Short mat bowls

Our Short Mat Bowls club began in August 2002, when Ruskington Bowls club kindly donated a mat to us.  Short mat bowls uses the same bowl as outdoor, but is played indoors on a short mat. A 'block' is placed in the centre of the mat ensuring that bowls are 'curved' into the jack creating a challenging game.

The group meet on Tuesdays evenings in our hall, at 7:30pm. When there are sufficient people, we can play on two mats.

The standard of play ranges from absolute beginners to those with much more experience, and friendly, supportive coaching is given to those who are newer to the game.

If you are interested in coming along and trying your hand (and arm and eye!), you will be welcomed.

At Riverside, we know it is important to have fun! To this end, we have a number of social activities each week.

On Tuesdays evenings, our Short Mat Bowls club meets in the hall. Again, you do not have to be old to play bowls as part of this friendly group.

On Wednesday mornings, a gentle exercise class takes place at the church. This is particularly aimed at older people and those with limited mobility or a restricted ability to engage in more vigorous workouts.

These groups are always open to new people, both within the church fellowship and those who are not regular worshipers at Riverside - the more the merrier

At Riverside, we set great store on our work with youth and children, but that does not mean that we forget the older members of our fellowship, which is where All Rounders comes in.

Where we came from

The Guild (formerly called The Women's Guild until they added a few men to their number!) were a fairly traditional midweek meeting for retired women. Their meetings took place over a shared lunch, and included a devotional time led by the members and often an invited speaker. As is the way in so many of these groups, membership fell, and it became harder and harder to find new speakers, especially those that were close enough not to need large travelling expenses, which were always met out of the Guild's own funds, which in turn were raised by personal subscription. These circumstances came together to make the group in its old format unviable.

What now?

After spending time in discussions and prayer a new vision for the group has been determined, and with it, a new name! All Rounders meet fortnightly in the church. There will not be any formal membership to the group, and anyone is welcome to attend, although the group is primarily aimed at Senior Citizens.

Some of the All Rounders members like to begin with lunch in The Source Cafe, providing a relaxed and informal setting for an inexpensive light lunch. Others like to have lunch at home before coming to All Rounders. The meeting usually begins with a short act of worship, usually with traditional hymns, readings, and a short address. Anyone who appreciates this form of spirituality is both welcome and encouraged to attend - you do not need to be a Riverside regular.

Please use the contact page to enquire when the next meeting is, or look at the weekly notice sheet in church.

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