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Party at the Nest

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:53 05 July 2010

Action from the game between Sparrow Nest Ladies and the Suffolk County Team. PICTURE: Mick Howes

Action from the game between Sparrow Nest Ladies and the Suffolk County Team. PICTURE: Mick Howes

Mark Boggis

CELEBRATING a very special anniversary with two prestigious bowls matches - there were smiles aplenty from the Sparrow's Nest Ladies Bowls Club.

Seventy-five years of bowling at the spectacular backdrop of The Nest was honoured with two high-profile contests on the greens in the past week.

CELEBRATING a very special anniversary with two prestigious bowls matches - there were smiles aplenty from the Sparrow's Nest Ladies Bowls Club.

Seventy-five years of bowling at the spectacular backdrop of The Nest was honoured with two high-profile contests on the greens in the past week.

Last Thursday, the Bowls England Ladies team descended on Lowestoft to take on the Sparrows Nest Ladies team.

“It was absolutely brilliant, the weather was very kind and everyone enjoyed the day,” club secretary and vice president Barbara Beevor told The Journal.

The main event of the 75th anniversary celebrations saw ten counties represented as the Bowls England side hit Lowestoft.

And Angela Harris, Bowls England Ladies President said that she was “delighted” to bring the team to Sparrows Nest to meet the lady bowlers and to help celebrate their 75th anniversary.

The Bowls England Ladies team consists of 24 ladies who travel from across the country, the furthest being Durham and Gloucestershire.

Attendance was voluntary and for example the president had travelled 240 miles to play one game and then enjoy some hospitality and an overnight stay.

Between May and September the team visits 47 other clubs in England who are either celebrating their 25th, 50th, 75th or 100th anniversary.

This year, Bowls England have seen the (mens) England Bowling Association join together with the England Women's Bowls Association to form a unified group who represent 2,500 clubs and over half a million bowlers.

One of the aims of the enlarged group is to strive to have bowls recognised as an Olympic sport.

After some close contests on the greens, the players and guests all enjoyed entertainment after the match.

And Angela Harris presented the losing rinks on both sides with a little duck each, as well as handing out prizes to the winners.

“The mayor thoroughly enjoyed himself and our ladies worked so hard to make this a reality,” Mrs Beevor said.

“It was such a fantastic day.”

And the fun continued this week, as the Suffolk County Ladies team descended on Lowestoft as part of the celebrations to play Sparrow's Nest Ladies on Wednesday.

To highlight the club's success this year, four of the Nest Ladies have got through to the national finals at Leamington at the end of this month.

“In our 75th year, it's great to mark it with this success,” Mrs Beevor said.

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