Club of the week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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

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