In the aftermath of the fire that engulfed Cudgen Leagues Club last week, the sense of disbelief at the devastation that occurred continues among the club members. Bowlers, both men and women, are particularly suffering with the enormity of the destruction and loss they are faced with.
Over the years since Cudgen Leagues Bowling Clubs first commenced activities, men’s club early 1986 and women’s 26 November 1986, members have certainly amassed a wonderful history of successes on the greens, not only at Club level but also at District and State events. The latest of these conquests being by the ladies who won the 2019 Grade 2 District Pennant and then went on to win the Regional Pennant competition to secure a berth in the State Pennants Finals.
Even though access to the club has been declared ‘off limits’ at present, it is quite evident, from a distance, that the bowlers lounge overlooking the greens has been totally destroyed and the bowls office is completely gutted as well. Many bowlers have lost their bowls that were stored in the locker rooms which were also razed during the inferno. Unfortunately, it would appear that treasured and historical memorabilia may also have been destroyed.
A report on the greens indicates that Green Two (opposite the green keepers shed) has escaped totally unscathed. The keepers shed has also be declared 100% OK. However, Green One, even though the firies impeded on the area whilst fighting the fire, appears to be in reasonable condition although, what looks like singeing, is visible up to approximately 2 metres out from the bank.
Current investigations into the cause of the fire have been completed and a report sent to the insurers. In the meantime, staff and members need to wait for approval from the authorities before entering the building to determine what can be, if anything, salvaged.
The fight back spirit Cudgen Leagues bowlers display when ‘down’ on the green will, for sure, be seen again in the re-establishing of their club house.
Stay safe and healthy and be kind to each other.