‘Cash flow problem’ closes Blakes

TROUBLE-torn Blakeborough Social and Sports Club has been forced to close its doors because of an unpaid electricity bill.

The electricity supply has been cut off by npower and a handwritten notice pinned to the door of the the club in Bradford Road informs members that it is closed until further notice.

It is the latest chapter in a long-running saga that has seen two factions at the club at logger-heads in an increasingly bitter dispute. Blakeborough’s Social and Sports Club has been keen to sell off Blakes Albion Bowling Club as a way of securing its future but members of the bowling club have resisted the move.

A year-long police investigation, carried out by Calderdale CID, into the financial affairs of Blakeborough Social and Sports Club cleared the committee of allegations of fraud and theft.

Committee member Andy Taylor said: “It’s no secret that we are having temporary cash flow problems and we haven’t been able to settle our electricity bill.

“Npower kept changing the goalposts and we had no choice but to close for a short time but we hope to open again soon.”

Mr Taylor said a 50th birthday party which was booked into the club had to be transferred at short notice to Thornhill Briggs Workingmen’s Club.

“Any delay will be catastrophic for the club. We just want to get the electricity back on and move the club forward.”

But Andy Speechley, committee member at Blakes Albion Bowling Club, said he was dismayed to see the social club closed.

“We are sorry for the members of the social club because we never wanted this to happen. We have bent over backwards to try and talk to the social club committee over the past 12 months because we want to resolve this situation. We want the social club to keep going.

“This situation could have been avoided. We have a sound business plan in place but the social club committee is not interested.

“People are very upset and disappointed at the way it’s all been handled.”

n ‘Bowling club will fight on’: See Letters, page 14.