Hillcrest Bowling Club opens its new bowling green

2016-03-01 06:00
Members of Hillcrest Bowling Club gather to celebrate the opening of their new green ‘Endeavour’.

Members of Hillcrest Bowling Club gather to celebrate the opening of their new green ‘Endeavour’.

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HILLCREST Bowling Club has officially opened its new third green last week. About 120 members and guests attended a special ceremony to celebrate the occasion. Guest of honour, Charles Levy, representing Bowls South Africa, rolled the traditional first bowl and unveiled the plaque naming the green, “Endeavour”. Councillor Gill Noyce was present to witness the occasion.

Hillcrest Bowling Club is 83 years old and forms part of the Hillcrest Sports Club operating on the William Gillitt Sports Ground in central Hillcrest.
All those years ago, the sports ground was generously ceded to the people of Hillcrest, under trust by the Gillitt family in memory of William Gillitt.

In today’s world of declining bowls club membership and clubs closing, HBC, in a show of faith, courage and determination, has bucked the trend, setting itself up for the future well-being, strength and stability of the club and its status in the district.

Green construction was a DIY affair, built by a small dedicated group of club members and financed by individual club members, significantly supported by donors and sponsors from the local business community. It was a truly Hillcrest community effort.

Outstanding among the donors is the construction company, Martin & East, currently working in the area, which assisted with much of the initial groundwork. Other significant sponsors include Build-It Botha’s Hill, Maccaferri Group, Marriott, Miclin Motors, Spar Group and Toyota.
Revenue from advertising comes from Eldorado Spur, Hear-It, Meumann-White, Q4 Prawns, ReMax, Wakefields and Warwick.

After the opening and naming ceremony, the crowd retired to the clubhouse for refreshments and were addressed first by Keith Sanderson, club president during the initiation and construction period. He first read out a message from Mrs Alison Gillitt, chairperson of the William Gillitt Sportsground Trust, on behalf of the Gillitt family.

Keith described the background to the new green and gave accolades to those members who had significantly contributed to its construction and funding. He summarised: “You have just witnessed the completion of a bold project that sets our club up for long-term stability and success in the bowling world of the future.”

Charles Levy, representing Bowls South Africa, confirmed that Hillcrest Bowling Club has indeed moved against the general trend of declining numbers of bowlers and bowls clubs around the country and the world. He congratulated the club on this positive and bold achievement.
He then provided a most amusing account of the history of bowls through the ages, including the real meaning of ‘bowling to the head’, how the bias came about and Drake’s take on the Spanish armada.

Club president Jimmy Clark presided over the proceedings. Mrs Margaret Bassett cut the tape to open the new green’s rest area and bench that she kindly donated in memory of her late husband, John.

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