Council help for bowlers

The bowling green on Eaves Lane
The bowling green on Eaves Lane

A bowling club given just days to leave its green has found other venues for some of its matches this season.

But St James’ Bowling Club is still without a permanent home after being told to leave the green on Eaves Lane, Chorley, where it has been based since 1923.

As reported last week, the club received a letter on Friday, April 25 from site owners, Samuel Smith Old Brewery, saying it must vacate the green by last Thursday.

The bowlers rushed to move their equipment and find a new green.

Although they have not found a permanent base yet, Chorley Council has provided greens for the majority of their matches this season.

Jamie Carson, the council’s director of people and places, said: “After hearing about the sudden closure of the St James’ bowling green, the council really wanted to help the teams as it would be a terrible shame for games to have to be called off.

“We have managed to accommodate upcoming matches on our bowling greens as a temporary solution and are still looking into the possibility of finding a new venue on a permanent basis for the players.”

Despite now having venues for the matches, it is not known where the club will go in the long-term.

The bowlers believe the bowling green, along with the neighbouring social club also named St James’ Bowling Club, could be put up for sale.

Gordon Griffith, club secretary, said: “For six of the seven teams, we have alternative arrangements. Most of them are on Tatton recreation ground so we don’t have to go too far.

“It’s just not our home though. It’s a matter of getting used to it.

“Until we find out what’s happening at St James’, we don’t know what’s happening to us.”

A spokesman for Samuel Smith Old Brewery declined to comment.