Bold moves pay­ing off

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

KALA­MUNDA bowlers stepped out on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, in new black and yel­low uni­forms, proudly spon­sored by the Bendigo Bank and Kala­munda Toy­ota.

With dwin­dling num­bers in 2013, the Kala­munda Bowl­ing Club’s fu­ture looked bleak.

But a strong com­mit­tee and some as­sis­tance from spon­sors has re­built the club, bring­ing home the true spirit of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, said club pres­i­dent Al­lan Map­pin.

“The Kala­munda club is go­ing through a re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion phase by open­ing up to of­fer the wider com­mu­nity of Kala­munda and dis­trict and giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to join in with club events and ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“The struc­tural changes will start to ap­pear over the com­ing months.

“The man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the club are work­ing to­gether very hard in or­der to achieve th­ese struc­tural and so­cial changes to the club.

The club has moved away from the tra­di­tional whites.

Map­pin said it still took time to get used to the uni­form change. Two branches of the lo­cal Bendigo Bank at­tended the uni­form launch.

“This strong part­ner­ship be­tween com­mu­nity-based or­gani- sa­tions and the Bendigo Bank High Wy­combe and For­rest­field have made this pos­si­ble,” he said.

In re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion events like the re­cent Bush Po­ets din­ner, 200 mem­bers were en­ter­tained by the Aus­tralian Cham­pion Bush Po­ets Me­lanie Hall and Su­san Car­cary.

The po­ets were trav­el­ling from the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val to per­form at the Boyup Brook Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and stopped in Kala­munda for one show.

The Kala­munda club is open Mon­day to Satur­day and on Sun­days by ar­range­ment.

Vis­i­tors can play lawn bowls, darts or snooker, or just call in for a quiet drink.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call into the club at 18 Kala­munda Rd, Kala­munda, or call 9293 4946.

Al­lan Map­pin, Ian Bar­rett and Greg Trevaskis.

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