew.
One to one tuition is always on hand from trained coaches at the club free of charge. Indeed a recently local school visit proved very popular with the pupils.
A delicious buffet tea was next on the agenda, prepared by Marge Hart from Melton Mowbray and her lady helpers. What a spread before us? All washed down with a ‘little something’ from the bar.
To round off the day not only were we raising funds for our own refurbishment project at the club but we were also welcoming back again the Melstrum Ukuele Orchestra who spend their time entertaining audiences simply because they enjoy it and also to raise funds for the Dove House Hospice near Melton. Their irresistible sense of fun and toe tapping music brought the room to life and with doors and windows open on this very warm evening the audience were soon putty in their hands.
The committee of the Market Overton Bowls Club would like to thank everyone who came and supported the afternoon and evening whether bowlers or otherwise.
Work is to go ahead shortly, thanks to Cory Environment, to add a unisex disabled toilet to add to our already considerable amenities.
The club room is used by the community free of charge for functions in an effort to put something back to the village.
Anyone interested in joining us or wanting to ‘have a go’ without pressure or embarrassment is welcome to contact 01572 812233 where arrangements can be made. No equipment is required other than flat rubber soled shoes.