The Over 50's Bowls and Social Club was started in 1982 Mr Harry
Gallichan got together with 18 friends and acquaintances to start
up a bowls and social club for people over 50 and others who were
near retirement age.
Harry Gallichan was the first president.
The club started playing bowls in the tunnels at Fort Regent and
they had a club room to go into after the game for a cup of tea and
As the club grew, some days there were too many for bowls so
board games, cards and darts were available for members to try
In 1988 as the club's membership had become too big for the
facilities available it was decided to split into two clubs. It was
agreed that the president would continue with the over 50's and
half of the members and the other half with the vice president Mr
John Bertram would form the new club which was how Regent Bowls
club came into being.
Fort Regent then donated a trophy for the two clubs to compete
for monthly with the winners over twelve months holding it for a
year. In 1993 as the president of the Over 50's was not in the best
of health he wanted someone to take his place which is when Mr
Peter Le Corre was elected.
The club continued to enjoy bowls and also various social
activities -:Bingo nights and Beetle drives Theme nights with
members dressed in appropriate costume maybe French, Bavarian or
Spanish and dancing and singing to the accordionist hired for the
night. Refreshments brought by members would be served half way
through the evening. All day competitions with lunch included were
well supported. Christmas draws with several hundred pounds worth
of prizes to be won and a Christmas party were held each year and
also Christmas and spring lunches. The club had organised three day
bowls matches in Guernsey several times and then in 1994 it was
suggested we see if members would be interested in a bowls tour to
England for a week. In October 1994 we took a party of 27 to
Torquay and have continued every year going to many different parts
of the UK and also to Spain, Portugal and Cyprus. To conclude the
Over 50's would like to take this opportunity of thanking Fort
Regent staff and management for the excellent service and
cooperation we have received throughout those wonderful years.