Appeal issued in bid to save Walkerburn Bowling Club

If a new committee cannot be formed, Walkerburn Bowling Club will no longer exist.
If a new committee cannot be formed, Walkerburn Bowling Club will no longer exist.

With the recent opening of a gravel ‘terrain’ for the French sport of Petanque, things appeared to be on the up at Walkerburn Bowling Club.

But although there was an excellent turnout when that area next to the clubhouse was unveiled, the same level of interest was not in evidence at the club’s annual general meeting.

Indeed, the attendance was so poor on November 29 that the meeting was adjourned without a committee being appointed.

An online appeal has gone out to villagers in a bid to save the club, which was founded in 1898, from extinction.

“If a committee cannot be formed, the club will no longer exist and its assets will be dissolved – it is that serious,” states the club website.

In a last-ditch bid to rescue the situation, a special general meeting has been called for 2pm on January 31 in the Henry Ballantyne Memorial Club.

“The way forward is for you to attend this meeting to save Walkerburn Bowling Club,” adds the online appeal.

Before that, anyone with any offers of help or suggestions on how to secure the club’s future is asked to contact George Thornton, who has agreed to assume the role of temporary president and chair the meeting, on 01896 870251.

Meanwhile the weather has added to the club’s woes with the Station Road green extensively flooded at the weekend when the Tweed burst its banks.

“It’s been a bad week for the club,” opined a Facebook comment posted on behalf of the club on Sunday.