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  Club History.  Page two

 

Wishaw Bowling Club has, in the past, been graced with many talented members throughout the years. The most notable being Messrs George Sprot. and his more famous Nephew,  Robert.  George was the first winner of the S.B.A National Singles competition in 1894 And he repeated this success by winning it again in 1896.

 

Robert Sprot was the first person to win the S.B.A. National Singles competition on three separate occasions,  but his most notable achievement was  becoming the British Empire Singles Champion, winning the title in only the second ever Empire Games in 1934.

 

This achievement led to the origination of the present club badge which represents the various countries which Robert competed against on his way to victory  (indicated by the red markings on the badge).

 

The Club has  been represented on other occasions at National level and in 1929 the club held the National Singles and the National Fours title  in the same year. A feat accomplished by no other club at that time

In the past, the club has fostered Three Scottish Internationalists and has been well represented at County and local levels.

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During the early years of the 20th century, the club was actively involved in the local community scene and often granted permission to local organisations, the use of Club facilities.

Bands such as Wishaw Highland pipe band; Glasgow Iron and Steel works band;

and Wishaw Town band regularly gave concerts in the club grounds.

The local professional orchestra Association also held a series of Sunday concerts at the club.

 

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Another milestone in the Club’s progress continued in 1967 with the introduction  of Lady Members  for the first time.  Approximately 20 Ladies joined in their  inaugural year and to date the ladies section enjoys a membership of 101.

 

During 1986 the directors had cause to address the need to replace the Club House due to the condition of the existing building , which had long outlived its life span. This was approved, with  work beginning during the closed season of 1986, and was  completed  prior to  the season  Opening Day in 1987 at a cost of circa £85,000.

Further improvements such as the addition of a members lounge, lowering the existing ceiling and the installation of a new kitchen have been added in recent  years

 

1990 saw the completion of the new Bowls Pavilion situated at the “top green” at a cost of circa £12,300.This outlay was held to a minimum, largely due to the building construction team  which was carried out by the now disbanded Youth Training Scheme (YTS) under the supervision of professional management and qualified instructors.This venture  added  much needed spectator, and changing facilities   to that area.

 

Through diligence and commitment to the task, our committee’s constantly strive towards excellence  in the management of our club and we are proud to be associated with a great institution like Wishaw Bowling Club.

 

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