Links to bowls start in Greytown

LINKED to the recent 100th anniversary of the Greytown Bowling Club, is the souvenir pamphlet on the opening of the “new” bow-ling greens on May 31, 1956 — which are the two use today.

A brief history of the club is given made up of notices which were published in the Greytown Gazette as follows:

MARCH 29, 1918: The bowling club in the Town Hall garden will be formally opened on Easter Monday, April 1, 1918 at 10 am.

APRIL 5, 1918: Mr J.J. Stanford gracefully inaugurated the new Bowling Green on Monday last. Most of the day there was a strong force of players on the green and the club looks like doing well and had about
45 members.

MAY 24, 1918: The Bowling Club is moving steadily towards properly organised dignity. The first annual general meeting will be held shortly.

JUNE 7, 1918: The first annual general meeting of the Greytown Bowling Club was held on Friday, May 31, Archdeacon Pennington presiding. Patrons: Sir George Leuchars, W.J. Slatter, President: Mr N. Hunter, Secretary: Mr H.W. Boast.

Prior to this, however, bowls was played on private lawns, both in the town and country, and many a good game was played on the Vicarage lawn and on the lawns of “Bracken” and “Cloverfield”.

The new greens in King Edward Park were built by Mr Vere Royden Turner in 1954.

A mixed rinks tournament was held on the opening of the two greens on May 31, 1956 — entrance fee was one pound per rink and light refreshments provided.

A blown up copy of the souvenir programme is on display at the Bowls Club.

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