Historic celebrations for Campsie Bowling Club

Lennoxtown bowling club opening 'President Derek stevenson and Vice President Jacqui Kelly'Photo by Emma Mitchell'13/4/13
Lennoxtown bowling club opening 'President Derek stevenson and Vice President Jacqui Kelly'Photo by Emma Mitchell'13/4/13

A CLUB at the heart of its community got the ‘bowl’ rolling on celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary with a special ceremony recently.

Campsie Bowling Club held a historic joint gents and ladies opening – featuring honorary president George Lightbody and Honorary lady member May Donnan (91).

Invited guests also included Councillor John Dempsey and his wife Agnes, community council chairman David Carlin, and sponsor Willie McMahon and his partner, Linda.

Secretary Finlay McCaffer has written a history of the club.

He said: “This year, to celebrate, the gents have seven ‘friendlies’ and the ladies have eight against clubs such as Westermains, Lenzie, Torrance, Milton, Strathblane, Milngavie, Kilsyth and others.”

The Lennoxtown club has 77 members in the gents section and 42 ladies.

It has been an eventful 150 years for the Campsie club

Campsie Bowling Club was founded in 1863 in Station Road, Lennoxtown. Three rinks were laid by James Henderson, with turf from The Glorat and Lennox estates at a cost of £27.10/- and an annual rent to the Lennox family of £1 per annum.

The total membership in 1866 was 65 gents, rising to 85 by 1945 and falling to 49 by 1976. However, after much hard work by the gents committee, two years later it was 100 and by 1984 it rose to 128 – with a waiting list.

The ladies section began in 1951 and the club became equal membership in 2006.

The gents joined Bowls Scotland in 1900, helped found Kirkintilloch and District Bowling Association in 1909, and joined Dumbartonshire Bowling Association (DBA) in 1966, and Springburn Bowling Association in 1995.

The most successful bowler in the last 35 years is Robert Jack, with 62 successes. In the Championship it’s Tommy Trotter (nine wins) and son Alistair (seven). Copies of the club history are available at a cost of £7.50 from Secretary Finlay McCaffer. Also if anyone has old trophies the club would welcome their return.

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