Over 60 short mat bowlers and their supporters from all over and around the Epping Forest District took part in the 21st Annual Bowls Gala Day hosted by the Council`s New Horizons 50+ Scheme on Thursday 28th October.
The event which was held at Epping Sports Centre, attracted 16 teams from short mat bowls clubs as far as Sheering in the north to Woodford in the south, who played a full days bowls, which was eagerly watched by District Council Chairman Cllr. Anne Grigg.
A fun and competitive day was had by all, but the players from Upshire Bowls Club were certainly on top form on the day, with their team successfully winning their half, resulting in them facing the Queens Hall (North Weald) team in the final.
Cllr. Grigg was delighted to be present on the day, to watch the very closely fought matches between all of the teams taking part in the event and to witness the obvious enjoyment had by everyone involved “ including the spectators.
In her speech, she thanked the Council`s Sports Development team for organising the event, which was a tremendous success and for the assistance of the many helpers that were involved in providing teas, raffles, scoring and umpiring on the day, all of whom were of retirement age themselves.
She then took great pleasure in presenting the Upshire team with the Bowls Gala Championship Trophy and the Queens Hall team with their runners up awards.