Making bowling great again: Community Clothing and the East Lancs Crown Green Club
Could we love Patrick Grant even more? To celebrate ‘ fellowship in an age of division,’ Community Clothing (Grant’s social enterprise) has joined forces with the East Lancs Crown Green Bowling Club. As part of a community relationship-building exercise, the clothing brand invited the club’s septuagenarian members to model their fine selection of not-so-basic-basics. The photographs are now proudly on display in the latest issue of Clarion the Community Clothing magazine. Based in Blackburn near to Grant’s textile factory, the club was established 1867 and is one of the oldest in the world. Bowling takes place all year round, come rain or shine, and as the feature states, ‘The game requires a great deal of skill and tactical nous.’ Which reminds me of the hours I spent as a child watching my dad compete at the local bowling green. I hadn’t thought about this for a long time and then my desk buddy mentioned her hen party 11 years ago, when we went to a bowling alley and, never having played before, I had a natural talent for the game. Must’ve inherited the skills from Mr Ralph Walsh.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with Community Clothing, and if you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a huge fan. ‘We’re called Community Clothing because we’re of the community and for the community’ says Grant; who better to showcase the range than Jim, Julie, Geoff and Dorothy and their teammates from the East Lancs Crown Green Bowling Club.
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Photography: Lee Smillie @leesmillie_1981
Models: With thanks to East Lancs Sporting Club and its members – who say, ‘ East Lancs welcomes new members of all ages with subscriptions at a very reasonable £25 per anum. Bowls are available for beginners to borrow and new set can be bought for £90. No other specialist equipment is required. A keen competitive spirit is useful but not mandatory.’