Sidmouth, as with most other Devon bowling clubs is suffering from gradually reducing membership.

Sidmouth, as with most other Devon bowling clubs is suffering from gradually reducing membership. To counteract this, the enthusiastic membership secretary Brian Smith has been organising taster and training sessions to encourage new bowlers. One of the training sessions was held last Friday when a number of prospective new members were given a training session by experienced coach Trevor Wilkins. Anyone interested in having a try at bowls should contact Brian at the club on (01395) 513082. They will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome, excellent coaching and even free coffee. People who attend these sessions are provided with the necessary bowls etc and so there is no financial outlay at that stage.Ottery do not have any indoor rinks but nonetheless, keep their club together during the winter months by playing away at other clubs. This lack of practice does hinder them to some degree and last Sunday, Sidmouth won by a large margin against them. The final score of course does not in any way reflect the purpose or enjoyment of these visits: G Cronk, D Jamison, J Wrench, G Lisk (skip) 27-14; P Wrench, M Hunt, R Denning, S Burnand (skip) 32-7; C Hunt, J Quinn, G Tiley, L Tobias(skip) 20-10.On Saturday, Sidmouth once again entertained Exonia and proved what a competitive club they are, winning on all three rinks with an overall score of 41-78: B Farmer, B Haynes, J Farmer, P Norvill (skip) 14-27; D Lever, D Taylor, E Mills, S Burnand (skip) 20-23; J Quinn, E Taylor, C Turner, T Pritchard (skip) 15-28.I have often wondered why the name of the small white or coloured ball we cast up first of all in the game, is called the 'jack'. I have done some research and it appears that it simply means, smaller, as in, 'jack rabbit' being a small rabbit. So there we are. We learn something every day.