This website describes: Tab 1 records many of the bowling and non bowling activities for 2019 and the previous year 2018 in the form of a newsletter. Starting at the top of the page it describes 2019 activities and works backwards. Tab 2 includes a "How to play bowls" guide and club membership details. Tab 3 shows some photos of matches and social events. Tab 4 publishes club newsletters. Tab 5 shows some of our sponsors. Tab 6-11 is a calendar of events for the season which will be updated when matches are finalised.
Why play bowls?
It's fun! You can play on your own, with family and friends, and in club, district or national games.
It is highly unlikely that you will hurt your back or shoulder as in some games. Bowling typically takes a couple of hours, during or after the game you can stop and have a coffee or depending on the time of day, something stronger at the club bar.
It is a relatively easy game to understand and play. It does however take dedication and skill to master the game. Once you have the skills and knowledge, the game becomes one of creative imagination. You will be creating tactics and strategy in response to the ongoing challenges as the game progresses. For example observing the bowling green conditions, is it flat, does it dip where bowlers have walked, is it drying as the weather changes, how does the lie of the grass change the run of the bowl? What are your strengths, what are your opponents strengths?
There are many different ways of joining Cults Bowling Club. There is single membership, family membership, under 21's, for those who want to sample the game without committing to join there is a pay as you play scheme. Bowling club membership is relatively inexpensive. See CULTS BOWLING CLUB Tab 2 of this web site for details.
If you also want to support the club behind the scenes, there are plenty of interesting activities. For example, working behind the bar, catering, various committees, building repairs, DJ/compering(??) our various evenings, and web page design etc are just a few.
The club continues with many other activities throughout the winter season, see below for details.
If you are likely to move from Aberdeen in the future, there are many bowling clubs throughout the UK and abroad making bowling a good way of meeting new people.
Cults Bowling Club Facilities.
2018 and 2019 has seen some great changes and improvements in club facilities from re-painting flag poles, installing a new cooker, a new honours board to a complete refurbishment of the main club room and supporting facilities. Almost all of the work has been completed by club members, notably Alan Harper, Findlay Baxter, Benny Fraser, Alistair Milton, David Mearns and Mike Stephen. The Club is grateful for the contribution of all of these members to the well-being of the Club.
When you visit the club, you will be impressed!
The club has been left money by former member Mollie Cameron. One of our new boards which recorded the previous Ladies’ Presidents and Champions will be inscribed “Mollie Cameron’s Bequest.
Opening of green.
The green will be officially opened on Saturday 13th April at 2.00pm.
As before, we shall share a meal to start our season. This year it will be an Afternoon Tea at a cost
of £6. Prior to the meal, we will play a few ends of bowls, weather permitting, in the form of a
“hat”, the President’s team versus the Vice-President’s. Our President will be there to welcome us,
and the first jack of the season will be delivered by Past President Ellen Smith.
All members or visitors/new members are welcome.
Our recent Coffee morning was a great success. One of the events was The Grand National Sweepstake.
Club funds were a winner along with 1st Tiger Roll - Kenny Fraser won £50, 2nd Magic of Light - Meg Forbes won £30 and 3rd Rathvinden - Don Cross won £20.
Entry forms for the various Club competitions are now available. Please fill them in and return them to Paul Anderson or Anne Stalker not later than Friday, 31st March. Competition draws and round completion dates will be on the notice board for Opening Day.
Details including the fixture list of inter-Club matches will be available to members by Opening Day.
There are a number of qualified coaches in the Club. You will see their names and contact numbers above the notice board in the entry hall. All inexperienced members should make a point of consulting a coach to arrange some coaching sessions. Coaching is also available for moe experienced players.
Tuesday morning closing of green.
Please note that the green will be closed every Tuesday morning, re-opening at 12 noon. This is to allow maintenance work to be carried out both by Club members and by our professional green keepers.
Men’s hat night
Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.
Women’s hat afternoon
On Wednesday afternoon there will be a bounce for all members. This is a new venture and it is hoped it will be well supported. These will be friendly affairs and will provide an opportunity for new or inexperienced members to come along, join in the fun and improve their skills.
This bounce is in addition to Sunday afternoon all members, Monday evening Men members and Wednesday afternoon Women members.
Mixed hat afternoon
Special Bowling Events.
There are a variety of special bowling events planned throughout the season. The first event is on Sunday 9th June welcoming families - grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, friends and children to try bowls.
It is also a chance for beginners to give bowls a try.
Golden Games are offering another free sports & activities festival this year for the over 65s. The programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Sports Village, Sport Aberdeen, Aberdeen Football Club, RGU and the University of Aberdeen. Once again, Cults Bowling Club has been invited to support this prestigious event. Come and bowl for free with us as part of the Golden Games on Friday 7th June at 2:00pm.
Bruce Will, a Cults Bowling Club member will be President of the Bon Accord Bowling Association during 2019. The club will be supporting many prestigious games during Bruce’s presidential year.
The updated facilities enable the club to increase room hire facilities. For enquiries of room hire, please contact the club
Out of season events.
There are many out of season events held at the club including Christmas New Year and a (sold out) Burns Supper. There are two events to come—Mike Monro, speaker on Saturday 2nd March and Mama Mia on Saturday 23 March, members and non members are most welcome.
There will be a coffee morning on Saturday 6th April. Members, guests and everybody else are invited.
In summary a lot has happened to the club during last year and so far this year. There is plenty more to come. New members are most welcome to join us for the 2019 season.
The new 2018 bowling season started with the opening of the green on Saturday 14th April at 2:00pm.
We have also had several informal bounce games since the opening. Our first match is against Polmuir at home on 2nd May - see dropdown tag More - May
Matches for the 2018 season are being entered - see Tab More.....
If you just want a chat about the club, come down on a Tuesday morning when the maintenance team will be working away. They are more than happy to talk to visitors about the club and how it works (if you time it right, you may get a rowie).
There are Ladies game on Tuesday afternoons, gents games Wednesday afternoons and mixed events on Sunday afternoon to name a few.
There is also a family event welcoming children, parents and grandparents on Sunday afternoon 10th June
The first match starts with an opening bounce on 7:00pm Wednesday 18th April
These will be announced shortly. If you are interested in playing for our club, the best time to apply is on Tuesday afternoon 27th March between 2 and 4pm or Wednesday evening 28th March between 7 and 9pm.
The national games at Ayr will be run between 23rd to 28th July.
Our club has again been asked to support a bowling event for the Golden Games, designed mainly for the over 65s’. This event will be hosted on Friday 8th June between 2 and 4pm.
Our new President.
Our new President for 2018 is Ellen Smith. Ellen has had many successes as a bowler and will be a great asset to the club this year.
David Steele was made an honorary President. He joined the club in 1978, has been the club secretary for almost 20 years, has played a very active role on club activities and plays a mean game of bowls.
There are a number of qualified coaches to help you on your way.
Upgrading the club house
There are ambitious plans to upgrade the club house this year.
Closed season 2017-2018
We had some great events throughout the closed season. Our Christmas party hosted unique games, never tried before at the club before. To maintain anonyminity for all concerned, no photos are published!
Once again Rabbie’s life was given a different slant at the Christmas party play – who would have thought that Rabbie and Jean used the Gold Bus to visit Aberdeen – and nae fine pieces! This play was being shown for the first time – a world premier! (eat your heart out Rabbie).
We supported Golden Games by hosting a bowling open day, and MBC week hosting a beetle drive and a bowling open day,
Ladies Christmas Lunch was held on Friday, 8 December at Kippie Lodge.
Gentlemen's Christmas Dinner was held on Thursday, 7 December at the Cults Hotel.
There were several Indoor Mixed Bowling Matches.
The AGM was held on Sunday 26th November
The club is committed to keeping our premises and green in the best possible condition. These activities have been mainly co-ordinated by Alan Harper the property convener. Ongoing maintenance of club by members has included re-pointing of walls, pressure cleaning of slabs surrounding green, through to painting a lampost.
Volunteer bar staff will be undertaking further training this year.
The end of the 2017 bowling season
The green was closed on Saturday 16th September 2017. The final match was between Secretary’s team and Treasurer’s team. This was followed by a splendid afternoon tea. The meal was followed by the presentation of prizes.
The Club supported the Golden Games
Saturday Friendlies Report 2017
As usual, these games provided an opportunity for all members to enjoy an afternoon of bowls played in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We had quite a successful season this year winning 7 out of the 12 matches played. Although we lost the match at Culter there was only 1 shot in it. Hopefully we will come out on top in this local derby at Cults next year. Unfortunately we lost the match against the Aberdeen Ex Presidents and therefore they now hold the Norman Reekie Quaich. We had a win at Polmuir in a close match so we now hold the J Nicol Challenge Trophy.
Only one match had to be called off due to the weather which is quite surprising since we didn’t have a particularly good summer. I think this shows that bowlers are a hardy lot!
Match Secretary’s (men’s) Report 2017
It’s nice to be able to start on a good news story. In the 130 years of Club history, this year is only the third time a Club President has also become the Club Champion. John Fletcher and David Ritchie played a very close match for most of the game but John pulled away at the end to emerge as a very worthy winner. John then went on to perform very creditably in the Champion of Champions competition where he was beaten in the quarter final.
Possibly the best match of the season was the Challenge Cup played between the lady’s champion Roberta Bond and the men’s champion John Fletcher. It was a game of a very high standard which would not have been out of place had it been televised. John emerged as the winner but the eventual score did not represent the closeness of the contest.
Friday Night Leagues
We entered the Fours competition this year, playing in division two and our results were more than satisfactory.
Monday Hat Nights
The play is competitive, banter most enjoyable and companionship amongst the hardy supporters is great.
The senior fixtures include BBA Seniors League and the Wednesday Senior Friendlies.
Match Secretary’s (Ladies) Reports 2017
Our Ladies Champion this year is Roberta Bond with Karen Murray the Runner-up. Our ladies Triples took place over 3 lovely sunny days in May, however our Ladies Fours competition, with some 24 ladies entered, was played on a very wet and windy day in July, and the trophy was eventually awarded on a points total without a final. The Nomination pairs also attracted a good entry in July although the final was postponed due to the finalists competing in Ayr. All other knockout competitions were completed by the end of the season despite some very poor weather.
This has been a good year for Cults Ladies in our ADLBA fixtures. In the league we played four strong teams, winning our section, beating Newhills in the semi-final but unfortunately losing to Whitehall in the final. We had teams in the fours, triples and pairs in the annual tournament. Although the games were close only the pair of Mary Gourlay and Jean Main reached the final. Unfortunately they lost to a pair from Westhill. Karen Murray – our 2016 Ladies Champion represented us in the Champion of Champions but lost to E Reid of Whitehall in the semi-final.
We had a successful season this year in the Scott Pairs and Simpson Triples. The Pairs ended in fourth place in our section but the Triples qualified for the play offs, winning the semi-finals and then the finals at Woodend.
There were seven matches played throughout the season from May to September. Two matches were cancelled due to bad weather. There was a mixture of wins and losses with enjoyment of play and friendliness well to the fore in each game.
This summer 2017 was a very successful season for the ladies of Cults Bowling Club. Despite, or maybe because of, the wet and windy conditions, three teams won through to the National Finals in Ayr. They were Ladies Senior Singles, Ladies Fours, Ladies Senior Fours. The Ladies Fours did very well but were beaten at the quarter final stage.
The 2017 Bowling season
The green was opened Saturday 15th April . There were several new members and many familiar club members attending. Shirley Milton delivered the first bowl of the season, this was followed by a game which was in turn followed by a downpour of rain and hailstones. (See also bowling season open day last year!)
There was a bounce on Wednesday 19th and Wednesday 26th April for some much needed outdoor practice
Outdoor bowling started early in 2017 for Cults Bowling Club.
For the second year Cults Bowling Club was invited to support the Easter after schools activities week at Cults Academy. The coaches presented two fun bowls sessions for ages 9 to 11 and despite the windy conditions fun was had by all participants. Cults Bowling Club looks forward to welcoming anyone from the age of 9 years up to come along to the club and try Bowls this summer.
There was a very successful a coffee morning, on Saturday morning 8th April which raised money for club funds. There was a tombola, home made cakes and sandwiches.
Congratulations x 2
1) Bruce Will is the new Junior Vice President of the Bon Accord Bowling Association. In two years time he will become President. This is a great honour for Bruce and also for Cults Bowling Club.
2) Betty Morrison has once again been selected to play for Scotland in October.
The Golden Games, delayed due to the weather was rearranged for Friday 28th July. The weather was kind to us on this second attempt.
We had 14 visitors from around Aberdeen who all enjoyed the day. Several of the visitors are now considering joining their local clubs. Three Cults locals will be applying for Cults membership.
We look forward to supporting the Golden Games initiative again next year.
The Bowling Brownies
Cults Bowling Club hosted a very successful Bowling Brownies event with the local Brownies - see collage photos.
Who could dispute that the women of Cults Bowling Club are the dominant force in bowling in Aberdeen? CBC Ladies National Finals 2017 (again).
Once again CBC ladies are heading for Ayr to play in the Bowls Scotland National Finals held in August. This time there are 2 rinks and a singles player going down. Ellen Smith played in the Senior Singles competition. Aileen Cruickshank, Moyra Emslie, Marlyn Bewsher and Roberta Bond represented us in the Senior Ladies Fours whilst our representatives in the Ladies Fours were Ann Stalker, Marlyn Bewsher, Sylvia Short and Roberta Bond. To qualify for the National Finals, the teams had to win the District competition first. Karen Murray deserves a commendation for winning her way through to the Ladies District final though not succeeding to pull it off on this occasion. This is the third year running that the Cults ladies have sent teams to Ayr.
More Congratulations for Cults Bowling Club new champions for 2017!
Senior Ladies Singles Champion is Ellen Smith.
Ladies Fours Champions are Anne Stalker, Marlyn Brew, Sylvia Short, Roberta Bond.
Ladies Senior Fours Champions are Aileen Cruickshank, Moyra Emslie, Marlyn Brewsher, Roberta Bond.
Senior Mens Champion is John Fletcher.
Ladies v Men
The men are getting better!
Every year we have a Cults member's Ladies v Men bowling match. This year's match was on Wednesday 16th August 2017.
In previous years the ladies have consistently beaten the men.
In this tense annual event, the match ended in a draw - or in bowling language peeled.
The match was followed by (some would say the main event) a get together and magnificent cakes (provided by the ladies) and raffle prizes (provided by the men).
Some of the 2016 to 2017 bowling and social activities.
Closed season activities
Games night Tuesdays began22nd September 2016 at 7:30pm
Whist nights Tuesdays began 4th October 2016 at 6:45pm
Quiz night Saturday 24th October 2016 7 for 7:30pm
Gentlemen's Dinner Thursday 24th November 2016 Cults Hotel 7:00 for 7:30
Beetle Drive Saturday 26th November 2016 7 for 7:30pm
Christmas party Saturday 10th December 2016 7 for 7:30pm
Ladies Christmas lunch Friday 16th December 2016 12:00 for 12:30pm
Burns night Saturday 21st January 2017 7 for 7:30pm
Magician Saturday 25th February 2017 7 for 7:30pm
Musical Evening Saturday 25th March 2017
Some Room Hires during 2016:
*The Soroptimists evening in our Club which was a great success with money being raised to support the district of MERU in Kenya.
*The Hockey Club booked for its presentation of prizes,
*90th birthday party.
Indoor Mixed Bowling Matches
Cults v Ex Presidents at Summerhill was held on Sunday 30th October 2016
Cults v Stonehaven at Stonehaven was held on Sunday 20th November
Cults v seafield at Summerhill was held on 5th February 2017
The AGM was held in clubhouse on Sunday 27th November at 2pm 2016.
Closing of the green
The bowling season ended for Cults Bowling Club on Saturday 17th September 2016, when the green was closed. The day began with a game of bowls followed by a splendid afternoon tea, when games won and lost will no doubt be remembered (and possibly exaggerated). Presentation of prizes followed.
You should have been there, a great day!!
Ladies Handicap: Ellen Smith and Karen Murray were the finalists in a high quality game. It was a very even game throughout with Ellen taking the lead at 20 – 18. At the next end It looked as if it was game over as Ellen lay 3 good shots but Karen had one bowl still to play. She came into the head to rest beside the lying shot. A measure! It fell in Ellen’s favour. Congratulations to Ellen and to Karen for a competitive game played in the best spirit.
Open Singles: Bruce Will and Alistair Milton It was an even game until Alistair pulled ahead to lead 18 – 11. But we all know not to count our chickens in the game of bowls and, let’s face it, Bruce is an old fox. He dug in and claimed the lead at 20 – 19. It was Bruce’s jack at what proved to be the last end. His first bowl landed on the jack—it wouldn't be beaten by a drawing shot. All the pundits in the Club House knew what had to be done—so did the two competitors. Alistair had to spring the jack; Bruce needed to put in back bowls. Alistair failed with his first 3 running bowls but it did give him back bowls. Bruce was almost there with his protective bowls but would have liked to add another yard. Alistair had the last bowl. Same weight , looked like the same grass but this time it hit the bowl. The jack sprung. Two of Alistair’s bowls were waiting for it. Game over. Congratulations to Alistair and Bruce for such an exciting final.
A few more 2016 club competition results.
16/Sept Open Singles 80 May Simpson and George Lawson met in the final of this prestigious competition on Wednesday in front of an enthusiastic group of supporters which George eventually won.
Nomination Pairs - Alastair Mackie Trophy - A. (Sandy) Watson and Mike Main.
Singles Championship - Christie Trophy - Stephen Henry
Senior Open Singles Trophy - Henderson Trophy - Alistair Milton
The Davie Buchan Trophy: George Lawson v Joan Mair. A game that went to three sets with Joan running out the winner. Joan is the niece of the late Davie Buchan so as she said he would be pleased with the result. In fact, he would be doubly pleased since this is the second time Joan has won the trophy.
Ladies’ Nomination Pairs: Ellen Smith and Moyra Emslie v Sheila Fyfe and Roberta Bond. Ellen and Moyra led 11—10 going into the last end. A measure gave the shot to Sheila and Roberta which meant an extra end. A change of tactics—Roberta called for the mat to be brought up. Is that what made the difference? Sheila and Roberta won the end and the trophy.
Men’s Singles Handicap: Angus MacGillivray v Mike Main Angus won the day.
Men’s Club Pairs: Ron Sangster and Bruce Will v Angus MacGillivray and Peter Blackhall. Angus and Peter were the winners.
Mixed Pairs: May Simpson and Ron Sangster v Moyra Emslie and Sandy Watson. Moyra and Sandy were sitting on a comfortable lead at 10---3 then they lost a seven. (We have all experienced it. How does it happen?) May and Ron went on to win.
10th September. In the Corporate Games the Shell team, which were coached at Cults over the previous weeks, won all 6 of their round robin matches and went on to win the final. They all enjoyed their afternoon. Well done to them and many thanks to all those who were involved with the coaching. You obviously did a good job.
Cults Bowling Club supported the Miltimber, Bieldside and Cults (MBC) Festival again this year on Sunday 21st August between 2pm and 4pm, We has a mix of players from other clubs and people who had never played before. And the weather was lovely - a perfect day for bowls.
An MBC beetle drive, raising money for charity was held at the Cults Bowling Club on Friday 2nd September.
More evidence that bowling appeals to all ages - see photos of our younger bowlers under the Facilities and Photos tab, and the club is also hosting a 90th birthday party for Maxi and Agnes!! They are both still bowling.
Mens V Ladies bowling competition on Wednesday 17th August. The men won!!
It was a beautiful day with a beautiful afternoon tea.
The ladies championship final took place on Wednesday, 3 August. The gladiators were Roberta Bond and Karen Murray. This was not the first time they have met and it was a great high quality final with some great bowls. Karen was crowned champion 2-13.
A few congratulations.........
1) Karen Murray reached the final of the singles competition of the Aberdeen City tournament held at Westburn Park. Karen was beaten in the final 21-16 but this was a great achievement and next year.......
2) Roberta Bond and Moyra Emslie who for the second year running have qualified for the last day of Whitehall BC’s invitation pairs. This means they will be playing against established international players on Sunday, 31 July. We expect them to win, don’t we?
3) The St Devenick’s Trophy triples competition took place on Saturday, 23 July. There were 36 players-12 teams-which meant a full green prior to the semi-finals. Always a good sight. The winners were Mary Lillie, Ann Stalker and skip, Norman Hartley: the runners-up were Jean Parry, Margaret McDonald and skip Alistair Milton. The finalists played a total of 35 ends.
All those who keep the green in good shape (it is playing really well), organise matches and social events, repair things, staff the bar and kitchen.
Golden Games 2016.
As in previous years Cults Bowling Club was asked to support The Golden Games. again. Organisation went well, pizzas were delivered and members were there. Unfortunately there was a downpour, so bowls was cancelled. Guests have been invited to our MBC open day
Cults Bowling club had an open afternoon on Sunday 12th June 2016. The event had a mix of young and older players, new comers to the game and members who hadn't played recently. There was a strawberry tea afterwards.
During the OPENING OF THE BOWLING GREEN on 16th April 2016 it rained, sleeted and the sun shone. We did however, have a splendid buffet.
Bowling has been delayed until week commencing Monday 25th April to allow the green to dry out.
And we already have 6 new members!During.
The club had a successful coffee morning on Saturday 9th April 2016 where members and guests made and renewed bowling friendships, and also raised some club funds.
Winter Season Events
Cults Bowling Club continued to be active during the winter season hosting a Christmas party, New Year celebrations, Burns night, poetry evening with Marjorie Mitchell and a musical evening with Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson.
The Robbie Burns celebratory evening was a great event, and included a small supporting and very funny play, written and delivered by club members!
The Poetry Evening with Marjorie Mitchell was a great success. Throughout the evening, Marjorie linked her personal experiences to her poetry. Many of the audience had had similar lifetime experiences which added a deeper meaning for the listeners.
Since her earlier, well known publication 'Brussel Sprouts for Tea.' she has written many other successful poems and publications.
In the spirit of the evening Marjorie penned a poem for us. Readers of this website are the first (in the world!) to see this published! To set the scene, it was suggested that if members did not want a poetry evening, we knew a magician!
If They Don't Want Me He's Got A Magician Up his Sleeve.
To read my poetry at the bowling club!
If honest I can think of nothing worse.
To read my poetry, yes; but, bowling club?
Who could conflate such notions - bowling and verse!
I don't do bowling poems. I don't do fun
and who'll like poetry if it doesn't rhyme?
But a magician!! Surely anyone
with half a brain or less will see through him!
My terza rimas, sonnets, villanelles.
His hocus pocus, magic wands and spells.
Abracadabra - rabbits in a hat!
Oh poetry offers so much more than that.
Eight bowlers have signed up so far, he says.
I've not to worry yet - it's early days.
The night with Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson on Saturday 26th March at the Hub on North Deeside Rd. Cults was excellent. There was music and songs to suit all tastes, funny, sad and stirring.
The icing on the musical cake was a wine reception and buffet during the evening.
How to Find Us
293 North Deeside Road, Cults. Aberdeen AB15 9PA
By Bus: N19, 19, 119, 201, 202, 203. Nearest bus stop is Westerton Rd (on North Deeside Rd)
By Car: A few spaces are (sometimes) available on the same side of Deeside Road and next to the club gates. There is a lay-by approx 200 meters from the club towards Aberdeen. There is also road parking available on the various roads off North Deeside Road.
Some important happenings during 2018
1) Due to Bruce Wills' recent appointment as Vice President of the Bon Accord Bowling Association
(BBA) we will be hosting the
BBA Semi Finals at the Cults Bowling Club on 22nd May.
2) We are also hosting the Bowls Scotland Regional Semi Finals on the 7th June and -
3) the early stages of the Scottish Ladies National Championships.
4) We have been asked again to support the Golden Games for the over 65s on Friday 8th June, 2pm - 4pm
5) We will be supporting Miltimber Beildside and Cults (MBC) initiatives again this year, details to be confirmed.
6) This year, volunteer bar staff will be given further training, and after the season ends, the club will undergo significant refurbishment.
Cults Bowling Club 2017.
A year of mixed fortunes
We had several new members at the beginning of the year, since then however our total membership has reduced. We are still one of the larger clubs in Aberdeen with over 130 members.
So, New Members are welcome!
Our room hire and (when required) bar and kitchen hire has been used for several clients ranging from fund raising events to AGM’s. Feedback has been very positive.
Club members also use the rooms for special events, the most recent being celebratory birthday parties.
Our bowling competitions, serious and friendly have produced some really interesting games and new champions. We won the district fours which once again took our players to the National Finals at Ayr. Several of our younger players have qualified for the bowling bronze medal and for the second year we created a new Opensingle80 – we cater for all ages! Most of these games coincided with glorious weather. (Again, see panel on left for details).
During 2017 we will.........
Brief summary of 2016 .
The 2016 bowling season has come and gone far too quickly.
It has been another good year for the Cults Bowling Club, beginning with various pre-season’s club nights ranging from Robbie Burns night to a presentation on Iceland.
Our green had suffered over the winter months but was quickly fixed thanks to the green keeper sub contractor, and Mike Main. Our green ultimately became the fastest green in Aberdeen requiring a different set of skills from players used to our earlier, slower green. The bowling season started with Rachel Main, one of our younger members delivering the first bowl.
As usual, the inter-club friendly games created many opportunities to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of bowls and catch up with other bowling friends. Although we did not have a particularly good success rate we did win the match against the Aberdeen Ex Presidents regaining the Norman Reekie Quaich and retained the J Nicol Challenge Trophy.
This season was a special for many members who celebrated their birthdays at the club, went on bowling holidays, coached and played with their children and relatives in family friendlies, coached the school children, made new friends, or just listened to the observational comedy provided by George and Gary. Findlay Baxter also had a very special season, after 31 years of trying he finally succeeded in winning the men’s championship. Very impressive!
The club’s ladies continue to dominate the men in bowling at a club and national level. Last year the ladies won the first year of the Cults Senior Singles, but generously allowed a man – Alistair Milton to win this year! However, they thrashed the men in the Men v Ladies games. Our ladies took part in 7 finals over the season. Our fours team were the victors in Bowls Scotland District 4 competition and then onto the national tournament in Ayr. Having won club champion, Roberta Bond went on to win the (all clubs) Champion of Champions! Our first for the Cults Bowling Club!
We also had a great turnout for the Thank You hat event. This event acknowledges the work done by the ladies through the year - the men providing all catering and serving of food (to the ladies).