TRADITIONALLY customers would expect to play skittles in a pub alley - but is anyone for bowls? At the Ring O' Bells in Landkey near Barnstaple landlord Chris Wingham is indulging in a little diversification and offering customers a game of short mat bow

TRADITIONALLY customers would expect to play skittles in a pub alley - but is anyone for bowls?At the Ring O' Bells in Landkey near Barnstaple landlord Chris Wingham is indulging in a little diversification and offering customers a game of short mat bowls to go with their lunchtime pint and ploughman's.He has the mat, two sets of bowls and a jack - now all he needs is a few players.Any local clubs looking for somewhere to play indoors, or even to set up a league, would be especially welcome, but all are invited to go along and chance their hand on the mat.The mat came from the local bowling club, which has bought a new one."Now people can come along at lunchtimes and have a game, or in the evenings, it's no problem," said Chris Wingham. "At the moment there's nowhere in Landkey or Bishops Tawton where teams can play, so we're hoping to start a league up."The only real difference with 'short mat' bowls is a block of wood in the centre of the mat, placed there to ensure the bowling is curved and so the woods are not fired too hard -unlike skittles, perhaps!If anyone would like a game or more information just call Chris on (01271) 830364.