RESIDENTS from six of the borough’s supported housing schemes challenged each other in an inaugural indoor bowling tournament on Friday, 27 July.

As part of the Sovereign Independent Living team’s drive to help prevent isolation among its over 55 population and their aim to help keep residents active, the competition was held.

Around 40 residents from Sovereign’s supported housing schemes took part in the tournament at John Eddie Court, in St Michael’s Road, with the team from Bach and Novello winning overall.

Tracey Scutter, Sovereign’s Independent Living & Community Officer, said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work with residents in our supported housing schemes, creating opportunities for them to get involved with activities in their communities. By introducing the indoor bowling, it’s not only keeping them active, it’s also helping to prevent isolation – it’s a great social activity.”

Husband and wife, Jean and Ray Butler who were on the winning side, said: “It’s an absolutely great way to get everyone together. It doesn’t matter about age or ability it’s something everyone can get involved in and do.”.

Jane Nipper, 97 and a John Eddie Court resident, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, especially considering my age and I’ve only had one practice attempt before today!”

It is hoped an inter-scheme bowling league may be set up.