Members welcome $180K development
By Nadia Surace
FOR more than 40 years Shepparton Seniors Bowls Club members have been meeting at Shepparton Senior Citizens’ Centre for an afternoon match, a cuppa and healthy banter, all vital for good health says hall treasurer and bowls gathering co-ordinator, Mr Ray McPaul.
After all these years the group have welcomed a well-deserved upgrade now underway for their 60s built place of gathering that’s gotten ‘a little shabby’.
“It will be good if they fix the floor too,” Mr McPaul said.
“It’s got a slope in it so the bowls always roll slightly to one side. They said they’ll look into it for us.”
The hall isn’t just for the bowlers though, it used by more than 200 other local seniors at regular cards, craft and other social meets.
Council’s immunisation and planned activities programs also operate from the centre. More recently Council used the building as a relief centre for people affected by flood water late last year.
The centre’s upgrade will include replacement of the building’s heating and cooling systems, refitting of toilets, replacement of soft furnishings, painting and plastering, installation of new windows and a new façade.
The centre’s library will also be converted to a meeting room with small kitchenette to allow senior citizens to meet while other groups are using the facility.
Works will be carried out in stages over the next 18 months to avoid disruption to user groups.
In the mean time, Mr McPaul is encouraging other seniors to participate in the group’s weekly meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Bowls is a great past time for seniors.
“I think some people make the unfortunate assumption that seniors clubs are for oldies on their last legs. As you can see around you we’re far from that.”