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More than Just a Bowls Club!

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The Beenleigh Bowls Club (BBC) has been a part of the fabric of the community for over 70 years and is more than just a Bowls Club. Club Manager, Simon and his team pride themselves on providing the best possible service to members of their community and giving an experience to remember.

Discover what Club Manager, Simon had to say about this beloved club.

Tell us about yourself.

Hi, my name is Simon. I’ve been in the industry for about 20 years and nearly 5 years at BBC. I’m a big sports fan and love a hit of golf when I get a chance. However, all of my time away from work is spent with my daughter.

Describe a day in the life as the Beenleigh Bowls Club Manager.

I have an early start. I get to the club ready for a 9 am open, then catch up on some office duties before going out on the floor for lunch service while having a chat with patrons and a quick bite to eat. I finish off my day by completing some office work till it’s time to go home.

Tell us a bit about the history of the club? (When did it open, etc)

The club was founded in 1948, along with were sixty foundation members. It is said that the idea of the club originated one night, as a group of mates having a drink at Jack Toomey’s Bar Beenleigh. Over the past 70 years, there have been several extensions and alterations to the Club House, with the first building being a temporary old army hut from Camp Cable Military camp.

Who are some of the most memorable members you’ve encountered during your time?

I will always remember my first week at the BBC. I was working the bar at the time. One of our most liked and very regular locals, Terry O’Leary was in for some liquid hospitality. On this particular Friday night, I had decided to refuse service to Terry and didn’t he carry on about he had never been refused service.

This went on and on for quite a while before he got sick of complaining and walked himself home. No harm was done. The following day, when I saw Terry next, he said to me I was right and thanked me for not serving him again. From that day, if he saw anyone else getting a little worse for wear, he would always bring out the story ‘the night I refused him service’ and would back me up every time if I had to pull anyone into line.

Are there upcoming events happening at the Beenleigh Bowls Club?

Bowls pennant season is coming up for both men and women soon, so there will be a lot of bowls played here in the coming months.

What’s your go-to recommendation on the menu?

It has to be the classic pub meal. The Chicken Parmigiana with sweet potato chips is great here.

What is your favourite thing about the Beenleigh community?

There is a real sense of community in and around the club, everyone is always so nice and willing to help you with anything.

What’s a little-known fact about the Beenleigh Bowls Club?

The land the Bowls club is now on was bought for 100 pounds.

For more information about the club, visit their website https://beenleighbowlsclub.com/ or Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/beenleighbowlsclub/.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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