Paulton Bowls Club: That time of the year has arrived, where we tidy up and put the green to bed for the winter, the weather obviously had other ideas and we have had one of the hottest weeks of the season; well nature does like to have her little jokes.

The Macmillan coffee morning and afternoon role-up garnered the goodly sum of £500 for the charity and a thank you must go May Francis and to all those who worked so hard for its success.

The final game in the Ladies League was away against Street, but despite some close rinks the ladies only triumphed on one, we do hope for better things next year though.

The mixed friendly away at Fry’s on Wednesday must have been on the hottest day of the year causing the teams to agree to a shortened number of ends, however a great day was had by all and the refreshments most welcome which made the trip very worth while.

Saturday, on another sultry afternoon, saw the annual tussle for the mixed teams, Jones and Hingey Challenge Cup against South Petherton, come to its conclusion with Paulton retaining the cup for a second year. Well done to this years team.

Sunday, with a sudden apparent change to weather conditions in the morning which turned heated again by match time, we held the penultimate game of the season with the Presidents vs Captains challenge, always an enjoyable match with much banter and hilarity with the Presidents side winning by the narrowest of margins.

Sunday evening three teams from the club tried a different game when we joined the regulars at the Red Lion for their

monthly quiz as they had generously decided to donate the proceeds towards the new roof for the Club House conservatory. We would like to express our appreciation to The Red Lion and all those who put their work and effort in to making this evening such a success in raising a helpful sum for the roof, which will hopefully be on before winter, especially as one of our teams came top of the form. It is wonderful when communities come together in such mutual support, so thank you to all.

The final match of the season will be the Ladies, Doreen Holley Trophy on Tuesday 13th while the green closes officially at the end of the week and I look forward to returning in 2024 to report on next seasons adventures.

However, the social side of the club continues throughout the autumn and winter on Fridays with many special events being planned.