Warwick Bowls Club turns 100
LES Cooper and Percy Cutmore will cut the centenary cake as the oldest country bowls club in Queensland, the Warwick Bowls Club, celebrates 100 years on Sunday.
Cooper is the longest serving member of the club and is one of three members over the age of 90. The others are Harry Pointon and Laurie Reibelt.
The youngest member of the club is 13-year-old Ty Van Der Meulen, a great grandson of Cooper.
The men’s club was formed on March 28, 1910, the ladies’ club followed in 1928 and the two were amalgamated in 2001.
The financial affairs of the club are now run by a management committee under the chairmanship of Jim Rickard while the bowls competitions are run by different committees.
Percy and Judith Cutmore are the current presidents of the men’s and ladies’ sections.
Rickard said membership of the club was just under 100.
“The Warwick club is one of the strongest in the district,” Rickard said.
“You only have to look at the photos on the wall of the clubhouse to comprehend what it was like in the old days.”
A photo from 1927 shows the players each wearing a tie.
Rickard said it was very economical to get into bowls.
“There is great camaraderie in the sport, it gives you exercise without going overboard.
“We have a good relationship with Warwick East and Southern Cross and can share greens for major days.”
Judith said there was no doubt bowls gave the ladies something to look forward to and think about.
John Simpson and Gwen Pringle are the club coaches, which has helped improve the standard of club play.
Percy Cutmore retired from tennis and took up bowls in 1980 and finds the sport very rewarding.
“I plan to come on Sunday dressed like I was when I first joined the club,” Percy said.
Bowls Queensland chair Cynthia Neeve will unveil a plaque on Sunday to commemorate the day. Bowls Queensland officials, deputy chairman Jack Oliver, ladies’ section vice-president Bev Higgins, club and district officials, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and Cr Neil Meiklejohn are some of the official guests as 95 people join the celebrations.
The current bowls program includes ladies play each Thursday morning, men’s bowls on Wednesday and Saturday, and sponsored days for men and ladies on Sunday.
The centenary committee of Percy and Judith Cutmore, Harry Pointon, Les Meiklejohn, Annette Maher and Dawn McLennan has overseen the publication of the 100 years book which includes extracts from histories previously written by Doug Maxwell and Thelma McCulloch.
Ann-Maree Cutmore has put a book together which has 43 historic photos, lists of office bearers through the years, club champions, life members, current members and history galore.
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