Tuesday 14 July 2015

St Paul's Bowling Club celebrate new green and pavilion

l-r: Cllrs Billy Rotherham & Phil Kelly,
Club Chair, Ken Wright & Cllr Paul Kenny
I was delighted to officially open a new bowling green and pavilion.

Located on the Wainhomes, Vicarage Park development off Warrington Rd, Goose Green, I joined club officials, members and ward councillors in glorious sunshine to celebrate the ‘state of the art’ facility.

As part of the new housing development Wigan Council secured a s106 planning agreement to replace the clubs old ground at the former Bulls Head pub. St Paul’s Bowling Club have a long term lease on the ground and the future of the club is secured.

Bowling continues to play a valuable role in local communities and at a time when many bowling greens have been lost to development it is heartening to see St Paul’s Bowling Club take to their new green and pavilion. It is a growing sport and can be played by all ages and thanks to this ‘state of the art’ facility the future of bowling in Goose Green is secure.”

The health benefits of bowling, ensuring that people stay both physically, mentally and socially active, are clear and must run into millions of pounds worth of treatment that the NHS doesn’t have to provide every year.”

Club Chairman, Ken Wright said, “We have a fantastic bowling green in a glorious position and is open to anyone who wants to join young or old, beginner or experienced players welcome: Ladies welcome to come down and have a bowl!

“Thank you to Wainhomes and Wigan Council for providing us with a facility relevant to the 21st century as many bowling greens have closed in Wigan. It’s nice to have a new green open to provide players a chance to get fit both mentally and body wise and to meet other people in a pleasant environment. As George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing’."

For further information about joining St Paul’s Bowling Club please contact the Secretary, Peter McLaughlin on 07952625784