On Sunday we celebrated 50 years of bowling at Merrigum. The club rooms were filled to capacity as the large crowd enjoyed a sumptuous lunch provided by the Tongala Catering Services.
In the absence of chairman John Firmer, Joe Chant welcomed visitors, especially life members Stan Coldwell and Robert Carver and the foundation member Terry Sweeney.
Terry gave an interesting account of the founding of the club on the old croquet greens and the many humorous incidents that were still vivid in his memory after all these years.
Joe then gave a brief outline of the club’s achievements over the past 30 years.
Cheryl Trevaskis presented the club with a lovely photograph of her mother Estelle Turnbull on her 100th birthday. She was one of our beloved life members.
Terry Sweeney and Stan Coldwell then unveiled the plaque commemorating 50 years of bowling at Merrigum. Maureen Shepherd cut the cake to conclude the official part of the celebrations.
Following this the visitors enjoyed a game of bowls which was won by Terry Sweeney, Joyce White, Robyn Balfour and David Neeley.
The club was extremely pleased with the day and hope we can have another 50 years of bowling.
Midweek had another good win at East Shepparton and won on all rinks.
Saturday pennant begins next Saturday. Division four goes to Avenel and division six hosts Avenel.
Don’t forget our dinners on Thursday after pennant training.
Get well soon to John Firmer, who is in Kyabram hospital. Hope you can soon return home, we all miss you.
— Young Joe