At Sandgate Bowls Club, it’s not just about bowls; it’s about community and mates coming together. Club chairman Ian Connell said, “To keep the club viable, we are creating a community hub.
“We’re encouraging locals to become social members. We’ve had a lot of people tell us they don’t want to lose another club in the area, so becoming a social member is an easy way for people to support the club.
Ian adds the club is becoming a popular place for social community functions and events.
“We have groups like Probus and University of the Third Age using our function rooms, and the club is now home to a casual dinner dance once a month with a live band.
“It’s becoming increasingly popular, and it’s an affordable night out. People come for dinner or just to enjoy live music and dancing.
The club also hosts the Peninsula Jazz Group on the last Sunday afternoon of each month.
“There are also dance classes held here on a Wednesday night. We believe the club’s dance floor is one of the biggest and best dance floors in north Brisbane, so it’s fantastic to have people using it and enjoying it.”
With the new lease of life for the club will come a new look clubhouse, “We also have an innovative plan to rejuvenate the existing clubhouse which will appeal to people of all ages and turn Sandgate Bowls Club into a must-visit destination. It will be family friendly with no gambling machines, live music and good food.
“ We’re very excited about the prospect of reinvigorating the club; it will guarantee the club’s continuation and should enable us to attract new players to play bowls either as an active, competitive player or a casual barefoot bowler.
“With increased income, the club can put in place a five-year development plan to improve the facilities including the conversion of two grass greens to a covered synthetic green for all weather play.
“We also have a great range of packages for corporate and social events including barefoot bowls, team building, corporate events, conferences and social occasions.
“There are exciting times ahead,” Ian said.
For more information phone 3269 4904 or follow Sandgate Bowls Club on Facebook for regular updates. Sandgate Bowls Club is located at Keogh Street, and the bar is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5.30pm and on Friday from 4-7pm. Social memberships are $10.