Gosforth Bowlers Touring Club

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Group at Pershore
Despite its name, the Club is open to male bowlers from any club in the North-East of England.  The Club has no home green, and exists solely as a touring group.

Currently the majority of members are from the two clubs in Hexham (Elvaston and Hexham House) and the Portland Club in Newcastle.   

The 2013 visit to Pershore must have felt like a home game for those Hexham members who play in the shadow of the Abbey.
Bowlers in sun The Gosforth Tourists club was formed in 1922, and this year's successful tour to Lincoln and area was the 91st (it needed a war to halt touring between 1940 and 1945).

Tours have taken in England, Scotland (12 of the first 15), Wales, and Northern Ireland.  The five tours prior to Lincoln were to Worcestershire, York, Fife, Harrogate, and the Scottish Borders. A typical tour will include six or seven matches in the course of the week.  

There is always a putting (or pitch and putt) competition as well, not to mention dominoes.  Compared to these events the bowls is not remotely competitive!
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Club Mascot The Club's dress code may appear formal, but there is a reason.  The home clubs of our members all have separate club shirts, so the simplest way to create a "kit" is to go back to white shirt and tie.  Whether we wear grey trousers or white depends on the conventions of the clubs we visit.

Geordie, our Club mascot, is always immaculately dressed.  His main function is to sit at the end of the worst-performing rink, inspiring better efforts.
Club pennant
The one-week tour always starts on the last Saturday in June. It's an excellent way to see new parts of the country, to relax with fellow bowlers in comfortable (usually hotel) accommodation, and - of course! - to have an enjoyable game of bowls on a different green each day. 

To find out more, call GBTC Secretary Mark Terry (01434 682910) or use the Hexham Elvaston contacts page to send an email which will be forwarded to Mark.

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