Memorial day for Lorna
By Joan Clark
Palmwoods Bowls Club celebrated the late Lorna Hardingham’s exceptional life as a lawn bowler with a memorial pairs event during the club’s 90th anniversary.
The sun shone brightly on November 13, and the day was well supported with many people sharing their stories about Lorna.
One of the region’s well known and most successful bowlers, Lorna’s achievements included a national title in 1975 when she and clubmate Val Lingard were part of a successful fours unit. She had four state victories to her name, the Queensland singles and pairs in 1971, pairs in 1982 and fours in 1983. She was also a 20-time club champion at Palmwoods and claimed two medals at the Australian Games in 1985.
The Lorna Hardingham Memorial Pairs was generously sponsored by her sister Sylvia Clyde, a long-term member of Palmwoods who kept the crowd entertained with her stories about the club. Bowls president Dell Casey presented prizes to the winning team of James Tustin and Bruce Hogan and runners-up Claudia Cartwright and Geoff Brown.
Lorna was raised and lived in Palmwoods for over 80 years, but unfortunately passed away on May 8 this year after a short illness. Lorna was looking forward to celebrating the Palmwoods Bowls Club’s 90th anniversary in November, but sadly died before the event took place. RIP Lorna.