“ Brand: Royal National Lifeboat Institution / Type: Quoits game „
As a lot of you know I am a supporter of the R.N.L.I. and an active member of the Llandudno Lifeboat Guild. During the summer months we have a stall on the promenade all day Sunday where we sell souvenirs including pens, pads, key rings, fridge magnets, bags, tea towels, cards and children's toys and games. Last year my first fellow Dooyooer came and introduced himself to me - it was a nice surprise and I was well chuffed! So, if any more of you visit Llandudno, come and say hello!
On the stall we are slightly limited as to what we can sell as we only have a small storage area for stock but the wheels are in motion for us to get a shop where we will be able to sell some of the larger items.
Hopefully the Ring Quoits set is one of the things we will be selling.
Currently this set is available from the R.N.L.I. online shop at http://www.rnlishop.org.uk/gifts-games/games/info/ring-quoits/461129.html for a cost of £14.95. I can't remember how much we paid for ours as we bought it when my dad was still alive and suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
We had always enjoyed playing games as a family and dad still used to enjoy playing carpet bowls when he went to his day care centre so we were looking for simple games that could maybe catch and hold his attention.
So it was that we bought the Rings Quoits set.
The set comes in a canvas bag which makes it easy to transport and it also keep everything safe and all together.
The base is made from two pieces of wood which fit together in the shape of a cross measuring sixteen inches across at the widest part. There are five wooden stakes which screw into the base, one at each end of the four points of the cross and the remaining one in the middle. There are numbers at the base of each stake namely 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25.
The final part of the game is a set of four rope quoits which are basically circles of rope with a little piece of wood where the two ends join. The idea is to throw the rings or quoits over the stakes.
As the stakes are numbered you can score each player's throw and have a game where the first person to get to a certain score wins the game. Maybe you could play a game where each player had to get the five numbers in order - the variations are limited only by your imagination.
Due to the simplicity of the game you can make it really easy for children who have only just learned to throw and have the throwing point near to the cross to make it easier for them. You can also go to the other extreme and make the throwing point a longer distance from the cross and thus make a more difficult game for adults and older children to play.
If you have a big room or maybe a long hall or landing you could play this game indoors but I think it is best as an outdoor game. It can be played in the garden, the park or on the beach and since the pieces all fit neatly into the canvas bag and the whole thing doesn't weigh very much it is dead easy to carry with you.
As I say we played it with dad when he was alive and he used to really enjoy it. It was easy for us to explain the game to him and he could understand what he had to do. Since the game could be played for as long as wanted it could be tailored to his attention span too. Obviously once he was becoming very ill the board games and card games that he used to enjoy were impossible but a game like quoits was ideal for him. At least I can say with all honesty that it is a game for all ages!
I would say that this is a great outdoor game for all the family to enjoy and by buying it from the R.N.L.I. you will be helping to save lives too! How cool is that?