A PAIR of gleaming new lawn mowers have been unveiled to mark the start of the bowls season.

Chair of Epping Forest District Council David Stallan and Peter Mioletti from the Grange Farm Trust cut the ribbon at Epping Bowls Club on Saturday (April 14), welcoming in the start of competitive fixtures and two top-of-the-range mowers.

The machines, bought in part with grant aid funding from the council and Grange Farm Trust, replace dilapidated models.

Following a glass of champagne, Cllr Stallan and Mr Minoletti tried out their bowling skills before members enjoyed their first 'roll up' of the season.

Cllr Stallan said: “Being able to come along and see the fruits of our grant funding on the first day of your new season is a great pleasure.

"We are happy to contribute to your new equipment and wish you all the very best for your future.”

Epping Bowls Club was established in 1911 and is based at Lower Bury Lane, opposite Epping St John’s School’s back entrance.

The Club is keen to recruit new members for this season and is hosting free to attend try out days on April 29 and May 27, from 10.30 am to 3.30pm.

All that is required are flat soled trainer type shoes.

Men’s Captain Ron Perryman said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding which marks a new beginning for the Club.

"We are off the beaten track so it’s good to be able to celebrate in style and promote the joy of playing bowls to a wider audience. Come and give it a try.”

Go to www.eppingbowlsclub.co.uk to find out more.