Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club secretary/manager David Brann (left), chairman of the Centenary Committee Ann Steele, and administrative assistant Kelly Butler are getting ready to celebrate.
Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club secretary/manager David Brann (left), chairman of the Centenary Committee Ann Steele, and administrative assistant Kelly Butler are getting ready to celebrate. CATHY ADAMS

Ballina Bowling club marches towards centenary

AUSTRALIA Day for most people on the Northern Rivers means a day off work, time to relax and enjoy a barbecue, or take a trip to the beach.

But for the folk at Ballina Bowls Club, the day marks the start of celebrations to mark the club’s 100th year.

On September 19, 1909, the Ballina club was formed, thanks to the efforts of a dozen like-minded men.

By the end of that year those members had laid the club’s first green.

The club has enjoyed stable growth during its first century and today there are 480 male and female members, with a few juniors rising through the ranks.

In the months leading up to its historic birthday, Ballina Bowls Club has planned a series of events, all of them designed to raise funds and help other community groups.

Today, from noon to 5pm, the club will host a series of family activities to raise money for the local branch of the State Emergency Service and the Ballina Coastguard.

Last year alone the club donated $70,000 to groups including the local baseball club, Australian Rules football club, and the Fox Street Pre-School.

“We are a community-oriented club,” secretary-manager David Brann said.

“There is a friendly atmosphere here.”

All members of the public are invited to come along to help kick off the centenary celebrations, which will be held at Hampton Park, corner of Moon and Bentinck streets.


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