Bowling stalwart recognised
Posted at 8:42am Monday 11 Jan, 2021
Joy Harper-Keeley and Francois Loubser.
Bowling stalwart and renowned caterer, Joy Harper-Keeley, was recognised for her service to Bowls Warkworth last month.
From time to time, club members sponsor a ‘roll up' evening providing prizes for a casual tournament.
Last month, Joy sponsored an evening for her 80th birthday, which drew what was said to be the largest crowd in some time.
She was moved to tears when president Francois Loubser presented her with a life membership to Bowls Warkworth.
It is an honour that has only been bestowed 17 times since 1965.
Joy has been with Bowls Warkworth for 30 years. She has been president of the women's club and president of the amalgamated club twice. She has also been a volunteer driver for the Warkworth RSA taking members to medical appointments.
She was the club caterer for many years and, in its heyday, she was producing 200 meals on a Friday night.
“Everyone would go to the RSA for the raffle, and then there would be a mass exodus down to the club for Joy's dinners,” a member said.
“And nobody would have turned up to the working bees if it hadn't been for her baking.”
Joy still caters for the business house finals evening.
She is also pretty handy on the bowling green, having once won the Bowls North Harbour champion of champions triples trophy.
She says her bowls career highlight was winning the ladies pairs tournament at Warkworth with her daughter, Jan.