Threepenny bit green

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Bob Haigh enjoys his walking in the Lake District and when the opportunity comes to combine that with visiting a new bowling green then he is not to be denied. Here he shares his latest green discovery.

I was on holiday in the South Lakes last week and while walking up to the John Barrow Memorial I got talking to a chap called Geoff who it turns out was on his way to attend to the Bowling Green at Ulverston Conservative Club.

He invited me to a bowls match -

'If you have nothing better to do on heat wave Tuesday why not come down and see us play Barrow on our threepenny bit green it's only due to be 30 degrees round here, so no danger of it being called off.'

So Tuesday afternoon about 2.30 I called in and must admit it was a sight, there was not a corner to bowl into, just an oval with dozens of little straight edges very akin to the old threepenny bit. The tea and biscuits and friendly banter were just as I expected, but unfortunately my hosts went on to lose.

I have enclosed a picture of the game in action and if you look closely you can see the Monument I had been walking to on the hilltop. There is also an ariel photo below showing the threepenny bit shape of the green.

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