Ailsa Wickham bowls and Dorothy Hassum watches at the Warwick East celebrations.
Ailsa Wickham bowls and Dorothy Hassum watches at the Warwick East celebrations. Gerard Walsh

Bowls club marks 75-year milestone

"ELLIS, Alf." Those were the two words in a conversation between the late Alf Dempster and Warwick East Bowls Club games organiser Ellis Stanley at 12.30pm each Saturday in the early years of the club.

One hundred members, past members and their families were at Warwick East on Saturday night for the club's 75th anniversary.

Alf's son John Dempster travelled from Toowoomba for the event and recalled his father arriving home from work at A.J. Dempster Sports Store on Saturdays and immediately nominating over the phone for bowls at 1.30pm with a two-word conversation.

"Mum would have lunch ready and Dad would go to bowls at 1.30pm," he said.

"The club facilities are a credit to everybody who has worked so hard."

Don Meneely has been a member for 42 years and remembers when the club had one green and players had to book in the day before if they wanted to play on a Saturday.

Board secretary Gloria Brady said the dinner went off beautifully.

"The anniversary cake was cut by patron Norm Madsen and patroness Patty Cook," she said.

One of the new features at the clubhouse is a revolving honour board, which was made by club member Ray Rock, and includes the names of winners of many club competitions.

After 75 years of men's competition and almost as much by the ladies, the wall space is almost full with honour boards.

The Tannymorel team of Nick Farmer, Tim Callaghan, Dorothy Kable and Dan Sullivan won the Saturday afternoon mixed competition.

Pairs bowls was played yesterday with Nick Farmer and Dan Sullivan making it two in a row to close another chapter in the history of one proud club.



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