As the LOCAL COMMUNITY activity within walking distance of home, Chaddy Bowls gives me the ability to play LAWN BOWLS with the diverse bowling community – from school age to the over 90s both female and male, several times a week OUTDOORS.
We held our daughters first birthday here. Wonderful community feel and very welcoming. This beautiful club should be preserved for future generations.
We have been members of CBC for a year. Our main reason for joining CBC was because it is within walking distance of home; which as we age will become essential for our continued participation. All members, across varying age groups, have been very welcoming and we immediately felt at home at CBC. If we loose CBC I fear for our older members who will more than likely have to cease bowling as having to travel further away will be too difficult for them.
The Chadstone Bowls Club is about much more than playing bowls.The outsider might see the greens the players the pennant uniforms but what is harder to see is the Chaddy Bowls COMMUNITY.At Chaddy hundreds of men and women share an interest in bowls but importantly share a deep interest in the lives,families and wellbeing of each other…births marriages and family events are celebrated and life’s losses and misfortunes are commiserated with.For older players the Chaddy community is a vital replacement for friendships lost through age retirement and death.Health experts constantly remind us that social connectedness remains a key factor in individual physical and mental health.
I have one question for the feasibility study group..
“How will you measure the cost of the loss of this human capital if you decide to destroy Chaddy Bowls Club?
Came here as a little girl with my grandmothers, one of which still plays here. Despite losing her memory, she still remembers Chadstone bowls and comes twice a week to play! Chaddy bowls keeps her active and gets her out during the week – she loves it. I’ve also been to barefoot lawn bowls with friends and had a great time! Would be sad to see such a meaningful place with so many memories disappear.
I have been a member of this club long before I was a member of the Bowls club.
I joined the Chadstone Recreation and Civic Club in 1977. For me it has been a sporting club, a social club, a meeting place, a venue for private functions and a well used community facility. Far more people use this place than just bowling club members. People feel welcome and safe in the club and bar environment. On Friday afternoons when barefoot bowls is conducted, many local residents participate and everyone enjoys the social and friendly atmosphere.
The thought that this would be replaced by a netball stadium is a sad reflection on what the council must think of this great community sporting club.
I find it very disappointing that you would consider replacing this club.
I was a member of the Tennis Club and Mum & Dad of the Bowling Club between 1966 and the early 1980s. I am appalled that all the work we put into fundraising to build the original bar area is to be so easily taken away. As a 20 something tennis player, we enjoyed popping in after our matches to chat with the bowlers and other participants of the Chadstone Civic & Recreation Club. It was the only experience I had growing up where all ages shared sporting success . . . and the stories!!!! A huge loss to the community, not just physically but also socially.
Please email the club firstname.lastname@example.org with your support or visit Residents against the Stadium Facebook page and complete the petition and email Warren Roberts CEO of Stonnington Council
My name is Ron McBride, I am 90 years old and I am asking for your help.
I am a member of the Chadstone Bowls Club. I started bowling after my health stopped me playing golf (loved the game – even had a hole in one once!).
Chaddy Bowls is a great community and social club with over 400 members – many of whom are like me – old in years but young at heart. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to play competitively either. The kids and their parents from the local primary school come over and do the barefoot bowling.
Stonnington Council wants to build an Indoor Stadium on the bowls club site.
They say it’s because they require “at least four additional courts to meet the current demand and it is particularly important to meet the needs of women’s sport which is currently under catered for.”
I’m told there are over 80 netball and basketball courts within Stonnington.
Chaddy Bowls is the only Council owned lawn bowls club in Stonnington.
I reckon everyone – male or female, young or old should be able to play their chosen sport.
So we bowlers aren’t saying, “don’t build the stadium,” we are just saying “please don’t build it on our bowling “home” of 60 years”.
So if you reckon, like me, this is a bit unfair, can you let Council know?
I love visiting Chaddie Bowling Club to watch my husband play Bowls. He uses 3 bowling aids and it is an effort for him to participate but the site is such a joy, beautiful green space and sense of Community. Removing the opportunity for the older person to participate in the local community and removing green space is against Positive Ageing promoted by the World Health Organisation..
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