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Bowls club under threat from ten pin bowling plans

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Members of a Northumberland indoor bowling club fear they could be forced to quit their hobby after being told their current base is under threat.

Concordia Indoor Bowling Club in Cramlington could be forced to close after 37 years if plans to turn their green into a ten pin bowling alley get the go-ahead.

Members have started a petition with 282 signatures to present to the leisure centre opposing the plans.

Club secretary Joe Allen said: “The club was established in 1977 and how has a membership of more than 265 members aged from 50 to 94-years-old.

“Now Concordia want to close our four indoor bowling rinks and turn them into a ten pin bowling alley for the younger age group.

“Most of our members play four to five times a week, which is good exercise and an important social outlet.

“If this closes there is the danger of no indoor bowling facilities anywhere in Northumberland as Hexham has already closed and Ashington is soon to follow suit.

“They don’t realise how much money that we generate, from the members and the people who come to watch, and spend money in the cafe as well.

“About 80 per cent of our members are over 85, it gets them out of the house – one man from Blyth is 94 and he plays three times a week.

“I think it would be a shame to get rid of this facility just to put a ten pin bowling alley in.”

Facilities manager for Concordia, Colin Winfield, said: “Nothing has been decided as yet about the bowling green.

“We are working with the club and the council to see if there is an alternative or new venue that they can be housed in so that the bowls can continue.

“Nothing is 100 per cent decided yet, and we are trying to work it so that there is a bowls venue for Northumberland.”

 

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