Harvey residents are being encouraged to be bowled over with a good time as a sports club opens its doors to the public. Harvey Bowling Club’s community bowls returns for another summer, aimed at strengthening connections in the town. Organiser Robyn Coleman said the series was aimed at new residents, businesses and community groups. “Community bowls is the perfect way for everybody to get to know their fellow residents in a completely different format to being a supplier or a customer,” she said. The first community bowls event of the season was held on Wednesday, with about 90 people participating in the evening of fun and laughter. It is not the first time the club has held a community bowls series, with Ms Coleman noting multiple factors behind increased participation compared to previous years. “The numbers are increasing because we’re getting more people into town,” she said. “The volunteers in the bowling club have done a fabulous job upgrading the function room facilities as well, and so the club is looking fresher.” Ms Coleman said participants can expect “friendly rivalry” at the event. “Trying to get your head around the bias of a bowl is really quite challenging, even for experienced players that send it into the gutter from time to time, so everyone’s on a level playing field,” she said. Each session is run by club volunteers, with a post-game meal being included in the weekly participation cost. Teams of four are required to participate, with a maximum of one competition bowler allowed per team to keep things fair. No prior experience in lawn bowls is required. The sessions will run every Wednesday from 6.15pm until December 13, before taking a month-long break over the Christmas period. The series recommences on January 17 before concluding on March 20. Costs for each session are $15 per person. For more information, call 0418 959 595.