A golden future

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STAMPERLAND Bowling Club is celebrating its golden jubilee.

The East Renfrewshire organisation was opened on February 18, 1961 — and the clubhouse was built entirely by its founding members.

Fred Kratt, of Old Mearns Road, Clarkston, drew up plans, won planning permission and started the building works. But he tragically died only a few months before its completion.

Norman Thomson, who designed the club’s 50th anniversary booklet, “Our club has a very interesting history and a good future in front of it. Our club has a vibrant junior section aged between 11 and 17 and they play every Wednesday and Friday after school”.

The club had its official green opening on Saturday but its golden jubilee week will not start until June 6.

It will have mixed games, club versus associations, a ladies jubilee game, past presidents against directors and the David Milligan cup. The club jubilee fun day will round off the week on June 12.

President Andrew Morton said: “It is an honour to be chosen as president of the club bowling club in this, our 50th year. I have been luckier than most as I was also elected president in 1975 and honorary president in 2007.

“I would sincerely like to thank all members past and present for their work, time and effort into making this club what it is today.

“A massive thanks must go to all who have been organising and helping our 50th celebrations.

“Stamperland bowling club like most clubs has changed over the years and we owe a great debt to our founder members who actually built the clubhouse by themselves in putting in a great deal of time and effort.

“I am sure with the directors and members we have today the club will continue to flourish”.

Lady president Isobel Milligan added: “I would like to wish everyone in Stamperland bowling club a very happy year”.