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About The Club

The Longford Bowls & Community Club was first established in 1948 since then it has undergone many changes and updates to become what it is today.

You can find the club at 3 Archer Street, Longford, Tasmania.

Our club is open to everyone, is doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an adult, you are welcome to come and visit or to join and play games.  We do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ability or anything else, we want everyone to feel welcome.  We have a range of different memberships available based on the type of involvement you want to have with the club.

We are fortunate enough to have 2 greens, the first is the grass green, this is used over the bowls pennant season of September to April and then rested over the winter.  Our second is a synthetic green, this one can be used all year and is great to get some practice on even over the winter months.

Our History

In 1948 an initial conversation between Mr Ray Hortle and Rev Fred Taylor to discuss the formation of a bowls club in Longford, a meeting was held and a decision made to form the Longford Bowls Club.

While it took some time to find the perfect location eventually the purchase was made for the land on which the synthetic green now stands.  The founding members were asked to pay an initial subscription of ten pounds, for the succeeding 2 years they were to pay an annual subscription of two pounds and two shillings, after this the subscription was four pounds and four shillings annually.

Once the land was purchased with a loan of six hundred pounds from the bank, the hard work really commenced.   A frame was built for the club house and the cultivation of the land began for the first green, this was officially opened on the 18th February 1950 with still a lot of work to be completed.  The club house was built and opened on the 20th October 1951.

Until 1958 the bowls club had half of the present grounds, but with the view of expansion they put in an offer on the adjoining land for five hundred pounds which was accepted.  It took quite some time to begin work on the second green with this opening for the 1968/1969 season.

An membership grew discussions began to build and newer and larger club house. In October 1976 a steering committee was formed and plans were developed, though a Government grant wasn't able to be secured, the club were able to get 37 guarantors to finance a 10yr bank load for $60,000.  Through bingo, indoor bowls and other functions the club was able to repay the loan in four years.  The new clubhouse was opened on the 17th April 1982.

 

In 1994 at the annual general meeting it was proposed that the present clubhouse be extended by altering the locker rooms, toilets and providing additional office space.  This went ahead quickly and by Christmas of 1994 the final stages were completed.and

The club started to investigate synthetic greens in 1989 but the club didn't proceed with the project at that time, it wasn't until 2010 that it was once again on the agenda and the plans were made to go ahead.  The green was opened in January 2012 but within three weeks, a pile of thousands of tyres were set alight and warm ash fell on the new green which made it unusable, a new green then had to be laid.

The first men's pennant team was created in 1950 with the ladies forming their own bowling club in late 1949, they then became associates of the men's club in 1950.  The ladies then organised their own midweek bowls and began playing pennant in 1951.

Indoor bowls has long been part of the Longford Bowls Club, they started playing in the old club rooms in 1978 and still continues today.

Team of the Century

In November 2008 a dinner was held to celebrate the clubs 60 year period, 1948 - 2008.  To coincide with the dinner, a 'Team of the Century' was announced. 

The team selected were:

D. Barrett, P. Blackwell, D. Crocker, S. Crocker,   

T. Courto, C. Dudman, C. Felmingham, G. Gilmour, 

B. Howard, R. Long, J. Maloney, M. Saltmarsh,

JH. Spencer, M. Strochnetter, S. Summers,

S. Zaporozec

Reserves: R. Baker, J. Whittington

Life Members

Club Captains

Rev. F. Taylor *

N. G Gatenby *

R. W Hortle *

C. S Stokes *

E. J Mitchell *

L. J Green *

J. Woodhead *

G. W Hudson *

R. K Terry *

E. J Howard (MBE) *

M. V Dixon *

G. French *

R. Baker *

G. S Millar (OAM) *

G. Yaxley *

E. Bramich *

M. M Viney (OAM) *

M. J Barnes

G.A Shaw (OAM)

P. F Maher (OAM)

J. Shaw

M. Saltmarsh

M. Strochnetter

P. Buchanan

M. Jackson

* Member now deceased

M. Strochetter

M. Saltmarsh

J. Dixon *

P. Buchanan

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Social bowls in front of the old club house

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The first ladies pennant team in 1951

Opening Day 1951

The original clubhouse

N.T.B.A Division 2 Pennant Winners

1973/74

Team of the Century members

What's On?

Jackpot Pairs

Every Tuesday

12pm for 12:30pm start

2 games of 11 ends

$10 per person

Call the club to register

Friday Night Meals

Every Friday

6:30pm

$6 per meal

Pennant

Thursday and Saturday between October and April

Carnivals

We offer a range of carnivals over the year, check out our Facebook page to stay updated.

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