Sunday 7th July saw me visit the now familiar Railway Bowling Club in Great Lever. Amateur bowlers were competing for the British Heart Foundation Trophy and the George Johnson Plate. As well as enabling keen bowlers to compete in a tournament this event also raised over £600 for the British Heart Foundation. I was surprised by the large number of participants and spectators when I arrived. Organisers, competitors and spectators were very welcoming and accommodating towards my needs. Everyone seemed to know each other, there was lots of camaraderie and banter. Although the atmosphere was very jovial there was a sense of tension in the air – some competitors were there to win! The hot sunshine contributed to the moment – the pace was gentle, there were lots of people chatting, laughing and lounging in chairs sipping cold drinks. After the competition had finished I felt privileged to be able to have a go – enjoyable but not as easy as it looks!