Club of the week
This week’s Reformer Club of the Week is Rutherglen Bowling Club.
With two superb greens and beautiful grounds, Rutherglen is a great place to play your bowls.
Honorary vice president Billy Ross explains how much work goes into running the club and a bit of history that dates back to 1861.
No 1 Club president Steven Fyfe 1861 was the start of the American civil war and the completion of the Rutherglen Town Hall. The original bowling green was situated on ground at the bottom of what is now Kirkwood Street, facing across Greenhill Road to the red sandstone house that still exists today with the main entrance to the club from Greenhill Road. In the late 1890’s the decision was made to look for new premises. After 50 years at this location the club purchased from Col. Buchanan a piece of land, approximately three acres, bounded by Dryburgh Avenue, Stonelaw Road, and Stonelaw Drive. In August 1901,Provost Kirkwood and other prominent members of the Burgh, cut the first sod on the site of the new green. The two new greens were opened in May 1902.
Throughout the years members have organised celebrations for the various anniversaries of the club’s formation none more so than the most recent 150th in 2011.
During the playing season, from April to the beginning of October, the greens are open for play Monday to Saturday at 10am and close each evening at 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30pm on Sundays. The club aggregate game is held each Monday evening and is usually very well attended and has always been considered the best opportunity for new members to meet and get to know there fellow bowlers. Most Saturdays during the season the club runs internal competitions and play friendly games against other clubs.
Bowled over Rutherglen Bowling Club is the Reformer’s club of the week