Around the greens
The bowls season is nearly in full swing as clubs around the area celebrate their respective opening days.
Cambuslang held their ladies’ opening afternoon on Tuesday, April 4 while Halfway and Whitefield got play under way at the weekend.
Kirkhill, Burnside and Rutherglen bowling clubs’ opening days will take place on Saturday, April 15.
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Halfway and District
Saturday saw opening day take place at Halfway and District Bowling Club.
Gents’ president Jim Stoddart welcomed guests from Cambuslang, Whitefield, Kirkhill and the Lanarkshire Bowling Association as well as a good turnout of Halfway members.
The weather was excellent and the front green was full for the first promiscuous of the season whose winners were Irene Mair and Bryan McAllister.
The ladies’ opening game takes place on Friday and lady president Lillian O’Neil will welcome the usual big crowd that attends this popular day.
Ladies Day ( sponsored by Drumsagard Academy 2001s) will take place on Saturday, April 22, with a 1pm start.
This is a fun, enjoyable day and the club hopes as many members as possible will get their names on the sheets that are on the bowls house noticeboards.
There is still time to join for new members and the club isoffering halfprice membership.
The knockout ties will be drawn in a couple of weeks’ time so there is also still time to enter those ties. The club will be holding a family games night and quiz on Easter Sunday with a 5pm start. Nonmembers are welcome as usual.
On a sad note, honorary member and past president of the club Robert Dick passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. Despite his ailing health in recent years Robert was a great supporter of the club and was the generous sponsor of the Mixed Pairs for the last few years.
Robert’s funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 18, at South Lanarkshire Crematorium and then back to the club afterwards.
Whitefield Bowling and Recreation Club celebrated their opening day on Saturday with new president Tom Doyle and his wife Muriel welcoming members and visitors to the green in glorious sunshine. They were joined by vice president Ian Peden and his wife Anne.
Also in attendance was Anne Smith and president Tom had the great pleasure of bestowing an honorary life membership to her on behalf of the club.
The first competition will be held this coming Saturday with the gents balloted pairs at 10.30am for a 11am start.
Monday night’s gents aggregate was won by Steven Boyd, Ronnie Cowie and Michael Rodgers.
The ladies’ aggregate will commence at 7pm today, Wednesday.
Members of Kirkhill Bowling Club are looking forward eagerly to the new bowling season which starts with the opening ceremony on Saturday.
Prominent amongst the organisers will be lady president Jean Kerr who expects the club to have a great year under her watch in 2017.
The club is making great strides in provision for members next year and already many members have booked the club halls for personal family celebrations so it is not just about the bowling, the club adds a lot to the community.
Later in the year, in May, Kirkhill will host a Bowls Scotland Training day for markers and coaches and in September local Brownies and Guides are expected to have a first taste of bowling when member and Guide leader Marion Fleming organises the use of greens for two nights for them.
Membership is still open if anyone wishes to try bowls the club is a friendly welcoming place.
Blazing Halfway and District BC held their opening day on Saturday in the sun
All smiles Cambuslang ladies’ day was opened by president Ann Phillips with the first jack, inset
Whitefield Tom Doyle (right) with Tom Devine (left) and Joanne McColgan