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Life’s a bowl for Richard

Life’s a bowl for Richard

He’s the friendly face that greets you at Lyndoch and Districts Bowling Club and some say he’s the unofficial mayor of the town, but Richard Filsell just loves a crackerjack game of lawn bowls.

On Saturday he attached yet another  premiership pin to his bowling hat – he’s won seven now and according to Richard, there’s no better way to celebrate his 30th year with the club.

“There’s still space for more,” he said on Monday, all smiles following Saturday night’s celebrations at “Filsell’s Bar” – that all important section of the bowls club which is named in honour of Richard and his wife, Val who ran the bar for 21 years.

Born and raised in Gawler, Richard moved to Lyndoch as a 16 year old in 1948, after gaining employment with the Krieg family, working on their property.  The lifestyle seemed to suit Richard and he ended up marrying the boss’ daughter in the nearby St Jakobi Lutheran Church.

“Back in those days Val’s grandmother used to live down here too. She used to say I was a Godsend… I couldn’t move, they spoilt me!” laughed Richard.

Richard and Val had a son, Kym and Richard still laughs at how “they kept everyone waiting”. Val said, “we were all too involved in everything to start a family!”

Community focused from the start, Richard became a member of the Lyndoch Football Club in 1949 and was automatically made a member of the Lyndoch Park Committee, a position he held for nearly 20 years.

He witnessed renovations to the pavilion and its conversion from an open fronted construction to a modest lockup building.

  For the full story, grab April 2 edition of The Leader.