It is a myth that lawn bowls is a game for the elderly. Although that demographic is well represented at most clubs, younger people are now playing the game at clubs across Australia.
Trafalgar's Ian Miles explained that the average age of the Australian female bowls squad is twenty seven. The average age of Australia’s national cricket team is thirty one.
Lincoln Fraser (left) is nine and this is his first season.
Kyen Jenkins (right) is almost a bowls veteran by comparison and at sixteen Kyen has made the B Grade Finals and is currently playing in Division 1 for Trafalgar.
Lincoln followed his dad’s example, who was an early starter, and Kyen told us his Grandfather Billie introduced him to the sport a couple of years ago. Kyen plays a lot of other sport and makes the point that there is a lot to like about bowls, not the least being that you don’t have to run.
It is a pleasure to be writing this article announcing the return of the Traf News because like so many of you, I really missed this paper when it went into recess last March.
Community newspapers are important because they provide information that major news outlets don’t provide and unlike social media, the paper can be picked up and browsed many times during its month-long life. There is also something familiar and comforting about ink on paper.
Native forest timber industry in shock withonly weeks to go before total closure
Words by Trevor Colvin– December 2023 Edition
The State Government has reneged on previous agreements by forcing the industry to shut down by the end of this year, despite agreeing to let the industry run until 2030. The WA government is in lock-step.
The Holden Museum in Traf has spawned a lot of events, not the least of which is the annual ‘Route 69 Cruise’ which took place in late October.
Volunteers at the museum came up with the concept and every year they leave the museum in Railway parade for a 69 kilometre cruise up to the Blue Lake reservoir wall and back to Traf .
Volunteers came up with the concept and up to forty vehicles join the cruise which is followed by a sausage sizzle back at the museum.
This is a picture story so let the photographs tell the rest of the story.
The weather looked ominous as the stallholders gathered in the early light but at opening time at 9 am the weather gods relented, and the day improved. And the people came, perhaps as many as 2,000 visited the more than fifty stall holders at the Croquet Club.
Market organiser Ric Nicolson explained ‘I think the matter is that the town has always been crying for somewhere different to meet and to socialise other than the usual café’s and pubs. There's a lot of people here who've been crying out for just such a meeting place. We've just provided the opportunity and it's worked really well so far.
Words by Dr Alinda Zhang BSc DVM for Trafalgar Veterinary Centre– December 2023 Edition
Our furry friends play an important role in our lives. They're always there to greet us at the door with a wagging tail or a purr, and they provide us with unconditional love and support. But the human-animal bond is more than just about companionship. Animals can also have a positive impact on our physical and mental health. Following are some of the benefits pets may have on your wellbeing.
Reduced stress and anxiety: Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Interacting with animals can also release oxytocin, a hormone that has mood-boosting effects.