Life sentence for Margaret

When onlookers walk away from the Cambridge Bowling Club in Thornton Road without signing up to be a member, Margaret Stott cops it from club members.

“You let that one go,” they say to the woman who in her bid to boost membership has been known to entice passersby with the phrase “give bowls a go.”

Life members pictured last year. From left, back: Brian Walton, Don Harris, Ralph Paterson, Simon Friend; front: Ian Rogers, Joy Hunter, Roy Shepherd, Kerrin O’Regan. Photo: Supplied.

Now she has been rewarded for her enthusiasm with life membership of the club – the 29th in its 125-year history.

Margaret was the face of the season-long celebrations which started with an invitational bowls tournament, afternoon tea for dignitaries and culminated with a picnic in the park and a derby with cross-town rivals Central Cambridge Bowling Club.

Volunteers Margaret and Jeff Stott

Audrey Harris presents Margaret Stott with flowers for her work as 125th jubilee secretary, watched by MC Jon Broadley.

During her time at the club, Margaret has been the Business House Bowls secretary, club secretary, on several sub-committees, the bowls catering coordinator and the social media coordinator.

She was nominated and unanimously voted in as a life member at the recent annual meeting by the two Dons – retiring board member Don Harris and seconded by Don Wilson.

“I am honoured and humbled to be given life membership,” Margaret said.

“Each of us is a cog in the wheel and we all contribute to the success and progress of the club in any way we can,” she said.

And just because she is a life member, that doesn’t mean Margaret’s work is done.

“I hope to continue to help out and enjoy the camaraderie for many years to come.”

Cambridge Bowling Club life member Margaret Stott pictured at the 175th celebrations last year. Photo: Michael Jeans.

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