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Gidea Park welcome Chelsea Pensioners

PUBLISHED: 13:25 17 July 2012

Pupils from Frances Bardsley School tried bowls at Gidea Park

Pupils from Frances Bardsley School tried bowls at Gidea Park

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Bowls club stage special match

As part of its centenary celebrations, Gidea Park Bowling Club is hosting a special match against the Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea tomorrow (Wednesday, 2pm).

The mixed team of Chelsea Pensioners will be turning out in their traditional red coats, against a Gidea Park side made up of members who either fought in the Second World War, Korean War, or previously served in Her Majesty’s armed services.

Club President Derek Metson said: “The club is delighted to be hosting this four rink, mixed match and we hope to attract members of the public to an unforgettable afternoon of bowling.”

Last week the club donated artefacts to the newly opened Romford Museum, including some old lignum vitae (hard wood) bowls and copies of recently published book on the club’s history, written by local author and bowler David Edwards ‘The Gidea Park Bowling Club 1912-2012: The First One Hundred Years’.

Local sporting hero Sir Trevor Brooking OBE officially opened the Museum in Romford High Street.

Earlier this month, local schools Marshall’s Park and Frances Bardsley accepted the invitation from Gidea Park to send pupils to receive some basic coaching in the game of lawn bowls.

In addition, the club has organised a series of VIP club matches: it recently played the Royal Household at Windsor Castle; and on Friday, September 21, the club hosts a representative side from Bowls England.

Throughout its centenary year the club is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and the Haven House Children’s Charity.

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