Women's and Mixed Gala Days

Tuesday - Ladies Bowls Gala 9:30am

Thursday - Ladies Bowls Gala 9:30am

                    Twilight Bowls 5pm

Saturday - Mixed Bowls Gala 1pm

Visting Female Bowlers are welcome to take part in all our gala events.

We pride ourselves on being able to always give visitors a game.




These are some of the relections we both had of the early years of the Marks Point Women's Bowling Club.

A boundary line was set Marks Point Road to Cold Tree Creek Belmont South as we had already had a waiting list of people wanting to join.

The ladies who paid their Annual subscriptions within one month from 9th May were classified as Foundation Members are Violet McRae, Doreen Bell, Rona Auberson, Joan McPaul, Val Holding, and Fay Barwise, Sylvia Knight  & Jean Harris 8 in all.

Jean members Bill coming home from a Progress meeting saying they are going to get a bowling club going & I have put your name down.  She said I am not ready to play bowls yet, he said well your friends and 2 sisters are interested so after 40 years she is so glad that she has amassed many friends in our district & she doesn't regret it. Our early members donated a cup and saucer & Tea towels to start the kitchen off. Rosters were held every Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Roster ladies making 2 dozen Fruit or plain scones served in the Scout Hall, were given freely. One of our members Joy Wells and her husband donned an apron to help the girls with washing up & sweeping the floors as well as Bill Harris, Rona Drummond, Charlie Knight, Bobbie Herron, Calude Rennie & Ron McPaul. Hoi was held every Monday night orgainsed by Maureen Fairhall. Trophies for galas consisted of boxed Tea Towels, Plastic Dishes & small vases etc. were keenly contested. Foundation President Flo Hennings, Secretary Penny Pleash and Treasurer Val Parry.

The "dress"in those days were 12" from the ground, white stockings no jewellery only a watch, rings and very thin sleepers, we were all measured regularly to make sure we conformed with rules. We didn't own a dress length rule so we stood in a box.

At this stage during Pennants we played until lunch time and continued on to finish the game of 25 ends. We held a cake stall in front of the Butchers shop 4 times a year, but had to receive permission from Lake Macquarie Council to do so. When finances were plentiful we purchased tea pots, jugs, sugar basins, saucepans, urn, cutlery & crockery.

Several of our Ladies learnt to play bowls at Swansea  Workers or Swansea Bowling Club.

To play No.4 grade Pennants which was the lowest grade for players of only 2 year's experience. Our ladies won the section and where promoted to 3 Grade the following year.

We held our monthly meetings in the Community Hall.

To raise money our Member Min Wilkinson offered to embroider member and friends names on a table cloth for which we each paid 1 Shilling. This is on display today. We raised a very tidy sum.

Our first Pennant flag was in 1969-70 3 Grade followed by No. 4 Grade in 1989 & No.1 Grade in 1994. We have had success in numberous district Singles, District Pairs & District Fours. Faye Barwise & Sylvia Knight was State Pairs when we were in Newcastle District. When we transferred to Lake Macquarie District our girls won District Singles in 2000. District Pairs in 200, No 1 Grade Pennant & going on to win the State Flag in 2001.

Our girls have won many Master events at Wangi, Kahibah, Windale, Gateshead, Kotara, Cardiff, Swandalan & Cessnock, all these are noted on the Honour Board. One of our ladies Syvlia Knight has set a record of winning the Major Singles 18 times, a record that still stands today. What a great effort.
Over the years the ladies have contributed to the Club with the purchase of tables, chairs, mowers, China Cabinets, mats, etc.
Social nights were held regularly. Great nights were had by all who attended.
We have wonderful sponsors namely Belmont Retravision, Greater Newcastle Permanent, we are very thankful for their support.

Life Members: S.Cain, J. Harris, N. Dyson, J.Jenner



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