FEBRUARY will be a special month for Lindisfarne’s Beltana Bowls Club as it celebrates 50-years of operation.
In honour of the half-century milestone, the local club will be hosting several events across the month, with many open for community members to join in the festivities.
While the idea for the club was originally birthed in 1965, an administrative arm was not established until 20 February 1969 with the goal of implementing a clubhouse and green.
Beltana’s first president, Tom Bingham, was accompanied by a motivated committee to see the dream come to fruition.
Plans and specifications were ready by April 1969 and by December, construction of the green had started.
Beltana’s first greenkeeper was Max Moody, a position he held for several years.
The first official annual general meeting was held on 25 June 1970, when clubhouse construction was due to begin and full membership stood at 51 – a notable feat as the club had yet to play a pennant game.
The new clubhouse officially opened in October 1970.
Beltana Bowls Club president Peter Hyland said the club now boasted a membership of more than 200, ranging for the youngest member at 15 years old through to players in their late 80s.
“We have a very diverse membership with retirees, young ones still studying and others who juggle their sport with full-time work and come from locations such as Old Beach right through to Lauderdale,” he said.
“Our older players have seen many changes in bowls from rigorous uniform dress codes of all whites through to the various coloured uniforms each club now has.
“Our club now has two grass greens and a synthetic green and we trade seven days per week, with the clubhouse available for hire for functions.
“We welcome all ages and abilities.
“There is a team for everyone to fit into and we run more casual games such as barefoot bowls on a Tuesday night and Friday afternoon social bowls.
“If anyone has stories from the older days of bowls at Beltana, we would love to hear from you.”
The 50th anniversary events will kick off with Friday Mixed Triples on 22 February at 12.15pm, which will feature the official opening by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania.
Saturday Long Table Breakfast will begin at 8am on 23 February, Sunday Carvery at 12.30pm on 24 February and Barefoot Bowls 50s theme on Tuesday 26 February.
More details can be found at www.beltana.bowls.com.au or on the Beltana Bowls Club Facebook page.
Caption: Beltana Bowls Club members, from left, Mat Wheatley, Bryan Rumley and Scott Wheatley.