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FREE Ten Pin Bowling -13 Sept!

Free Ten Pin Bowling!

FREE Ten Pin Bowling with Genesis Management

Are you up for a free game of Ten Pin Bowling?

Come and join TPT volunteers on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Meeting at 1.20pm at the Passenger Assistance Reception at Euston Station,

This is a FREE activity for up to 15 people

Contact : Katrina Sheppard at volunteering@pocklington-trust.org.uk or

Call:  07773 582708

Link Up volunteers

Please remember that you can also arrange Link Ups with volunteers for other events that take your fancy.  Simply call  Thomas Pocklington Trust on  07773 582708 and someone will get back to you. (We have to reserve the right to decide if events are unsuitable for a Link Up volunteer, but this is very rare).

Visit Thomas Pocklington Trust website  to  find out more: http://bit.ly/2vJLvnO



Vision Impaired Ten Pin Bowling Tournament with ELVis!

Vision Impaired Ten Pin Bowling Tournament
Namco Funscape, 37-39 Kew Foot Road, Richmond, London, TW9 2SS
10.30 - TBC
07914 770909
09th September 2017
TBC - Ring to Confirm

Vision Impaired Ten Pin Bowling Tournament

East London Vision will be holding an inter-borough bowling tournament at Namco Funscape in The Brewery in Romford, Teams from each of the seven boroughs we work in will compete for the chance of being crowned the bowling champions!

Ten pin bowling strike s animated gif by Groink
Ten pin bowling strike s animated gif

Gif created  by Groink

Date: Saturday 9th September Time: 10:30 for an 11:00 start
Venue: Namco Funscape, 37-39 Kew Foot Road, Richmond, London, TW9 2SS

We’ll be asking people to arrive at and each team will then play three games, all lasting an hour, with an hour for lunch in between.  The team which has scored the most points at the end of their three games will be declared the winners!
Each borough will be asked to form a team of five people, and there will also be a volunteer on each team.
This event will be free, as a way for ELVis to say thank you to everyone for all of the hard work that you put in to running and maintaining all of the groups.

If you’re interested in attending please contact Nicola    
Contact: nicola@eastlondonvision.org.uk or on 07914 770909


Vision Impaired Bowls England Squad in Israel Test Series – included four Metro members!

England VI Bowls team in Israel

On 21 May this year Visually Impaired Bowls England sent a squad to Israel,
to participate in a four country test series. The countries being Israel,
South Africa, Scotland and England.

The England squad included four Metro members. Two of these being selected
as B2 bowlers in Maureen Ryan and Harish Kumrai. Gail Hepworth and David
Mears accompanied them as Directors.

The team arrived at their Hotel in Netanya at a very respectable time in the
afternoon. This allowed plenty of time to relax before going out for an
evening meal with the rest of the team. I best not say anything about the
meal itself.

The following morning found us doing some souvenir shopping, before
travelling to one of our host clubs for practice.

There was an open tournament held at Ramat Gan bowling club between Monday
and Wednesday. This enabled some non-international Israeli bowlers to take
part. Maureen and Harish were clearly going to use these three days as a
warm up before the main competition. Whilst they were competitive, they
could not quite secure enough points in either singles or pairs to get among
the prize winners.

Thursday to Saturday saw us at Ra’nana for the international test series.
Maureen and Harish were again playing both singles and pairs. Life was made
more difficult as the two greens were very different.

Their first pairs match was against South Africa who’s skip is a current
world champion. Harish led in this match, and he was intent on winning a
medal. It was as though he had planted magnates in his bowls and the jack.
Our pair won by 27 – 5. A huge victory. Later that day Israel beat Scotland
by just 4 shots. The following day the Metro pair were to draw against a
strong Israeli pair. As a result, it was all down to the match against
Scotland. Harish and Maureen gained a comfortable lead, and then let it slip
a bit. I was getting a little fraught. However, I need not have worried our
pair went away again, winning comfortably in the end. I then rushed off to
see how Israel were getting on against South Africa. Just to make sure they
did not win by a massive number of shots. They did not, so it was gold for
Metro and England.

Harish and Maureen Israel 2016
Harish and Maureen Israel 2016

In the singles Maureen beat the South African B2, and was getting used to
that particular green. Sadly for Harish, Steve Coleman showed why he is the
current world champion. This was also Harish’s first experience of playing
at this level.

Maureen came so very close to beating the well travelled and experienced B2
from Israel, losing 21 – 18 in the end. On Saturday she played Sheila, who
was with the Scotland team. Half way through the game Maureen was well
behind on a very fast, swinging rink. At this time her Director decided he
needed to revert to front coaching. Suddenly Maureen was getting the green,
and the weight was better controlled. She eventually won the game, and with
it the silver medal. An encouraging performance from both bowlers before the
play off for next year’s world bowls.

It was helpful of Metro to send a mascot in Lea Ryan. Lea supported us
throughout. I was supplied with endless cups of tea, which is all that was
important really.

On our last full day in Israel we spent a relaxing time at the Dead Sea.
Rather hot though.

Report by David Mears.


Bowls news: Hit the Lawn, jack – New VI Bowls Sessions in East London – 26th May

Vision Impaired bowls Session in East London - Thursday 26th May!

Article from  WALTHAM FOREST ECHO May issue

Bowling club secretary Bob Belam explains how visually-impaired people can now enjoy the sport locally

This month. Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club (WBBC) will be launching a project in Lloyd Park aimed at enabling local people living with sight loss to take up and play an adapted version of bowls.

Thanks to funding and support from Motivate East, a London 2012 Olympic Games legacy project, alongside training and guidance from vision-impaired charities East London Vision and Metro Blind Sport, people from across East London can experience this sport in a supportive and friendly setting.

Waltham Forest Community Transport is providing a pick-up and drop-off service to the park in Walthamstow, removing another barrier to active participation for blind and partially-sighted Londoners.

According to the sporting body Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE), there are more than 50 clubs around the country supporting over 600 blind and partially-sighted people to play and compete in this sport. London only has two such clubs, and we will be the first located in the east of the capital.

We are delighted to be able to offer another inclusive bowling opportunity here at our club, and it is a really exciting and inspiring project to be part of. As with all vision-impaired sports there are adaptations required to make this sport accessible.

Ian Francis, a sports development officer at charity Metro Blind Sport, explains: “Blind and partially-sighted bowlers rely on good communication with their ‘spotters’ and use a ‘clock face’ principle to explain the position of a ‘wood’ in relation to the jack. “Once the jack has been rolled it is placed on a centre string running the full length of the rink, this distance is then called to all players.

“Spotters then call the wood positions, for example, ‘three feet from the jack at 12 o’clock’, to create a mental picture for the bowler. They also act as guides for players when moving around the rink and often before and after matches. ”

Without clubs such as WBBC delivering these inclusive opportunities it is extremely challenging to provide truly accessible sport, we all really value their support.

If you are vision-impaired or know someone who is, you are welcome to join us for the launch of vision-impaired bowling in Walthamstow , details below.

First Vision Impaired Bowls Session in East London

When: Starting Thu 26th May 2016
(followed by 9, 23, 30 June; 7, 21, 28 Jul; 4, 18, 25 Aug)
Time:  2.00pm  – 5.30pm
Where: WBBC, Lloyds Park off Forest Road, Walthamstow E17.
Meeting Point: William Morris Gallery Park Entrance – 1.30pm

Nearest Tube/train: Walthamstow Central (over ground train and Victoria line). Alternatively Blackhorse Road Station and then Bus 123 to the William Morris Gallery Entrance.
Bus: 123, 34, 97, 215, 275, 357 all run nearby.

Community Transport Bus from Walthamstow Central Taxi Rank, to Lloyds Park – TBC.

This is a unique opportunity for Vision Impaired people of East London to play the wonderful sport of bowls, on their own doorstep in a supported club setting. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert, we would urge you to come along and pass on your expertise or learn more about this game.

For more information and to confirm your place please contact Nicola Stokes at ELVis,
Mob: 07914 770909  Tel. 020 3697 6464
Email: nicola@eastlondonvision.org.uk
Or Ian Francis (Sports Development Officer) Metro Blind Sport,
Tel. 07814 751643, Email: ian.francis@metroblindsport.org




Eric Gallacher wins Silver in Weston-Super-Mare.

Eric Gallacher wins Silver in Weston-super-Mare

Metro’s Eric Gallacher faced some stiff opposition in the Weston-Super-Mare Visually Impaired Singles Bowls Tournament, held on the greens of Clarence Park from 5th to 8th May.

Eric was beaten to the Lions’ Cup and Gold medal by Berkhamstead’s Sarah Marshall in the B1 category. Eric was victorious in 6 of his games, amassing 18 points with a shot difference of +57.

Other Metro members’ performances included  strong challenges in the Open section (B2-B4+) from Maureen Ryan (21 pts, diff.+73) and Gail Hepworth (21 pts, diff.+53), while Bill James finished with 12 points.  Jackie Venus (B2) fared less well, losing all her games.

Our best wishes go to George Phillips who was forced to withdraw from the B1 competition after the first day due to ill-health.

Full results can be found on the Visually Impaired Bowls England website at: