HOPES are high that a much loved bowling green at the heart of Philpstoun will be retained by the local community.
Around 50 people attended a meeting last week to discuss the green’s future after Philpstoun Bowling Club shut its doors in February due to declining membership. Although the property belongs to West Lothian Council, residents want to take on the rent and upkeep of the green for use by the community. A committee was elected and is working on an action plan to put to the council.
Committee member Douglas Smith said: “We formed a new club - Philpstoun community bowling green - which will work alongside the community hall. I am overcome by support from the community and other bowling clubs - it is our intention to run the bowling green as a family-friendly place.”
Residents will need to drum up funds to keep the community venture alive.
Secretary Lynne Mushet said: “We have a lot of support for the green but very little funds and work needs to be done on getting the green back in shape.”
She appealed to other bowling clubs to donate any equipment they no longer use. If everything goes to plan, Philpstoun bowling season will start with target bowls and a BBQ on May 12.
A council spokesman said they were approached by a community representative, adding: “We will fully consider their proposals once they are submitted.”