Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Ipswich: Christchurch Bowls club fears for its future

17:30 11 January 2013

Christchurch Bowls Club in Ipswich

Christchurch Bowls Club in Ipswich

Archant

Members of a popular bowls club fear they could lose their green after Ipswich council decided it was not able to continue maintaining it.

shares

Christchurch Bowls Club has been based in the town’s most popular park for decades, and plays on one of two greens near the Westerfield Road entrance.

Until now the greens have been maintained by park rangers – but now the borough has written to all bowls clubs using greens on their land that they will have to maintain them themselves.

Some clubs have welcomed this because experienced bowlers feel they know what is needed to maintain a green, but members of the Christchurch club fear it could mean the end of their green.

Tony Rook from the club said: “Many of our members are quite old and would not be able to do the kind of work needed, and the equipment needed is quite expensive.

“The borough have said we can use their equipment when they are not using it, but who knows when that might be. It would be very difficult for us, we are very worried about our future.”

Borough councillor with responsibility for leisure Bryony Rudkin said the council had talked to many of the clubs who were keen to take on the management of their greens.

She said: “We are offering them help – the college is keen to work with the clubs to give their apprentices experience of working on this kind of project and we are happy to lend equipment.

“The club at Holywells has been managing its own green quite happily for several years. Most clubs have people who are able to help maintain the greens and they have much more specialist knowledge about maintenance than we have.”

Are you worried about the maintenance of the borough’s bowling greens? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

shares

2 comments

  • I don't understand why public money should be used to maintain private clubs. Am I missing something?

    Report this comment

    Karl Foley

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • It will give chance for these pensioners who do not work to give something back to the tax payer

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Friday, January 11, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Orwell Bridge.

Police were called to the Orwell Bridge after concerns were raised over a man’s welfare on Friday afternoon.

A body has been found in a flat in The Street in Bramford.

A man found dead in his flat after failing to turn up for work has been named locally.

Medieval Mayhem at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Nigel Wallace-Iles

From medieval mayhem and country shows to classic vehicles and hip hop, there’s lots to enjoy this long weekend. F

There were 7,365 admissions to Suffolks two main hospitals in 2014/15 where obesity was the main reason for a person being admitted or was a secondary factor. Photo: PA.

Obesity levels are worse in Suffolk than every London borough, a new report revealing the growing challenges facing the county’s health chiefs has shown.

Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp visit Ipswich Town Football Club meet with the squad ahead of the pair's fundraising trek to Kathmandu in a few week's time, which will raise funds for charity in memory of Henry's sister Annie Hughes.

Two fundraisers from Suffolk have met with the Ipswich Town squad – after a chance encounter with a good friend of club boss Mick McCarthy.

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at The George, Wickham Market, in 2013

Fresh calls for answers as to the future of a medieval Suffolk pub have been issued after more than 200 people turned out to a public meeting on the matter last week.

USAF fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath taken from a C130 Hercules

Almost £250,000 has been paid out in compensation for damage, injuries and loss of livestock caused by low flying military aircraft in East Anglia over the past five years, figures show.

Pupils and Students outside Bealings Primary School where they are planning to boycott classes next Tuesday as a protest against SATS.

A group of parents from Suffolk are planning to take their children out of school for the day in a show of protest against SATs exams.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Dr Krissie Wilson, a UCS on Ipswich Waterfront

Why do people believe in so many weird things?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24