Mystery member saves bowling green from axe

Celebration: Members of Hollinsend Bowling Club with their reprieved green.    PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
Celebration: Members of Hollinsend Bowling Club with their reprieved green. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
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A BOWLING green threatened with closure due to council cutbacks is to be reprieved after a club member volunteered to cover running costs.

The second green at Hollinsend Park Bowling Club in Sheffield is one of nine which has had funding axed to save £74,000 from Sheffield Council’s parks maintenance bill.

The name of the sponsor has not been revealed.

Club general secretary David Tipper said: “We are pleased to announce the club’s decision to fully fund the maintenance of the green in question for the benefit of its 80 members and the public.

“Generous sponsorship from one of the members will enable purchase of all materials necessary to maintain the playing surface.

“The club members themselves will hold fundraising efforts throughout the season to pay for the two fine cuts required per week by a contractor they have employed.

“Sustaining the playing surface of this green will ensure support for the 23 teams that play each week, while at the same time allowing the club to continue to promote its popular open competitions for veterans and juniors under 15 from all over Sheffield and the surrounding district.”

Some of the other bowling clubs which have had maintenance funding axed for their second greens - Meersbrook, Whiteley Woods, Hillsborough, High Hazels, Norfolk Park, Graves Park, Crookes Valley Park and Greenhill - are also considering funding the costs themselves.

Sheffield Council said the second greens at all sites have ‘low membership or usage levels’ and it had decided to withdraw funding after discussions with the city’s Parks Bowls Association.

Hollinsend disputes the claim that its second green is poorly-used.