Club’s end heralds a new start at Scoonie

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THE last ever jack at Scoonie Bowling Club was rolled on Saturday.

Around 30 members turned out at Scoonie Crescent, to witness the club’s closure after nearly 90 years of play.

Club vice-president Duncan Darge, said: “It was really a pretty sad day, some of the players are going to other clubs but some will just stop playing and be lost to the game, it is sad that it has had to come to this.

“I will miss the camaraderie, but would like to thank everyone for making the club a friendly and family club during its time.”

Established in 1923, Scoonie was originally known as the Burgh of Leven Club and was not publicly owned until two years later, when John Ballingall became its first ever president.

It was some 34 years later, in 1959, when the next major change took place with the club starting its ladies section, and in November, 1966, there was another change with the club being renamed Scoonie Bowling Club.

In December 1969 the club then became a member of the Scottish Bowling Association and its most successful spell was to follow.

In 1975 Scoonie won the Fife Cup, in 1976 they were Skol Cup winners, in 1977 Gilmour Trophy winners and in 1980 the club won the first of its three CISWO Cups, the other two coming in 1981 and 1990.

The ladies section also achieved a number of tournament victories.

Three times CISWO Cup winners, in 1976/77/90, the ladies also won the Kirkcaldy District Championships in 1999, supplying both rinks in the final.

However with the club now officially closed, the building is looking for a new lease of life.

Last week the Mail revealed MyBUS had carried out a consultation, asking residents what they would like to see the club used for now.

It’s understood more consultation surveys have been handed out since, with an announcement likely to be made next month after Friday’s completion deadline.