COBOURG LAWN BOWLING CLUB – SOGGY START TO THE SEASON
The Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club officially opened for its 109th season on Saturday May 14th but the bowling gods were not kind with the weather and a cold, wet day put paid to plans for the first club game (known as a jitney) of the season.
Traditionally the club holds a pot luck lunch followed by a jitney and whilst members kept warm and enjoyed an excellent lunch in the club house the afternoon game had to be cancelled, the first time for many years that this has happened.
The rain did relent sufficiently enough for the guest of honour, Deputy Mayor John Henderson to formally open the season by rolling the first bowl.
During the opening ceremony Henderson, an ex member of the club, spoke about how he may return to the sport in time. He also congratulated the club on how good the club house was looking after recent improvements with a new railing on the veranda and new eaves troughs. He noted what a busy season the club has ahead with so many tournaments; hosting the District play downs for the Ontario senior games; and hosting the Ontario Under 18 championships at the end of June, an event that he hoped to attend and which he would ask Council to help publicise.
The busy schedule that Henderson referred to starts immediately with a schools programme commencing this week and the District 12 senior games play downs on May 19th. And then on Saturday May 21st the club will host an open house (10.00 am until 4.00 pm) at which anyone can drop by and obtain information about lawn bowling, as well as getting on the greens to ‘Give it a Try’
The start of a new season is always a joyous occasion for lawn bowlers but the start of this season is tinged with great sadness at the death of member Bob Tough last week. Bob was a willing volunteer, looking after property repairs at the club for many years. He was a fine bowler and always encouraged others and passed on his knowledge to them. But more than that he played with a smile and a laugh and made the game better for those he was with. He will be sadly missed.