Craigmore bowlers vow to play on

The sun may be setting - in a strictly literal sense - over Craigmore Bowling Club in this image, but the club's members have decided to carry on playing - and to work towards restoring the rarely-used green and boosting membership at the same time.
The sun may be setting - in a strictly literal sense - over Craigmore Bowling Club in this image, but the club's members have decided to carry on playing - and to work towards restoring the rarely-used green and boosting membership at the same time.

THE dissolution of one of Bute’s four bowling clubs has been averted - despite the decision of a large chunk of its membership to leave and play elsewhere.

An extraordinary general meeting was held at Craigmore bowling club this week after no members volunteered at last month’s AGM to serve on the club’s committee.

The AGM on March 28 had also found no support for continuing to maintain, and play on, the club’s outdoor green, which was barely used in 2011.

Wednesday’s EGM - called to consider the election of a new committee or, alternatively, the dissolution of the club - heard that around ten Craigmore bowlers had recently become members of other island clubs in pursuit of competitive bowls, making the maintenance of the Craigmore green increasingly hard to justify for the small number of regular players.

But Hugh Yeamans, who agreed on Wednesday to step into the role of club president, said he intended to bring the Craigmore green back into use for bowling as quickly as possible.

“It is my intention that the green will survive, and I would intend to start work immediately to try and save it,” Mr Yeamans said.

“It’s going to take this season to stabilise the green, and during that time I would hope that we can bring in new members who can be encouraged to play.”