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Darwen bowling club’s £400 wish for winter
A DARWEN bowling club wants to stay open during winter – but is struggling to raise the council’s £400 fee to do so.
Olive Lane Bowling Club has appealed for help in its bid to provide the only access to green bowling in the town during these months.
Chairman Jack Harwood said: “We are trying to bowl through the winter. There are two clubs in Blackburn that stay open but nowhere in Darwen.
“It costs £400 and then £20 a month for water and heating, but we are all pensioners. We are trying to get everyone to pay £20.”
Mr Harwood said bow- ling was a great way for older people to keep active. He said: “I will be speaking to our MP, Jake Berry, about this.
“Government wants people to exercise but in winter we just end up sat at home. If the green was open, on better days we could come and bowl. And on the bad days we can sit inside and talk and drink tea.”
Mr Harwood said that bowling was very popular, even in winter.
He said: “Last year, sometimes Roe Lee had that many on that they had to queue up to get in.
“Yes it may be cold but you just wrap up and get on with it.”
Sudell councillor Roy Davies said: “They are quite right. If they want to play during the winter they should be able to.
“They shouldn’t have to just go into a cocoon and come back out when summer arrives.It is good to keep them active.
“They provide a good service to the young ones, too, with schools in the area coming over for lessons.”
Anyone able to help can call Mr Harwood on 01254 701216 or secretary Rick Riley on 01254 776477.
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