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!