SUNNYHURST BOWLING GREEN 2019 COMMUNITY ASSET OR NOT ?
While many bowling greens are being forced to close due to lack of funding or interest Sunnyhurst is fortunate to still have a bowling green in a lovely setting .Perfect for a friendly game of bowls particularly on a sunny day.
The green, pavilion and surroundings are maintained by the SunnyhurstBowling Club. The club is totally self-funded paying an annual rent to Blackburn with Darwen Council( the only council green asked to do so) as well as all the running and maintenance costs.
During this winter2018/19 the club has had to outlay over £3,000 on a new path to the pavilion and extra expenditure on the green itself.
Thanks must be made to Crown Paints for a donation of £2,000 and Denis andElizabeth Jepson and Chris and Beryl Thayne for holding fund raising events contributing to a sum of just over £1,000 towards the upkeep of the green and surroundings. Indeed over the past few years Denis, Elizabeth, Chris and Beryl have raised a considerable amount of money towards the bowling green, many thanks.
Membership and visitor numbers are relatively small and the club has only kept the green open thanks to donations, fund raising and sponsorship. With basic annual costs of around £1,600 the club barely makes ends meet.
The bowling green is an often unnoticed and forgotten part of our community (tucked away behind a row of cottages just beyond the Sunnyhurst Public House and reached by a path besides the pub).The club committee feel there is a need to remind everyone that it is there and that new committee members and anew increased membership are needed. Without this input the green and club could fold possibly within the next couple of years.
Therefore increased membership and fund raisers are needed to keep the bowling green for future use. If you think the green is worth keeping for the future please join! Membership details are attached.
John Hacking (Bowling Club Chairman)