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Sheffield bowling club’s plea for better facilities

Jean Perry and Ann Adshead have to carry tea-making facilities down steps and across a field in an old pram to the bowling green

Jean Perry and Ann Adshead have to carry tea-making facilities down steps and across a field in an old pram to the bowling green

Fed-up members of a Sheffield bowling club are calling for help – after years of having to push their equipment around in a makeshift pram.

Players at Stannington Bowling Club are forced to push water, refreshments and bowling equipment down the pavilion steps, through Stannington Park to the green.

Now they want Sheffield Council to end their ordeal – by helping them put a prefabricated building near the green with toilets, washing facilities and electricity.

Jean Perry, general secretary of the women’s team, said: “We have to boil water and put it in flasks and carry a bucket for washing up.

“It would be unsociable not to offer the opposing team a drink.

“We also have to use the toilets in the pavilion. We don’t always have access because there are only a few keys for the pavilion.

“As a club we are quite prepared to pay for a building with running water and electricity.

“We approached the council about three years ago about how we would go about it.

“We knew we needed planning permission but we have been asking someone from the council to come out to see if it is feasible.”

Jean added: “We don’t want to apply for permission only for it to be turned down and we lose a lot of money.

“We are only asking for the same facilities that other bowling clubs have been granted over the years in Sheffield. To say there is a big sign in Sheffield saying City of Sport, bowling gets no support at all.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The parks service has only just recently been approached by the Stannington Bowling Club with their proposal idea.

“A meeting is being arranged with them to explore their ambitions further.”

 

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