Condorrat Bowling Club

Founded October 1973

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In the Beginning

In August 1973, the local Town Council called a public meeting in the Town Hall for Abronhill and Condorrat residents interested in forming a bowling clubs in their respective areas.

Although the meeting was well attended the response from Condorrat was not very encouraging.

Despite this response, a small number of those present canvassed the village for support and organised a meeting in the local Miners Welfare Hall.

At this meeting those present indicated their desire for a bowling green and elected seven men and one woman as a steering committee to investigate the feasibility of forming a club.

In conjunction with the Scottish Sports Council and the Town Council, costs and available grants were examined and a constitution was drawn up and the village recanvassed for support and money.

At a meeting in October 1973, this information was made public and after debate it was agreed that a proposed constitution be adopted and the club be known as Condorrat Bowling Club.

A Committee was formed and fees agreed.

A lease for the ground was obtained from the Cumbernauld Development Corporation and a grant from the Scottish Sport Council. Loans were also obtained from the Regional and District Councils with the Secretary and Treasurer agreeing to be trustee and guarantors of the loans until the green and club were completed.

Initially committee meeting were held in secretary's home until the church offered their facilities free of charge.

To raise funds and keep members aware of the club's existence, dances were held in the Compass Centre in Seafar and the Muirhead Public Hall. A sweepstake was also organised to raise money.

Initially committee members collected money for this, but gradually this duty was taken over by a small group of seniors who also kept members informed of what was happening

Various sites were discussed and examined but in the end, economics ruled that we build on our present site.

A local architect was appointed to design the clubhouse and lay the green.

Two years after the club was formed the clubhouse foundations were laid, the green excavation work began and at last members had something to see.

In February 1976 the complex was officially handed over to members and modifications were put in place to allow the forming of a bar. It was the end of March before the members had free use of the clubhouse and although the green was laid, the committee decided it was best to leave the green unplayed until 1977.

Despite not having a green, a " Gents singles " and mixed pairs competition were held in 1976, with most of the games being played at Ravenswood and Springburn with the finals being held at Cumbernauld Bowling Club. Friendly games were held at Springburn, Gartsherie, Lenzie & Westermains and they proved to be very popular, as did the Saturday morning practices at Springboig.

The times of worry and great despondency caused by a lack of money and things being slow to materialise were soon forgotten on that Saturday in May 1977 the club was officially opened and we could play on our own Green.

And the rest is  History