Tarves BC Club Story

Try Bowls Club Tarves BC are celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2023 and have been celebrating with a number of events at the club so far this season. Nick Graves, Treasurer of the club got in touch to tell us more about their anniversary season as well as achieving their BowlsMark Bronze status.

“This year is Tarves Bowling Club’s 75th Anniversary, with the bowling green being originally officially opened by Lord Aberdeen on 7th July 1948. To celebrate this Tarves Bowling Club held an event at the club inviting players from local bowling clubs across Aberdeenshire to a friendly match on Saturday 8th July followed by a meal.

“Kathleen Gordon from Bowls Scotland presented a 75th anniversary award and a certificate for the recently awarded Bowls Mark certification for club excellence to Tarves Bowling Club. This was received by the club President Michael Presly who, following on in the family tradition, is the Great Grandson of the founding President from 75 years ago George Presly.

“Setting targets to achieve BowlsMark has helped us focus on growing and modernising the Bowling Club. This includes organising Bowls Scotland training for our coaches and advice on promoting and running Try Bowls events to attract new members. We have improved our communications to new and existing members introducing a club handbook, expanding our website and ensuring regular updates on social media. We have updated our constitution and rules to put us on an improved legal footing and to allow us to apply for a wide range of grants.

“Stuart Bell from Bowls Scotland has encouraged and helped us along the way providing us with information and templates for the constitution and club procedures including wellbeing and child protection. He has also provided us with training on club governance and related matters as well as guidance and ideas on fundraising.

“Tarves Bowling Club is a growing club and has recently held a “Try Bowls” event where the whole village of Tarves was invited to come along to try out bowling and play some fun games and over 60 people attended. They have also hosted sessions for the next-door Tarves Primary School to experience bowling and play some different games to learn the basic techniques of bowling.”

It's brilliant to see this Aberdeenshire club working with their local community to profile our sport and the club. Stuart Bell, National Development Officer for the North of Scotland said:

“I met Nick from Tarves BC at a local forum offering clubs a chance to come along and hear about the support available to clubs. Nick and the club have been extremely forward thinking and have engaged with me seeking support, guidance and resources, and I was delighted to present them with their BowlsMark Bronze award. The club is in good hands and I wish it well in its 75th year and look forward to continue supporting the club, when required, in the future.”


To find out more about Bowls Mark, click here.

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