The long and proud history of Guildford Bowling Club has never been safer.
That’s the assurance from Club Merrylands chief executive Neil Watts after a photo of honour roll boards dumped next to a skip bin sparked community outrage on social media last week.
Club Merrylands has invested more than $5.7 million worth of renovations into Guildford since its amalgamation in 2015, which saved Guildford from going into administration.
The historic records of past presidents, office holders, club champions and achievements have been updated digitally and will never be removed from the club.
“They’re currently on display on a big screen in the clubhouse,” Mr Watts said.
“All of the club’s history has never been safer.”
The club had run out of room to store the old boards.
“The wooden boards hadn’t been on public display for a very long time and weren’t in good condition,” Mr Watts told the Sun.
“All the club’s history has been recorded digitally. It’s been a long journey, which has been very positive so far with great feedback from our members. The club is a much safer place to visit.”
Dorothy Warwick from Holroyd Local History Research rescued four women's honour rolls from being thrown out. “I called the club and was told that if I wanted the boards, I could have them,” she said. “That’s what they call progress I guess.”
She understood the men’s boards had already been thrown out.
Mrs Warwick hopes to find the boards a suitable home.
“They’re part of our history with some well known family names on these boards.”
Former Holroyd mayor and councillor Ross Grove urged anyone with concerns to take a 'wait and see approach' as digitised displays go up. “History is being recognised at the club, just not on the wooden varnished boards we’ve familiar with,” he said. “I believe the club's track record is supportive of local communities. It's going to take a lot of work to build a viable operation at Guildford and I look forward to seeing more excitement and community engagement about the building's future as the project moves forward.”
He was happy some honour boards had been saved.
“I believe they’re worth hanging on for the time being,” Mr Grove said.