Vale Bill Carseldine

It is with much sadness that we inform members of the unexpected passing of Bill Carseldine on Monday 5th October 2020 at the age of 82 years.

Bill was a member of our club for just a short two years but in that time he made many friends and particularly enjoyed the social atmosphere of Friday night bowls with his mates.

A gentle soul who made himself very easy to like and admire.

Rest in Peace.

Vale Norm Abbey

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Norm Abbey aged 100 years.

Norm was a 30 year member of Aspley Bowls Club from 1960 till 1990. Although he was not listed as a founding member, he joined in the founding year and was heavily involved in the early establishment of the club. He has been described by his fellow members as someone who stepped forward whenever anything needed to be done and heavily rejected any recognition for his hard work. Norm was instrumental in the extension of the clubhouse in 1965 and again with the re-build after fire destroyed much of it in April 1967. Although he protested strongly, a plague was placed above the bar, proclaiming it as the ‘Norm Abbey Bar’ as recognition for his outstanding contribution. The plaque was taken down just a couple of months ago to allow refurbishment and painting. It will, however remain as a reminder of the club’s proud history.

As further testament to the regard that the club had for Norm, he was nominated for the honor of ‘Life Member’ but he rejected the nomination. such was the unselfish modesty of the man.

Rest in peace

Vale Doug Lightbody

19th March 1932 – 18th March 2020

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of one of our most celebrated and respected members.

Doug achieved and contributed greatly to our club in both administration and competition. He served as Men’s Division President and Board Member in 1999.

With a considerable list of achievements on the greens, as a top division Pennant player and championship successes, he ranks as one of our finest.

Rest in Peace

Vale Vernon Ashton

On Saturday 9th November we were all saddened to hear that our fellow bowler and oldest member of our club at 101yrs passed away.

Vern was an icon of the Aspley Bowls Club and he will be greatly missed. His funeral was attended by a huge contingent from the club. Past President and close friend, Ray Dixon farewelled Vern with an eulogy on behalf of the club.

‘Rest in Peace’ Vern

Cover Over Green #1

The Club is pleased to annouce that the cover over Green 1 is now complete and in use.

The cover now makes it possible for members and casual bowlers to play  throughout the year, sheltered from hot sun and rain. Lights under the cover also enable scheduling of night bowls.

Bowls is a sport for all ages, and the covers are an essential part of the Club’s plan to offer more sporting options to Junior bowlers and schools in our community with programs like Jack Attack.

This walk-through video from Lightweight Structures shows an approximation of the cover over Green 1. Click on the arrow bottom left to replay

This project has been made possible by a $590,000 grant  from the Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities under the Community Development Grant Programme.

We thank all concerned in working on gaining funding and planning of this project, including the Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth, and Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton.