New members needed at the Takapau club
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.”