Cults club celebrates 125th anniversary

Cameron Cox piped members onto the green.
Cameron Cox piped members onto the green.

Cults Bowling Club is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year.

The club, which held its opening day, on April 21 this year, was founded in 1887,

The opening was performed by Lord Stephen (Baron Stephen of Upper Deeside),followed by a lunch with invited guests, then a game of bowls. Cameron Cox piped members on to the green to begin the anniversary celebrations.

The club was granted a civic reception in the Town House on Thursday and, on Saturday, a dinner was held in the Marcliffe Hotel.

Throughout the season, a number of celebratory games have been arranged and other events have also been arranged to engage the local community.

Cults Bowling Club (in conjunction with a tennis club) started off in South Avenue, in the grounds of Dunmail (now named Glengarroch) but after ten years, moved to its present site at 293 North Deeside Road though at that time there was no access from Deeside Road.

The original membership consisted of 57 members and peaked in the early years of this century at more than 350 members.

A club house was built in 1912 and over the years it has been considerably enhanced providing locker rooms and a comfortable lounge with bar for all members.

Originally, like all clubs of that time, it was an exclusive male domain though they did have ladies’ days!

A ladies section was formed in 1964 and in 1999 ladies became equal members and elected the first lady club president in 2006.

Bowls is, of course, a game where men and women can play on an equal footing and many of the club competitions and games against other clubs feature both men and women.

Cults Bowling Club has won most of the trophies over the years that are competed for in Aberdeen. The club’s first Champion of Champions (the top male singles player in Aberdeen) was won in 1939 and has been won a number of times since then.

Over the past ten years the club has had teams who have won through the local competitions to compete in the national finals in Ayr. One member , Betty Morrison, is registered as partially sighted and has played for Scotland in that category, travelling all over Britain as well as abroad to such places as South Africa. Betty has also been President of the club.