New mem­bers needed at the Taka­pau club

CHB Mail - - LIFE­STYLE -

The Taka­pau In­door Bowl­ing Club needs help.

The club formed 62 years ago in early 1958, with mem­bers play­ing in­door bowls at the Taka­pau Buf­falo Hall be­fore mov­ing to the out­door bowl­ing pavil­ion in 1991 then into the Taka­pau RSA rooms in June 1996.

As mem­ber­ship grew, the club needed to move to larger premises and were of­fered the Taka­pau School Hall in 2011.

The club cel­e­brated its 50th ju­bilee in 2008.

In 2017 the club in­creased its play­ing sea­son from March to the end of Oc­to­ber. In 2020 mem­ber­ship has de­clined due to ill health, be­reave­ment and mem­bers mov­ing away so the club needs new mem­bers.

Any­one of any age is en­cour­aged to try in­door bowls.

The club has mem­bers as young as nine, but asks that any­one un­der 13 is ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

The only ne­ces­sity is soft soled shoes, but no ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary and all equip­ment is sup­plied.

The Taka­pau In­door Bowl­ing Club meets at the Taka­pau School Hall ev­ery Mon­day evening ex­cept pub­lic hol­i­days, from the first Mon­day in March un­til the Mon­day be­fore Labour

Week­end in Oc­to­ber.

Games start at 7pm and the evening is usu­ally over by 9pm.

The club holds three tour­na­ments a year, with Dan­nevirke Sports Cen­tre, RuaRoa In­door Bowl­ing, Waipawa In­door Bowl­ing and St An­drews in Waipuku­rau all in­vited to at­tend.

While there are club tro­phies to com­pete for, the play­ers are a so­cial group who en­joy gen­tle ex­er­cise and laugh­ter.

The Taka­pau club charges a yearly sub­scrip­tion of $20 and $3 per evening. There is also a dis­counted price of free first year mem­ber­ship for any novice fam­ily groups, and the $3 evening fee goes to­wards the hire of the hall.

“Please talk among your fam­ily and friends and con­sider com­ing along.” Games or­gan­iser Shona Lowe says. “If the club does not have an in­crease in mem­ber­ship Taka­pau will lose a long-stand­ing com­mu­nity group and we will be­come yet an­other ca­su­alty for the ru­ral com­mu­nity.

“Come along on a Mon­day evening from the be­gin­ning of March and watch or join in. You will be most wel­come. Phone Shona Lowe, 06 855 8900 or pres­i­dent Mary Drum­mond, 06 858 5457.”

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