Once again we had a full house during the four nights of our annual Open Pairs Tournament in early March. Regrettably due to a directive from the Irish Indoor Bowling Association, the governing body for short mat bowls, we were unable to hold our finals night nor continue with our own club bowls for the rest of the season due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
All bowling activities and three Zone competition finals plus AGMs will be deferred to a later date.
Annahilt Parish Bowling Club was formed in the mid 1960’s and is probably the oldest club in the immediate vicinity. While a Parish organisation, membership is open and over the years has been greatly supported by those from the locality.
The club meets most Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Parochial Hall from mid-September until the end of March and participates in the Lisburn and District Indoor Bowling League. Home matches are played on Wednesday evenings and Away matches could be any weekday evening. Saturday evenings are bowling for pleasure or practice and at least once a month on a Saturday there is a competition night which counts towards annual trophies.
There is no lower or upper age-limit and all are welcome.
The main Office Bearers are:
President Rev Canon Robert Howard
Captain Miss Patricia Halliday
Vice-Captain Mr Trevor Hill
Hon Secretary Mrs Beth Harrison
Hon Treasurer Mr Nelson Mawhinney
For the last number of years the club has run a very successful Open Pairs tournament at the end of the season, when players travel from near and far and from both Northern and Southern Ireland. In more recent years the club has donated to local charities and in 2019 the chosen charity was The NI Peri-Natal Trust and the sum of £1000 was handed over to Alison Harrison-Mitchell to purchase equipment for the charity in memory of her baby daughter Sienna. Alison and her husband David have raised thousands of pounds for the charity over the past twelve years.
If anyone would like further information contact Patricia Halliday on 028 9266 5310 or Beth Harrison on 028 9267 8057.
L-R Alison Harrison-Mitchell, Patricia Halliday, Wesley Cairns (Tournament organiser) and Maureen O’Dowd, Perinatal Unit RVH.