Bright’s Bright Milestone

by Team BV

Bright Bowls Club, celebrated their 125 years as a club, recently, with a lovely happy, casual, chatty dinner, and evening, attended by 60 members and guests. Live music was provided by Mikey Clayton, one of our new members, who kept our guests well entertained all evening.

We were honoured to have attend, our very special guests, Tony Sherwill – CEO of Bowls Victoria, Laureen Smith – President of Ovens and Murray, John Forsyth – Mayor of Alpine Shire Council and Tim May – Chairman of Bright Bendigo Bank. We thank both Tony and Laureen for traveling up to Bright for our evening. Bright Bowls Club felt most privileged by your attendance.

The club’s two life members Bridget Smith and Elaine O’Shea were also our very special guests. Bridget was present at the 100th anniversary, and Ladies President at that time. Bridget and Elaine were chosen to cut the cake with assistance from President Martin Kupferle and Kevin Chalwell, our longest current member, having joined in 1983.

This milestone is an incredible achievement for a small regional club and its history is most impressive from 1898 until now. Having survived two World Wars and The Depression. This small country town has supported the bowls club well throughout it all.

Sunday, was our “Funday” with a few members dressing in the “old style” uniforms. Don’t know how they ever played in those! It made us appreciate all our comforts of today. Twenty-eight members and partners, played with the old wide biased black bowls, which was very interesting and provided a lot of laughs on the day.

We are a small club but have many keen and eager members looking after its future and see it through for the next 25 years.

Author: Jill Woods – Event Organiser

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