Centenary next year

16:00, Nov 14 2012
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TAKE AIM: Age is not a problem for 96-year-old Eddie Reyland, the patron of Helensville Bowling Club
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WARM WELCOME: Looking dapper are Ken Downer and club president Ron Cowper preparing to greet visitors.
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PERIOD COSTUMES: Sue Edwards, Mark Preedy and Debbie Presland get into the spirit of the club’s centenary.

Roll on celebrations for next year's continued centenary at Helensville Bowling Club.

Organisers, members and supporters are looking forward to the main commemorations which will be held January 12 and 13.

This follows a successful gathering and tournament last month.

"Everyone had a lot of fun. Over half the people there dressed in period costume - they really got into the spirit of it," says president Ron Cowper.

The day began with speeches before heading out for the first fun event, called the spider.

Participants formed a circle, put the kitty in the middle and the closest bowl to it after the count down to three won a prize.

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Up to 60 people enjoyed the day including the tournament, catered meals and reminiscing over historical photos, portraits of former presidents, meticulously kept minutes and centre and national titles on the clubroom walls.

Thanks to foresight in creating a centenary fund in 1992, the club has been putting aside a bit each year for the special milestone.

Mr Cowper says they will also have a comprehensive booklet available for attendants coming to next year's event.

The programme will feature bowls matches, catered meals and mix and mingle times.

Go to helensvillebowls.com for information.

Norwest News