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October 2023 Newsletter

From the President

Summer season is now underway with inter club and pennants due to commence this week and the ladies already completing their spring into bowls tournament after a false start last week due to inclement weather.
Entries are open for club championships and are due to close soon so get your names down if you haven’t already done so.
Congratulations to Pip Kiddey, Jo Stock, Kim Tilly and Simon Nyhof on their selections for the Central Otago rep. team and we wish them all the best for their encounter with Southland on the 15th October.
An introduction to bowls session was held recently for new bowlers and was well received by those who attended.
Many thanks to Mark Daniels and Murray Finn who assisted me with this.
Remember any member who requires individual coaching please contact either Murray Finn,Marilyn Steel or myself.
Finally good luck and good bowling for the coming season.


Central Otago Presidents Report

In case you missed it. A point in the President's Report.

 "Pathway to National Honors is also changing this year.  Tournament winners will be eligible to compete at the National Champion of Champions. More entries would be a welcome result."


Some of you maybe aware of the water problems. Women's interclub Tuesday 3rd October has been transferred to Alexandra BC. Queenstown will now be hosting those transferred teams on 17th October. (This previously was transferred to Clyde but is now Alexandra BC.)

Please note that the 1-10 tournament pairs on Sunday 1 October  will go ahead in Queenstown as planned. Clean drinking water will be available.

Membership Cards and Access code


The new cards are available, make sure you collect yours. The new access code applies from Friday 29th September and it is printed on the corner of the card.

Men's Match Committee

Please put names up for men's Wednesday pennants by lunch time Monday and for Saturday pennants by Wednesday lunch time.

Women's Match committee

Next week 4th October is Ferns. Sheets are up for the Club Champs. Spring into club bowls Wednesday 27 September. Women wore floral and Jill Hill took out the best dressed once again.

Club tournament winners: Alice Turnbull, Alison Hebbard, Kathryn Liggins

Womens Spring into Bowls Tournament rescheduled to 28 September

Winners were Clyde: Lynn McArthur (s), Donna Callaghan, Lillian Robinson. Thanks to the organisers and ladies catering. The weather was delightfully springlike however a brief storm came in about 4pm while some of us were still in the clubhouse. 

Opening Day & Prizegiving 10 September

Click on arrows to scroll.

Look under honours tab in top right menu for names of winners.


Sal's Pizza Kindly provided pizza's on our opening day. They were delicious. Please use Sal's if you want pizza. You can order on line at or local shop is on level 2 / 80 Ardmore Street. You can dine in, take away or get delivery.

Last of the stadium finals on September 3rd

Stadium Mixed Fours

Ken Allison, Jan Allen, Jo Stock, Ken Muir

Stadium Mixed Pairs

Mark Daniels; Heather Malcolm

Community Bowls September Report

1st Sept: Jo Stock run a very successful event for the Aspiring Rotary Social night,

8th Sept: another 30 odd people from Harcourt's were hosted by Margaret Young (they sent a message of, "how much they enjoyed their night made possible by the helpers!")

20th Sept: Arthur Sutherland run his own event for a Reunion of College Rugby Team.  

26th Sept: Amy & Todd Swain ran a great night for the 26 Rotarians arranged by Chris Wright.  

30th September: Ken & Kathryn hosted their friends 50th Wedding Anniversary having the Lions catering for their dinner.
Thank you again to the Controllers and their helpers that allows these fund raisers to continue.
WBC Liaison Officer: Kathryn Mitchell

Person of Interest "Margaret Young


We have been fortunate to have Margaret's teaching and organisational skills in our club. Since 2015 until last year, she has held a position on the board. During that time, she completed 5 years as stadium convenor and over 4 years with the community bookings.  She was well suited to this with her clear and fun manner and always received applause by the astonished visitors as she demonstrated how to roll a bowl and get it on the jack. Highly regarded by her bowling mates her name occurs in all sections of the honours boards from 2012 onwards. She is not just an excellent bowler, (among other sports) but her passion since she was young has been music.


My first introduction to Margaret's other talent was when Margaret, along with Trevor Tattersfield, accompanied us at a sing-along at the Bowling Club Christmas Party. With a lifelong dedication to the piano, she has shared her abilities teaching and accompanying choirs and as a church pianist / organist. While holding a teaching position in Tapanui primary at the same time as being a farmers wife and mother, Margaret was utilised as musical director of the school's theatrical concerts and also by Blue Mountain College. Most notably was her contribution to the West Otago Theatrical Society for a number of years, as the Musical director and as the pianist in the Orchestra. Margaret says they were very lucky to have an abundance of talent inthe district to work with.

Margaret is still involved in accompanying a Wanaka choir and various services when required. Her skills are in particular demand leading up to Christmas. Don't be surprised when she dashes away from bowls to tinkle the ivories.

From the Editor

Apologies to at least 140 odd of our members for whom I haven't written a story about. I know we've all got a special story to tell but the ones I chose I just happened to stumble upon. It was meant to be about a special interest and not bowls but I felt it would be an injustice to Margaret Young not to mention bowls. That's it for now for the Person of Interest. 

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