Club’s 100th celebrations

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A BOWLING club which has taken a huge U-turn financially, is opening its facilities to the village to help celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club was struggling to keep its doors open just over two years ago.

But when the club was faced with finding £32,000 to rebuild a wall which had collapsed, members pulled together and proved they wanted the club in Amisfield Road to remain.

President Nick Crowther who took over the club in 2011 said he would increase the membership by 100.

The club is close to achieving that. They have also increased the number of bowling teams and the amount of female bowlers.

Nick said: “It is a community project and we have now got the veterans team and are in the process of tidying up the club. There is a lot of work to do on the outside of the building but we feel we can keep it going.

“We would like to get more younger bowlers involved. We have got David Ryding, who is 18 and a Yorkshire champion. Bowls really can be a game for all ages.”

On Saturday, June 30, the club will host its anniversary party with a barbecue, hog roast and various entertainment from noon until late. Tickets at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children are available on the door or at the bar from Monday to Saturday 7.30pm until 11pm and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.

“We want to get the clubhouse and bar used. We just want people to use us a bit more often. We have two snooker tables downstairs. We just want to keep it going through the winter,” said Nick.