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Club Profile

Urangan Bowls Club is a not-for-profit organisation and as such we rely on support from our members, the local community and local businesses.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our members and guests, and our primary purpose is to provide the facilities and infrastructure for the playing and enjoyment of the sport of Lawn Bowls in a friendly environment.

The Club provides 2 covered artificial greens with a program runs both day and night games in all weather conditions, all year round

New Bowlers receive free coaching to get them started and help them with the finer points of bowls.

The Club has a Junior Bowls program for children aged 9 to 17.  It is supervised and free with experienced coaches, and is suitable for kids who want to play just for fun or take up the game competitively. Many of our juniors compete in local junior competitions and some have been selected to play for the District and State.

The Urangan Bowls Club is located at the southern end of Hervey Bay, close to beaches and the Botanic gardens. 


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Membership

Club Nomination Fee $25.00

Full Lawn Bowls Membership $100.00

Social Member $25.00

Club History

Urangan Bowls Club as we know it today would be cause for many of the original members to be flush with pride. It was only just over 30 years ago that the first clubhouse and green was officially opened. Of course it didn’t happen over night and just as with other bowls clubs, many wonderfully dedicated people made it happen. A public meeting held in May 1974 decided that a new bowls club in Hervey Bay should be formed and so it did. The Urangan Bowls Club was founded in 1975 and built on land generously donated by the first president, Roy Robb.

The early years. Much was needed to be done before the first bowl could be rolled and the archives tell of the tireless efforts by many of the first club members who proved to be the backbone on which the Urangan Bowls Club success story was built. The first secretary, Rod Gilbert, had an enormous work load ensuring the proper RQBA affiliation measures were met, electricity connected ,road access made, town water connected and finance arranged. The original bank loan was short of the required amount so Rod started Bingo sessions on a Monday night in the Memorial Hall at Pialba which contributed around $10,000 towards the building costs. That was a fantastic effort in a period when bingo was held on most nights of the week in the same hall.

No poker machine profits in those days He also had the tricky task of obtaining a Liquor Licence while serving stubbies from a couple of fridges in the old soil shed. Anyone who has dealt with the Licensing Inspectors would appreciate what a feat that was in itself. Rod became the club’s first Licencee. Plans for the clubhouse were in progress while the finance was being arranged and a very proud President Roy Robb rolled the first bowl on opening day on 3rd December 1977.

While this was all happening Roy Robb convened a meeting of lady bowlers who formed the first Urangan Bowls Club Ladies Club in March 1977. Frances Larsen held the honour of being the club’s first Lady President. It wasn’t long before the new club needed more room to cater for the tremendous increase in new members so land for the second green was purchased and extensions to the clubhouse got underway. The installation of the second green was completed and officially opened during 1982. Vern Staib was President of the men’s club at this time and Maisie Briskie the Lady President. Another of our early workhorses, Ron (Skinny) Stanton was President when the clubhouse extensions were carried out and opened in 1983. The clubhouse was completed and officially opened in January 1986 with Fred Drew as President. The young club had arrived in style, stamping it’s mark on the bowling scene as both ladies and men took out serious competition titles in the Wide Bay district. The club facilities and greens soon gained the proud reputation of being among the finest in the region.

From strength to strength. There was no time to rest on the laurels and the club continued to gather momentum both in membership and achievements with a number of players going on to represent the district and compete in the Queensland State Championships. Both the ladies and men took out a number of district pennant titles over the years as evidenced by the pennant flags displayed in the clubhouse. Urangan again demonstrated leadership qualities when in 1995 the ladies and men’s clubs amalgamated to form a single entity known as Urangan Bowls Club Inc. This was to prove a sound business initiative with a Board of Management elected to run the business and financial affairs of the club while the ladies and men got on with conducting the bowls competitions but still having a designated place in the Board of Management.

The first Board of Management executive elected saw Roy Bowd as Chairman and Mary Bayfield as Deputy Chair. Changes aplenty. The club continued to experience solid growth financially during the period after amalgamation but there was still some radical changes to come. In year 2000 under the Chairmanship of Allan Harrold, it was decided that a state of the art covered bowls green should be built. Members traveled to Rockhampton to look at and play on one that was preferred if the proposal proceeded. While there were a few resisting this sort of change the overwhelming majority of members were keen to get the project started. Just as the original greens took a lot of planning so did such a project of this size and cost. A funding submission was meticulously prepared by Allan Harrold and sent to the Government for approval.

Everyone was dismayed when it was rejected but it was resubmitted in 2001 with approval granted for $300,000 toward the costs. The place came alive with all sorts of activities and interest in the new direction the club was about to embark upon. Benefits such as an all weather roof and a green of International standard was the icing on the cake. Other benefits such as protection from the ever increasing UV rays and heat as well as the elimination of chemicals and precious water to maintain the grass greens were being realized by members. The brilliant lighting ensured night play was no longer difficult and was not restricted to the summer months because of dew factors. Just as in the early years of the club, there was no shortage of volunteers willing to do whatever they could to ensure their new green went in as soon as possible.

Allan had suffered serious health problems as the project commenced and asked his Deputy Chairman, Russ Tremlin to oversee the construction and completion of the project. The project was completed in March 2002 and Allan was on the mend, so it was decided that the official opening would be held in June which allowed Allan to recoup sufficiently to officiate at the opening. It was a proud day for Allan and the Urangan members. Membership has continued to grow with over 300 in the men’s section, 200 in the ladies section and 300 social members.

The Junior Bowler Development Officer, Koos Uldriks has done a marvelous job and now has 20 juniors in his squad. Many of them are now competing with success in the senior bowls competition and has a couple who have made it in the State selection trials. Most days juniors can be seen practicing on the covered greens so it appears to have their approval as well.

Changes continue. Part of the original vision for the expansion was to see both greens eventually covered and synthetic greens laid. In only a few short years since the first covered green was built we now see the completion of the second synthetic green covered and lighting installed. This second stage has been driven by our current Board of Management with Dudley Humphris as Chairman.

Unfortunately Dudley and his Board have had to carry out the project without Government funding but again the members have rallied to make sure that the job was done. As Dudley rolls the first bowl down the green on official opening day he will feel justifiably proud of the achievements of what all Urangan Bowls Club members consider the best club in the district. As stated in the opening remarks, there would be a feeling of great pride and sense of achievement by the original founding members as the ever forward thinking and planning of their great Urangan Bowls Club marked yet another milestone in it’s proud but relatively short history.

Club Facilities

2 Under Cover Bowling Greens

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L awn Bowls 7 Days a Week, 2 Fully Covered Carpet Greens, Air Conditioned Club House, Cold Beers on Tap, Poker Machines, Keno, EFTPOS & ATM, Live Entertainment & Raffle Friday Evenings, Courtesy Bus,  Friendly and Efficient Staff. Bare Foot Bowls & Functions Available by Appointment.

Bar

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We have the following cold beers on tap,

Gold, Old, New, 5 Seeds,

Hahn, 3.5, VB,

Along with most spirits, and a good selection of wines,

Our top selling wine being Tangaoa Sav/Blanc from New Zealand.

Pokies

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Come and have a flutter on our Poker Machines.

Be sure to gamble responsibly.

Think About your choices.

Call Gambling Help 1800 858 858.

Keno

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Keno is a fun, easy to play numbers game. Prizes are based on how many numbers are matched on a ticket, with the numbers drawn. Hundreds of millions of dollars are paid out every year to Keno players. The game involves 20 numbers being drawn from 80. Ask the Keno operator at  terminal listed above for more information. 

                            Think! About your choices.                                                     Call Gambling Help 1800 858 858. 

Raffles & Members Draw

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Friday Night Raffles:

Meat Trays, Club Vouchers,

Tickets on sale from 6.00 pm,

Drawn  after Members  Badge Draw 7.30 pm

Entertainment

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Friday Night Entertainment Guide

April 2019.

5th: Reg King & Tony (Hot Shots)

12th: Jimmy James

18th: John Morgan (Thursday)

19th: Good Friday (Club Closed)

26th: John Devlin

Functions

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For Hire of the Function Room,

Please contact our Club Secretary,

Email: secretary@uranganbowlsclub.org.au

or Phone: 07 4128 9679.

Courtesy Bus

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Courtesy Bus Timetable,

Friday Night: First pick up 5.00 pm,

Second pick up 5.30 pm,

First drop off 8.00 pm,

Second drop off 8.30 pm,

These times are subject to change during some special occasions.

For Bookings: phone the Club 07 4128 9679.



Bistro

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Bistro Open  Friday Evenings 5.30 pm.

Come in and try our Alacarte Menu,

Very competitive prices,

Visitors most welcolme,

For group bookings

Phone the Club 07 4128 9679 or 

Email: secretary@uranganbowlsclub.org.au

Darts

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Watch this space, as we are seeking expressions of interest in forming a Darts Club. Please contact Kaz if interested.

Barefoot Bowls

Barefoot Group having a ball,

Barefoot Bowlers having a lot of fun.

 

For Hire of the Greens,

Please contact our Club Secretary,

Email: secretary@uranganbowlsclub.org.au

or Phone: 07 4128 9679.

Club ATM

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ATM is located in the auditorium,

Eftpos Terminal is at the Bar.

Social Bowls Program

Pearly Shells

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 Monday Mornings: Ladies Pearly Shells, Single Names, Club Selected, Dress Mufti, Names in By 8.30 am, for any additional information you can contact Doreen Wright: Phone 41946647.

We Welcome New Members

Night Bowls

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 Monday Evenings:  Mixed Social Bowls, Single Names, Club Selected, Dress Mufti, Names in By 4.00 pm on the night., 

Please Contact the Club or  Alsa:  07 4128 9679

We Welcome all Visitors

Men's Pier Mufti Bowls

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 Tuesday & Friday Mornings: Pier Mufti Men's Bowls, Single Names, Club Selected, Dress Mufti, Names in By  8.15 am,

Please contact the club:  07  4128 9679

Visitors Welcome

Open Nominated Pairs

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 Tuesday Afternoon Open Jackpot Pairs,      Nominated Teams, Dress Bowls Attire,                   Names on Sheet 11.45 am.                                Wednesday & Saturday Mornings: Open Pairs,   Nominated Teams, Dress Bowls Attire,                     Team Names on Sheet by 8.00 am

All Visitors Welcome 

Ladies Day

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 Wednesday Afternoon: Ladies Day, Single Names Club Selected, Dress Bowls Attire Names in By 11.45 am

Coaching & Practice Bowls

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 Thursday Morning: Greens Open For Coaching & Practice. 

Any Bowlers New or Established requiring  any tuition, our Coaches will be on hand to assist.

Men's Nominated Fours

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 Thursday Afternoon: Men's Nominated Fours, Dress Bowls Attire, Teams on designated sheet by 11.30 am, single names are accepted & we will do our best to give you a game, or phone the Club 07 4128 9679, 

Visitors Very Welcome

Club Championships

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Friday Afternoon, Generally Round of Club Championships

Check Program for event & starting times.

Arrows Social Bowls

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  The Urangan Arrows is a Social Bowls Club that, whilst being composed mainly of Urangan Bowls Club Inc. members, is a totally separate Club that hires the UBC Inc. greens and facilities for its social bowling activities.

Each Sunday where possible the Arrows play mixed triples with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment

Visitors, other Club members and new bowlers are all most welcome 

Games commence at 12.30 pm with names in by 11.30 am latest.

Intending bowlers are asked to please be in attendance by 12 Noon ready to bowl.

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