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Stokes Valley Bowls Club prepares for its 50th anniversary jubilee

May 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

The natural grass green at the Stokes Valley Bowls Club

STOKES VALLEY bowlers are looking forward to celebrating their club’s 50th anniversary.

The Stokes Valley Bowls Club has begun preparations for its jubilee, planned for next year.

President Judy Davidson describes the club as very friendly and family-orientated, and says the jubilee will be a big event for the Valley.

Planned for the first evening (Friday March 14) is a meet and greet for past and present club members, as well as the presidents from other bowling clubs. It will be a chance to catch up with old bowling  friends and meet new ones .

A picture of Blake Signal that hangs in the clubhouse

The jubilee’s main event will be the Diamond Dance, on the Saturday, with a dinner. The dance is to be held at either the Stokes Valley RSA or the Stokes Valley Community Centre.A bowls tournament is planned to run over the two days of the jubilee.

And it is possible that the celebrations will be opened up to the public as well, depending on response to advertisements the club will be putting out.

The Stokes Valley Bowls Club has had a string of achievements during the past season. Member Blake Signal (31) played in the Wellington Reps team for the National Intercentre competition.

Mr Signal has represented New Zealand in four Australian competitions as well as winning two national titles and seven Wellington titles.

Ms Davidson says a highlight for the club is the business league, which is primarily for non-bowlers, with two bowlers and two non-bowlers per team.

The business league has been going for 24 years, and the money from it helps the club get through the winter, when one of its fields lies mostly unused.

Membership numbers have been up and down, according to Ms Davidson, but six new players joined the club recently, and there have been two transfers.

She says the club is always looking for new members, who would be made very welcome.

The Astroturf green at the Stokes Valley Bowls Club

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