Golden Anniversary

The Crows Nest Bowls Club celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 2017.

Over fifty years ago a small but energetic bunch of local businessmen, farmers and garden-variety country folk met to form a foundation committee aimed at establishing a lawn bowls club in Crows Nest.

Hardly any of these men had ever played the game before, or even knew anybody who owned a set of bowls!  They had no money to build a green, no blue-prints of a clubhouse, and certainly no idea of how challenging the next four years would prove to be.

Enthusiasm and progress fluctuated, but never halted.  Funds were slowly but surely accumulated; a lease was gained from the local shire council; excavation commenced so that a green could gradually take shape; and grass was eventually sewn.  At this stage, the members had to do without a proper cold-room to keep the beer cold, raffle prizes were whatever came out of the family vegie garden or hen-house, and all bowls were second-hand and the only colour available was black.

Fast forward a half century, and Crows Nest Bowls Club now has a neat and well-designed brick clubhouse, a grass green that’s the envy of many Darling Downs’ clubs, and a full calendar of social and competitive bowls.   Actually, it’s one of the most charming smaller clubs in Queensland.  There’s really only one way you can find out for yourself – come and see us soon!


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