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Test Dummy: Lawn Bowls

Lydia Stockbridge 31/07/2017 Guest Writer Summer. The cold, dark days of winter are behind us and it’s time to embrace the sunshine. Here in Guildford, we’ve waited eagerly for the Lido to open its doors and for the summer festivals to sprout up on Stoke Park. But for those in the know, one of the most quintessential of English summer pastimes is already off to a rolling start in the beautiful gardens of Guildford Castle: Lawn Bowls.  Bowls is one of the oldest sports in history, with some records dating back as far as 5000 BC. Heralded as the ‘Sport of Kings’ by King Edward III and his cohorts, it was actually the Scots who laid the foundations for the modern game played today. There are many variations on the game: the French play Petanque, in Italy it’s Boucca, or Basque Bowls in Spain; the sport has a rich cultural heritage wherever it’s played.   And Castle Greens Bowling Club is no different. The club passed its 90th birthday back in 2013 but the green itself dates to the 1600s, suggesting that bowls was played in Guildford many moons before the club...

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