Lismore sisters Sascha, 10, and Dove Wilson, 7, hold two of the crocheted toilet roll covers that will decorate the ladies’ toilets at the Lismore City Bowling Club’s first Beats, Bowls and Bingo event this Sunday. Watching on are (from left) club vice-president Janet Boyd, the girls’ mother Cath O’Halloran, and club vice-president Audrey Taylor. Ms O’Halloran is the partner of organiser Craig Wilson. Jacklyn Wagner
Lismore sisters Sascha, 10, and Dove Wilson, 7, hold two of the crocheted toilet roll covers that will decorate the ladies’ toilets at the Lismore City Bowling Club’s first Beats, Bowls and Bingo event this Sunday. Watching on are (from left) club vice-president Janet Boyd, the girls’ mother Cath O’Halloran, and club vice-president Audrey Taylor. Ms O’Halloran is the partner of organiser Craig Wilson. Jacklyn Wagner

Bowls club seeks out new blood

LISMORE City Bowling Club will be chasing some vital young blood on Sunday at its inaugural Beats, Bowls and Bingo event.

The family-friendly day, according to event organiser and DJ Craig Wilson, will channel the movie Crackerjack, made famous by Mick Molloy, by mixing the daggy elements of Aussie bowling culture such as bingo, pasta bakes and 1970s canapés with DJs playing modern electronic music.

While the historic Lismore City Bowling Club, which recently celebrated its centenary, is one of theoldest bowling clubs in the country, its membership base is also theregion’s oldest.

Club vice-president Audrey Taylor admitted her ladies team wasn’t getting any younger, with the average age of bowlers hovering around 70 years.

“We welcome young bowlers. It’s a great thing for the club,” she said.

The combination of what Mr Wilson describes as a ‘kooky’ atmosphere, waterside views and vibrant history make the club the perfect venue.

The Lismore-based DJ, who has put on similar events in Sydney, said the area was late to catch on to the ‘beats and bowls’ craze, made famous by the Paddington and Marrickville bowling clubs in Sydney.

“I think everybody just assumed a traditional club like this wouldn’t be interested. But it was the complete opposite. They welcomed us with open arms,” the Lismore dad said.

“I even had one lady bowler offer to do the bingo.”

Mr Wilson said Beats, Bowls and Bingo would fill a gap in the area for family-friendly music events.

“A lot of us who were in the dance music scene now have kids,” he said.

Mr Wilson said the event, which would also embrace the famous ‘toilet dollies’ of ladies’ toilets, would strive to be tongue-in-cheek without being disrespectful. He even promised there would be a cheese wheel complete with lazy Susan.

Mr Wilson, who will be performing under his DJ name 1iSamurai alongside DJ Lady K, said seasoned Lismore City bowlers would be on hand to teach young folk the art of lawn bowls.

The first of the monthly Beats, Bowls and Bingo events will be held at the Lismore City Bowling Club, near Spinks Park, this Sunday, from 2pm to 8pm. Entry is $5 for kids, $10 for adults and $25 for families.




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