Belton Gardens Bowls Club in Stamford in urgent need of new members

Photo: SM290811-021ow.jpg'Belton Gardens Bowls Club chairman Keith Rippin is appealing for new members to join the Stamford club.
Photo: SM290811-021ow.jpg'Belton Gardens Bowls Club chairman Keith Rippin is appealing for new members to join the Stamford club.
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A BOWLS club faces a bleak future unless new members come forward.

In the last few years newcomers to Belton Gardens Bowls Club in Stamford have been scarce and the club chairman Keith Rippin is appealing for more members to secure its future.

The club is based on the Recreation Ground in Stamford and currently has about 20 playing members.

But five years ago it had twice that number. Today it can only manage one league team.

Mr Rippin said: “We would love to have new members. The future will look bleak unless we can bring in new people.

“Our position is that a lot of our members are getting older and we have not had enough new members over the last few years.

“We shall be considering our future in the next couple of weeks as the playing season comes to an end.

“It’s a question of whether people want to get out and do something or if they just want to sit in front of the TV.”

Mr Rippin concedes that recruiting is difficult at the end of the playing season when there are no upcoming matches to entice people.

But he thinks bowls is an ideal activity for the whole family.

He added: “The club offers excellent playing facilities, and bowls is a game that can be played by people of all ages and abilities.

“You can play socially and competitively to whatever level you want to progress. It is a social and active sort of activity.”

There will be a meeting at the club at 6pm on Thursday, September 15, and Mr Rippin is hoping to see some new faces there.

He said: “We would love people to come along.”

To find out more about the club visit https://sites.google.com/site/beltongardensbowlsclub/.