Probus talk on Ellon Bowling Club

President David Barclay welcomed 26 members to the Ellon Probus Club meeting last Thursday, and introduced guest speaker and fellow member Leslie Milne, who gave a talk about Ellon Bowling Club.

Leslie has been a bowling club member since 1992 and has been an office-bearer and president.

This year is the club’s centenary. It was started by Andrew Cairns who canvassed the people of Ellon about its creation, and managed to get 77 volunteers to join.

Most of the early clubhouse and bowling green were built by these volunteers and Ellon now has the biggest green in the Buchan area.

It was the Scots who first unified the laws of the game in 1848 and a Scottish Bowling Association was formed in 1892, followed by an English association in 1903.

By then, bowls was being played internationally and an International Bowling Board was created in 1905 responsible for the laws and code of the game.

The Ellon club has a membership of around 120 and has been a member of Buchan Bowling Association since 1922.

Ellon has won the League trophy on ten separate occasions and fields two teams. Leslie talked at length about the club structure and two prominent members in particular, Mike Stephen and Ellen Bartlet, who have been granted “Freedom of the Green”.

The club has held various activities to mark their centenary year including a fun day in August to promote interest among the younger generation.

The talk was of great interest and the vote of thanks was proposed by Stan Smith.