Poole residents pay nostalgic trip to bowling club

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Trip down memory lane: Former bowler Geoff Halstead pictured next to the roll of honour board at Bournemouth’s Argyll Bowling Club with close friend Sally Cummings (right) and Sarah Udall, Companionship Team Leader at Colten Care’s Canford Chase home.

Two residents at a Poole care home had a nostalgic – and emotional – visit to a bowls club which had played a large part in their lives.

Pam Tate’s late husband, Geoffrey, was President of Bournemouth’s Argyll Bowling Club in 2003 and a member for more than 20 years.

“He was a very keen bowler and loved the sport. Being President was a real highlight,” said Pam, 88, after viewing her husband’s name on the club’s roll of honour inscription board.

Staff at Colten Care’s Canford Chase home also arranged for a second resident, Geoff Halstead, to see his name inscribed in gold lettering on the same board.

The former headmaster was also a keen player at Argyll Bowling Club, winning a number of titles during his membership.

“It’s marvellous to come back and see the club again,” said Geoff, 95, who was accompanied by close friend, Sally Cummings.

Pointing the way: Pam Tate, a resident at Colten Care’s Canford Chase home, points to her late husband’s name on the inscription board at Bournemouth’s Argyll Bowling Club.

Sarah Udall, Canford Chase’s Companionship Team Leader, said: “We do everything possible to arrange visits and special requests if our residents have a particular wish.

“Both Pam and Geoff were keen to visit Argyll Bowling Club again because it had played such a large part in their lives. We were only too pleased to make their wishes come true.”

Other Canford Chase residents joined Pam and Geoff for the visit and enjoyed watching a game of bowls before heading to the cafe for refreshments.

Canford Chase is one of Argyll Bowling Club’s official supporters with the home represented at the club’s recent Sponsor’s Day.

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