Visiting bowler Ross Olsson and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington admire two of the club’s 50th Anniversary glasses from the memorabilia display … the glasses were produced to commemorate the club’s Golden Jubilee in 1996

August 17, 2023

Current and former Nanango Bowls Club members celebrated 75 years of lawn bowls at the club last Saturday.

After a fun morning on the greens – with some players dressed in vintage club uniforms – the crowd adjourned to the clubhouse for the ceremonial cutting of a birthday cake accompanied by tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, who was a guest of honour, congratulated the club for operating a valuable community service which had provided entertainment, exercise and companionship for members and visitors.

Afterwards, guests inspected a display of bowls memorabilia put together by long-standing member Delvin Powys that featured newspaper clippings, photos, trophies and old club uniforms.

Men’s president David Williams said that while the day’s celebrations focussed on 75 years of bowling, the club would also be celebrating its 77th birthday later this year.

He said residents had begun discussing plans to build a bowling green in Nanango in September 1946.

Work on building the clubhouse and greens began a few months later, with the bowls club incorporated the following year.

However, plans to officially open the club on December 13, 1947, were derailed at the last minute by a flood which destroyed the newly laid greens.

This pushed the club’s opening date back to June 1948.

In the 75 years since then, the club has been hit by several more floods – the most recent in 2011 and 2013 – but has managed to recover much faster.

Ladies president Helene Johnson, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Men’s president David Williams and member Delvin Powys with the birthday cake prepared especially for the occasion
Helene Johnson, Deb Frecklington and David Williams in front of one of the club’s many honour boards
Barry Green admired the memorabilia display, which was prepared by Delvin Powys …  Delvin used a mannequin to model one of the club’s old women’s uniforms

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