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That great Ambassador of Friendship, Stuart Weaving, returned to our shores a few weeks ago with his gracious wife, Dorothy and a retinue of a score or more Lawn Bowlers from the Island of Jersey,” Chris Colverd said.

As was the case in 2018, The Lowveld was honoured to be chosen as an integral part of their journey, and so, on Tuesday, February 11, they appeared right on cue, for an afternoon of Bowls against Nelspruit Bowling Club at Matumi.  Old acquaintances were renewed, new ones forged.

The weather was not at its brightest, with the prospect of more rain overhead, but some group pictures were taken to mark the occasion. “Then the serious business began, on the Bottom Green, as I managed to capture some action shots, from the safety of the balcony. Just before three, the rain returned, but did not deter the Bowlers,” Chris continued.

“On Friday, mid-morning and Valentine’s Day, as the Stuart Weaving Friendship Foundation’s Coach sweeps into the tree-lined car park at the Sabie Country Club, in hot, sultry conditions. What a warm reception awaited, and what a fun-filled day lay ahead, as two games of bowls were contested against the locals, supplemented by bowlers from almost every club in the Lowveld, interspersed by lunch. The Room was bedecked in red, white and blue, and decorated with African Curios, to get the visitors in the mood for their forthcoming trip to Kruger Park.

There were Raffles, Auctions and a Numbers Board to help make the day memorable, and after lunch, we held a “Spider”, which raised nearly R800 for Breast Cancer awareness.

Another group photo was taken amidst a sea of red and white, the bowls finished, honours even, at 5 matches apiece, and after some wonderful socialising, reminiscing, and genuine, heartfelt thanks, that doyen of Friendship and Lawn Bowls, Stuart Weaving rode off into the sunset with his band of merry men, leaving us all bathed in the warmth of their company,” Chris concluded.

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