Jubilee Park Lawn Bowling Club opens season

The Abbotsford club is celebrating its 80th anniversary

John Birchfield

John Birchfield

The Jubilee Park Lawn Bowling Club began its 80th anniversary season on Wednesday, April 29 with its annual opening day.

Abbotsford Coun. Patricia Ross, the city’s deputy mayor, rolled the first ball of the season.

The club, located at 2552 McCallum Rd., began in 1935 when a few residents got together and volunteered their time and equipment to construct a lawn bowling green.

In the beginning, the plot of ground was not part of Jubilee Park, so some brambles and brush had to be cleared to make a suitable area.

The club was originally known as the Abbotsford Lawn Bowling Club. It later became part of Jubilee Park and its name was changed in 1987.

Initially, there was just one green, but over time, it expanded to eight.

The current clubhouse was constructed in 1977 through volunteers, donations and materials from various sources.

The club currently meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m., changing to afternoons in September.

New members are always welcome, and lessons are free.

For more information, call John at 604-556-0106 or Ruth at 604-852-8683.