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Bowls club gets OK to stay put at the Hudson

Keen bowlers have been given the go-ahead to carry on using the indoor facilities at the Hudson Centre in Wisbech.

Wisbech Indoor Bowls Club Hudson

An agreement has been reached between a newly established indoor bowls club and Fenland District Council.

The continued use of the centre had been in question because of an outstanding debt owed by the previous club and doubts about its future viability.

That club has now been disbanded and a new one created called the Hudson Indoor Bowls Club Wisbech

The new club has worked with Living Sport, Cambridgeshire's Community Sports Partnership, to develop a realistic business plan designed to grow membership over the next year. It has already enlisted about 90 members.

Initially it will be using the hall on a casual basis with a view to signing a short-term lease in January, assuming that membership has grown as predicted in the next couple of months.

Cllr Michelle Tanfield, the council's Cabinet member responsible for sport and leisure, said: "It's great to have met the new club's committee and to know they are committed to attracting enough members to enable them to continue to play at the Hudson.

"With Fenland's older population set to carry on growing, ensuring that they have the facilities to help keep them active is vitally important. But bowls is not just a sport for the older generation; it's    also one that younger people can enjoy, and I know the club is looking to link up with local schools to encourage more of them to play, too."

Peter Human, the new club's joint chairman, said: "I am very pleased that the district council felt that our business plan was viable and I am grateful for the support from both Living Sport and the town council in establishing the new club.

"It is now all about getting members committed and bowling again - we hope to have more than 100 people signed up in the coming months. The facility is excellent, so please get in touch, come down to the Hudson for a bowl and meet some new friends.  We look forward to seeing you there."

Simon Fairhall, chief executive of Living Sport, said: "I'm glad to see that the work we have put into supporting bowling in Wisbech is paying off and that the Hudson can continue to offer its facilities. We will continue to give the new club any extra help and advice that it may need over the coming months.

"If other community sports clubs in Fenland feel that they need similar support, we'd be happy to help."

·         To contact the new club, call membership secretary Roger Rawson on 07500 899431 or email roger@rlrdigital.co.uk.

·         For more information on Living Sport, visit www.livingsport.co.uk , email info@livingsport.co.uk  or call 01487 841559

Article added December 2, 2015