Wearing the Pomona colours proudly after a recent bowls event are: Veronis O'Connor, president Jeanne Price, Linda McDougall and Bettina Winkler.
Wearing the Pomona colours proudly after a recent bowls event are: Veronis O'Connor, president Jeanne Price, Linda McDougall and Bettina Winkler. Bec Singh

Pomona Bowls Club changes afoot to attract members

THE Pomona Bowls Club is moving forward with the times, changing its name and focus to broaden its community connection.

On Saturday, October 12, at 6pm the club will be officially relaunched as Club Pomona, with a $1 annual membership for non-bowlers.

The relaunch will feature a band, wine-tasting, raffles, an extra session of the club's popular Jag the Joker and a choice of bar food or a full menu from the King of the Mountain Bistro will be available.

An internal redesign is under way to improve the ambience and convert the premises into a licensed community club with a bowling green rather than just a bowls club.

Recently elected chairman Peter Read said the aim was to attract wider community support and build a reputation as "our local watering hole" for all age groups.

He said after several years of substantial losses, a new business model was needed to make the club viable.

"Without broader support the club is unlikely to survive," he said.

"To retain a viable community club in the town, we need this support - or another local asset will be lost."

A block of land used as part of the club's car park has been put on the market to help finance the restructure.

The club has 12 poker machines and two of the older machines are about to be replaced with new units.

More social events will be held to attract bigger numbers to the club and two performances by an Elvis impersonator were among the recent successes.

Bowls will continue to play an important part of the new club, with social members paying only $1 annually or $30 if they wish to play in interclub events.

More serious members will pay a full membership with access to Bowls Queensland events.

Mr Read sees stronger social and barefoot bowls as the key to a viable future.

Barefoot bowls is being played on Thursdays from 6.30 - 7.30pm, and on Fridays at 4.30pm social team bowls are played with new and beginner bowlers always welcome.

More Saturday and Sunday social competitions are planned and family or business groups are welcome to hold private days on the green, with free loan bowls available.

Ladies bowls is played on Wednesdays from 10am and men are welcome for these games.

A contract caterer provides bar food and bistro meals on Thursdays and Fridays and off-site catering for private events can be arranged. The bar and pokies are open from 11am on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10am on the other days.

Other community and sporting clubs are being urged to make use of the Club Pomona facilities for regular or special gatherings and the club is an ideal venue for Christmas parties, birthdays, weddings, wakes or other special occasions.

A courtesy bus is available and pick-ups can be booked by phoning the club on 54851202.