Bowls team in Northamptonshire fined members hundreds of pounds for dress code violations and cursing...all in a good cause

L to R are : Lynn Ridgway, ladies captain Helen Blaby, Carol McCosh from Macmillan Cancer Support and club president Ken Chapman

L to R are : Lynn Ridgway, ladies captain Helen Blaby, Carol McCosh from Macmillan Cancer Support and club president Ken Chapman

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A bowls team has donated fines levied for breaches of its code of conduct to a cancer charity.

Kislingbury Bowls Club amassed more than £700 in 50p fines and other donations from May to September this year.

Transgressions include lateness, sending woods into a neighbouring rink, wearing the wrong colour caps or socks and swearing.

Club captain Lynn Ridgway said: “I introduced the fines because I’m a stickler for etiquette within the club. If the footballers and cricketers can stick to it, then why the hell can’t a bowls team?

“It’s done in a very jovial way, but it’s still surprising how much dobbing in there is when I don’t spot things firsthand.”

Cursing is not penalised during competitive games except mixed matches, when ladies are present.

In total, the fines and impromptu donations totalled £740, with the club topping the fund up to £1,000.

All of it has been donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.