Maulden is lucky to have a really excellent lawn bowls club here in the village. A lot of people living locally may not have known that it is situated at the end of Moor Lane (and can be reached by a footpath from Duck End Lane). Hidden away, it is really a little sporting gem in the heart of Maulden.
Formed in 1923, the club has just completed its 90th season and it continuing to gain strength and members.
It is competitive at a national level, having recently sent a team to the National Championships as well as keenly competitive in local leagues (which include, for instance: Ampthill, Stotfold, Henlow, Flitwick, Hitchin, Biggleswade teams).
The club has a famous licensed bar, which is very friendly, and a hall that can be hired for events. It has been regularly mentioned in the local papers, and favourably so.
The club has a good range of equipment that beginners can borrow to start off with, and the members can arrange friendly and professional tuition.
The Season for outdoor bowling starts in April, and runs through into the autumn.
Lawn Bowls – a Sport for all Ages.
The national governing body for bowls says this:
Bowls truly is the sport for all regardless of age, sex or physical ability. It is a sport that takes just seconds to learn – and the rest of your bowling career to master.
With more than 2,500 clubs across England, there’s bound to be one near to you. And bowls is a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join a club or ‘pay and play’ at your local park.
You will find below a basic introduction to the sport, but for more information contact your nearest club – click here for details.
The object of the sport of bowls is essentially simple. It is played on a square of closely cut grass called ‘the green’, which is divided into playing areas called rinks. The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centrelines of each rink.
Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball, often referred to as ‘the jack’ at the other end. Bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct line.
The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end – one point is scored for each counting bowl.
There are many different formats to the game, but the most common in England are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.
Join Maulden Bowls Club
Maulden Bowls Club seeks new and experienced members to join. As a social and outdoor sport, the club already appeals to dozens of local people, including a strong cohort from the under 30’s. Yes, bowls is not just for the retired, but is played at a high level by young and active adults as well.
Membership is available to anyone from the age of 10 upwards. The club is non-discriminatory.
So, as the weather starts to improve, why not make a date and go and see if bowls is for you?
Contact point is S Jennings on 01525 405483 / Mobile 07778181015