Women receive life membership
AFTER a combined 90 years of service to the Uniting Church Wesley Indoor Bowls Club, June Lawrence and Lorna Shaddock have been presented with life memberships.
Club president Marg Wilkie said only four life memberships had been handed out in the 58 years since the club was formed.
“The life memberships are more significant because of the small number awarded; they have been earnt for long and meritorious service.
“June and Lorna are always there to play each Wednesday,” Wilkie said.
Both first played at the Methodist Indoor Bowls Club in a hall next to the Methodist Church in Guy Street (where the Big W store now stands) but when the church was relocated as a chapel to The Scots PGC College, the indoor bowlers moved to the Williams Hall where they still play today.
The name of the club was later changed to the Wesley Indoor Bowls Club and is now the Uniting Church Wesley Indoor Bowls Club.
June Lawrence was introduced to the sport more than 45 years ago by a friend Olive Smith, and was vice-captain for many years and won some championships.
“I have made many wonderful friendships with members in our club and from visiting clubs,” she said.
“My late husband Lionel joined the club after he retired and became involved in taking care of and preparing the mats and setting up for play.
“When ill health prevented him doing this, he still enjoyed his game.
“I am thrilled to have life membership bestowed on me along with fellow member Lorna Shaddock; I look forward to many more happy afternoons of indoor bowls.”
Lorna Shaddock, who joined in the 1960s said she didn’t win championships but just enjoyed the sport.
“I play for the love of the game and the friendships,” she said.
“Thelma Nancarrow got me into the club and I look forward to indoor bowls each Wednesday.”
“I remember when current patroness Mabel Mott brought her children to bowls in a pram.
“It is a privilege to receive a life membership.”