Mar 23 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
WHEN centenary preparations were being made at Callander Bowling Club last summer, members surprisingly uncovered an extra 50 years of history.
Most players believed the club dated from 1912, when the green at Ancaster Road was founded - but historical research for what they believed would be their centenary revealed it was formed in 1862, playing on a green owned by the town’s Dreadnought Hotel.
After discovering the “50 lost years” and the whereabouts of the “famous bowls”, Callander Bowling Club has yet another tale to tell.
The story begins with the forerunner of the car boot sale, a local philanthropist, a skint bowling club and just like most tales has a happy ending.
The official story behind the lost 50 years has been written by Paul McGinlay and the book “History of Callander Bowling Club 1862-2012”, is now available during the club’s 150th anniversary year from selected stockists in Callander priced £4.99, or you can order from Paul McGinley at firstname.lastname@example.org with details, cost £4.99 plus £1.50 P&P.