Bowled over by centenary event
By HELEN JACK
BOB JOHNSON reckons it's the best and friendliest little club in town and has been for the last 100 years.
Lismore City Bowling Club will celebrate its centenary from Friday, June 29, and members will be sending down a few bowls that is.
"I did not become a member of the club until seven years ago," said Mr Johnson, the club president.
"A mate was visiting the area and called me from the club and invited me down to see him.
"I had never been here in all the time I had lived in the area and when I walked in I knew everyone in the club so I thought I had better join."
Mr Johnson said the week-long party was as much for the staff and members of the club to acknowledge all the extra effort and volunteer hours they put into the club and its environs.
"Members come and help out and make things and join working bees," he said.
"And the staff give extra hours if there is a function just to help out."
In preparation for the big event, the clubhouse is getting spruced up.
"The inside is getting a fresh coat of paint and we have just had new carpet laid and some new furniture installed," Mr Johnson said.
"If your father was 100 years old you would have a birthday party, so this is what we are doing."
The original clubhouse was built in Hunter Street, near Lismore Base Hospital, by the Caledonian Society and opened in 1907. It was bought by the members the next year for ?425and renamed the Lismore Bowling Club.
Transport to the club was difficult so directors secured a block of land in Spinks Park, which at the time was a rubbish tip.
A new club was opened on the site in 1916. With other clubs starting up in Lismore, the club's name was changed to Lismore City Bowling Club. Bowlers range in age from 86 to 11 years of age. It has 240 members, 130 of those are bowlers.