Bowled over

120112 Jackie Irving and Bob Wilson at Philpstoun bowling club.
120112 Jackie Irving and Bob Wilson at Philpstoun bowling club.

A ONCE thriving bowling club is calling time after dwindling membership and crippling costs force them to close.

Last Sunday, Philpstoun Bowling Club decided to wind the club down before they go into debt. Bowler Bob Wilson (63) of Church Court has played at the club since 1974. He said: “It will be the first bowling club in this area to go. It’s been here since 1935, and is the only social hobby in the village - there’s nothing else here. Philpstoun is going to be a ghost town.”

He added: ”I like to bowl in the summer and I’m there nearly every night. But there are high energy and maintenance costs and villagers are not using it. People aren’t booking functions and we cannot keep it going, so we are looking to finish up by the end of the month.”

Decline in membership has meant the club only has 28 seniors and 20 full members.

For more see the Journal and Gazette out on Friday, January 20.