The group continues to flourish. We meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings in Sandford Park, prepared for games to start at 10:00 a.m.
The most popular playing season is during the spring and summer, but we are a hardy lot, and there were those who wanted to continue playing, braving chillier weather so some of the group continued to play throughout the winter.
We took the bold move to enter the local Cotswold Petanque League. This means that those who want to, can now play in competition against the players from the best boules clubs in the area. It means that we also get to play on different surfaces, which is a very satisfying experience for the team members. Our performance so far has justified our entry, but winning the final this year is unlikely!
For those who want to emphasise the social nature of the group, a day of play and picnic is being organised soon, so we can enjoy a melee and a meal, in the park.
Some of the group are now confident enough to buy their own boules, which frees up the U3A boules for use by newcomers. We continue to be able to equip all players with boules and jacks, so members should not feel discouraged about coming to try out the game.
Several of us will be attending the next Members on Their Own meeting, to assess whether a special taster game is appropriate. This may grow into a regular feature for MOTO group members.