FIRST MEMBERS: The beginnings of Evans Head Ladies Bowls Club 60 years ago. Photo contributed.
FIRST MEMBERS: The beginnings of Evans Head Ladies Bowls Club 60 years ago. Photo contributed. Contributed

Bowls ladies take a bow

WHEN other bowling clubs in the district were against the membership of women in 1952, Evans Head had already established what an asset they were, and the Ladies Bowling Club was formed a year later.

An article in The Northern Star in October, 1952, quoted the then secretary of the Evans Head club, Mr J Dalziel, saying that women bowlers had played on the green since the club was formed in 1932.

"I believe that at one stage, when only a few of the men were interested in the club, the women managed to keep it operating," he was quoted as saying.

Mabel Dalziel became the first president of the Evans Head Ladies Bowls Club, with about 25 members, and last week about 40 members and special guests celebrated 60 years of being on the greens.

Current president Joan Fernance said there was a lot of enthusiasm among the members.

"People enjoy the social aspect and friendship made in the club and district," she said.

"The future of the club looks bright if that same enthusiasm continues."

It's a far cry from the days when the ladies had to bring their own cups and saucers for morning tea, compared with the wonderful spread Eddy and Sue provided and the large celebratory cake donated by an anonymous member and decorated by Barbara Lee.



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