The Crows Nest Bowls Club was proud to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 2017. Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio joined with a variety of other special guests, club members and friends to be part of a festive and memorable evening.
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 the sleepy little borough of 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 drinkable, 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!
(PIC: Foundation Member, Life Member and BQ Meritorious Service Awardee LES GUY cuts the Golden Anniversary Cake to celebrate the Crows Nest Bowls Club’s 50 years of growth, development and service to club members and the local community.)