Bermagui club's milestone bowled over

• ABOVE: Celebrating 50 years of the Bermagui men’s bowling club are (from left)  Geoff Parsons, Tony Millard, RNSWBA president Vince Beard, Warren Bender, CSCDBA vice-president Gary Beves, Garry Lavis, Allan Etheredge, Paul Ubrihien, zone councillor Hilton Sutton, Ross Hardy and Des Anderson.

• ABOVE: Celebrating 50 years of the Bermagui men’s bowling club are (from left) Geoff Parsons, Tony Millard, RNSWBA president Vince Beard, Warren Bender, CSCDBA vice-president Gary Beves, Garry Lavis, Allan Etheredge, Paul Ubrihien, zone councillor Hilton Sutton, Ross Hardy and Des Anderson.

THE Bermagui men’s bowling club celebrated its 50th anniversary last Saturday. 

The club hosted a full day of presentations, food and camaraderie for members and guests. 

Organiser Gerry Hammerton was congratulated for his efforts in putting the day together, which featured local bowlers from around the region, zone bowlers and friends of the club from further afield. 

As chairman of the club, Hammerton also welcomed a number of dignitaries for the day. 

Guests included NSW Treasurer and Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy, Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor, and Royal NSW Bowls president Vince Beard. 

Also attending were zone president Geoff Hancock, central south coast vice-president Gary Begs, Bermagui Country Club chairman Geoff Vercoe, country club manager Robbie Beuzeville and ladies bowls president Irene Sutton. 

Hilton Sutton also celebrated the day in his last official capacity as the zone bowling councillor. 

Club president Tony Millard made a speech to the crowd, which included bowlers from north to Tomakin and south to Bega.

Millard spoke highly of the exceptional work of volunteers Paul Rumble and Charlie Bicheno, with the duo presented merit badges by Vince Beard. 

Beard also presented brooches to Joan Edwards and Claire Luland, who regularly assist with the running of men’s bowls events. 

All those in attendance were able to enjoy some time on the green before taking part in a lunch provided by the Terrace Restaurant. 

After speeches, raffles and some frivolity, Hammerton thanked everyone who had assisted in making the day a success and wished everyone a safe trip home. 

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