MP Nater, Mayor Strathdee on hand for cheque presentation Saturday
By Pat Payton
The Parks Lawn Bowling Club of St. Marys accepted a cheque for $24,000 from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program last Saturday morning.
Making the cheque presentation was Perth-Wellington MP John Nater. Accepting on behalf of the club were president Larry McLellan, treasurer Colin Campbell and club director Joe Adams.
“I want to congratulate the entire community on receiving the New Horizons for Seniors grant,” Nater said. “It’s a great program, and I think it’s great for the community and great for St. Marys lawn bowling. I was told earlier today that St. Marys is celebrating 130 years in lawn bowling. It’s an amazing testament. It’s a strong vibrant club, with 35-plus members, and I understand you’re trying to get that number even higher. It’s great to see.”
St. Marys Mayor Al Strathdee also attended the ceremony.
“It’s my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of town council,” Strathdee said. “Lawn bowling has a very rich history in St. Marys. We’ve been recognized both nationally and provincially with a number of championships. It’s brought a lot of recognition to the town, and it’s a very important sport for the town. It’s great to see so many people active, which is very important to our community.
“We’re very thankful for John and his office supporting us, getting grants, and we appreciate the partnership,” the mayor added.
The local club applied for the grant in 2018 and was notified in February of this year that they were successful in obtaining the funding. The funds have gone towards the purchase of new equipment to improve the greens, acquire smaller and lighter bowls, and bowl launchers to enable Seniors with mobility problems to participate in the sport. The new equipment and bowls were on display Saturday.
Following the cheque presentation, Nater and Strathdee were introduced to the sport, and the two men threw a few of the new bowls in a friendly competition.
Victoria Day tournament
To open the season, Parks Lawn Bowling Club members braved a cool, damp day on Victoria Day (May 20) to enjoy an afternoon of bowling, followed by a potluck supper. Bowling now returns for the summer with Monday, Tuesday and Thursday leagues, along with regular tournaments on the weekends.