Cutheringa club closes, but we Bowl on!

by jgrey

After 71 years of friendship, great camaraderie and lots of bowls, it was sad to announce the closure of Cutheringa Ladies Bowls Club in Townsville, Queensland.

We used to be a thriving club, with a membership of 151 women at one stage. However, things have changed and the club was eventually left with just eight members. Having such a small membership made it extremely difficult to play any club competitions.

Sadly, a decision was made to close the club and we agreed that August, 30 2019 was our closure date. We had plenty of good times, with two special events that will stay with us and have left us with happy memories. Our 50th and 70th birthday celebrations were grand occasions.

Firstly, two of our existing members remember participating in the 50th birthday celebrations in 1998. Life member, Faith Heron with more than 30 years and Ev Mitchell 21 years plus at the club were able to enjoy this day.

Our 70th birthday in 2018 was an ever better occasion. BQ Board members, Carmel Gibb and Colleen Ryan came all the way up to Townsville to help us celebrate. Local mayor, Jenny Hill also honoured our club and started the bowls rolling on that day.

September 2018 was a happy time for us too, when we had great pleasure in presenting member Peg Viggars with her matriarch badge.

Unfortunately, the club closed last year but we bowl on, with all but one of our members continuing to play bowls at other clubs.

We would like to thank all of our past members for their support and extend a special thanks to our final eight members.

We held a special luncheon for our members to reminisce the years gone by. The last members to watch the doors close for the final time were F. Heron, E. Mitchell, C. Williams, D. Davis, I. Ditton, C. Pearce, B. Walsh and E. Mutch.

Thank you Cutheringa, for 71 wonderful years of bowls.

Story by Evelyn Mitchell