Keswick Bowls Club 2007...125 years on...
A MESSAGE FROM ERIC JOHNSTON, HON SECRETARY OF THE CUMBRIA COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION
It is a privilege and a pleasure to be asked to provide a foreword to your 125th anniversary handbook.
1882 was an important year, Bernard Conlon opens his first optical practice in Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers Football Club was formed, the 1882 cricket season gave rise to the Ashes and The Married Women's Property Act of 1882 enabled women to buy, own and sell property and to keep their own earnings!! More importantly 1882 saw the opening of the Keswick Fitz Park Bowling Club.
The Fitz Park Club has provided a focal point of sporting activity within the community for a considerable period of time. Throughout that time there have been significant contributions by members both on and off the green which have ensured the present strength of the Club today.
Since those early days in 1882, bowls has developed in this country and around the world but I believe we are now at a crossroads in our history with decisions to be made for the future of our wonderful game. Unfortunately, for some time now we have been seeing a reduction across the country. Even with the advent of televised bowls, which introduced the game to a massive audience some years ago, we are still not seeing the influx of new blood that we would expect. There are many reasons for this and it is up to us all to encourage new members of all ages to join our Clubs.
One positive way forward is the current plan to move towards the unification of outdoor bowls into a single unified body. This will join the associations of men and women together and enable the sport to move forward as a powerful organisation better equipped to represent the needs of bowlers at every level.
Finally, I wish the President, Officers and members of Fitz Park every success with their celebrations this year and trust it will be a memorable year for everyone who participates in the planned activities.
Furthermore at the end of the year, I hope the Keswick Fitz Park Bowling Club will enjoy continued strength and fortune as it looks forward to its next major celebration.
ERIC JOHNSTON County Secretary.
As President in 2007
it gives me great pleasure to welcome all visitors and friends to this our 125th year as a bowling club. I am sure that in the next 25 years there will be many changes as there have been in the past.
This year we have had the honour of hosting a game with the E.B.A. President Mr. Peter Arnold and his representative team. We also have many touring teams from different parts of the country visiting us this season, and we look forward to entertaining them all.
Fitz Park bowling club president Donald Holme signs the bowling programme for English bowling association officials left to right..Ian Woodcock 2006 president,Dennis Cousins junior vice president,Cliff Waterman senior vice president and John Tolley 2005 president.
KESWICK'S bowlers turned out in force to take part in a very special match this week to mark Fitz Park Bowling Club's 125th anniversary.
Members played a select team from the English Bowling Association, which included this year's president, Peter Arnold. The English bowling team was drawn from 11 different counties and the players' expertise showed. Keswick president Donald Holme said: "Unfortunately, the association brought out the 'big guns' and Keswick lost the match. "We were honoured that so manypeople came along and the weather was ideal. This was a perfect day to mark our anniversary." The day included lunch in the Fitz Park bower, before a celebration meal at Keswick's Skiddaw Hotel.
Finally, I would like to thank all the club and committee members for their help in organising and participating in these events which will make our 125th year a special one. I hope our club will continue to grow, prosper and most importantly give people enjoyment for many years to come.
Keswick Bowls Club. Secretary: Derryck Corrighan