The Ladies Section was formed in 1970 and fortunately there are still a good number of founder members within the club, in both the legislative side participation on the Green. It would be fair to say, that prior to and during the formation of the Section, a certain amount of chauvinistic mutterings were heard, but these were soon to be dispelled as the male members began to realise , that the Ladies were a great asset to the club. Over the years there have been small domestic differences between the sexes, all of which were easily settled and now there exits a harmony and rapport between the bodies which argues well for the future.
The Ladies section have been excellent supporters to both the national and local charities and have contributed considerable sums of money to a variety of charitable organizations.
The prowess of our Ladies on the playing side has been remarkable and some major achievements have been recorded. Chris Allison, who has been six times Club Champion, represented Scotland in World Bowls in 1981; has been “capped” five times and and partnered Nina Cooper in winning the Scottish pairs in 1997.
The Scottish Two-Bowls Pairs was won in its inaugural year (1991) by Jackie McFarlane and Marie Monteith and the precision and consistency required to win this prestigious event, says much for our worthy winners.The Ladies have one many lesser events which are recorded elsewhere and are justly proud of their many successes.
The first President and later Secretary of the Ladies Section, was the late Mrs Agnes Lumsden who was prominent in the ” setting up” of the Section and later in steering it through the early days of its existence. The late Mrs Margaret Shaw served as Treasurer for many years and in recognition of her efforts and commitment, her name is coupled with that of her husband Joe, in the Law Lounge.
Many other Ladies have contributed much to the success of the Section and although to numerous to mention specifically, their contributions have not gone notices.
In the year 2003 the Clubs most prestigious honour was bestowed upon Mrs Rita Anderson (President of Craigentinny Bowling Club), the Clubs first and only Lady President to-date.