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2015 Norwegian Visit

Bedfordshire Goes International

Sunday 8th February saw Bedfordshire host the first ever International Carpet Bowls match against a team from Norway. The match was arranged by the English Carpet Bowls Association Chairman and played at Colmworth.

The Norwegian players were collected from their hotel and arrived at Colmworth ready to play. There were six players. Who had won their chance to represent Norway, in the first Norwegian national competition. The Bedfordshire team were selected by the County Chairman.

Travelling with the Norway squad were health leaders from Halden, who are promoting carpet bowls in Norway. Along with Tommy Dahlgren (Chairman Bowls Sweden) who is assisting in the development of Carpet Bowls in Scandinavia.

The match started with a couple of Triples games then a coffee break followed by Triples and Fours before a super lunch provided by the Bedfordshire hosts. After lunch the Mayor of Bedford joined us and watched a demonstration fours and pairs before trying his hand too, and meeting the delegates from Norway and Sweden.

The Bedfordshire team were impressed with their opposition who were very enthusiastic despite having only played the game for a short time. It was a fun day and a pleasure to meet them. The result was a Bedfordshire win! But this was not important, as this was an opportunity for the Norwegian players and leaders to study carpet bowls in England and to hone their skills.

A huge thank you goes to the visitors for a fantastic day and to the following Bedfordshire players for their help with transport, food, setting-up, playing and making our visitors so welcome; Shirley Knapton, Sandra Lee Dell, Trevor & Christine Tumber, Keith & Janet Cockings, Harold & Patricia Ball, Betty Johnson, Paul & Lyn Hurren and Mike Walker for making all the arrangements .