Bowling club thriving as it reaches 100

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club celebrating it's centenary.'Pictured are president Nick Crowther and secretary Chris Cox
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling Club celebrating it's centenary.'Pictured are president Nick Crowther and secretary Chris Cox
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Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Bowling club will celebrate their 100th birthday this weekend - just two years after facing potential closure.

The club, tucked away on Amisfield Road just off the A58, has seen it’s membership grow by 80 already this year after a push by Club Secretary Chris Cox and President Nick Crowther to increase numbers.

To mark the club’s 100th year they will hold an anniversary party on June 30.

It will complete a remarkable turnaround for the club which was left with a bill for £32,000 after a wall collapsed, blocking a residential road.

Nick, who had only been President for one month when the wall came down in February 2011, said it was a daunting prospect.

“Chris asked me to be President and I said I would love too, but then almost straight away the wall fell down.

“It was a big problem for us. £32,000 seemed a long way away for a club who only had a few pennies in the bank.”

The club held an emergency general meeting and agreed to sell bricks in the new wall to members, which quickly raised £19,000, and within two weeks they had the full amount.

“The wall coming down breathed new life into the club and really galvanised people,” said Nick.

“People came in and saw what we have to offer and made people realise this was a club worth fighting to keep.

“With it being our 100th year we made it our aim to recruit 100 new members, and so far we have got 80, so we’re not doing bad.”

The club, which has 219 members in total, caters for men, women, the old and the young, and play league matches every week.

“Anyone is welcome to come down and talk to us and we’ll show them how to play bowls,” said Nick.

Those wishing to get involved is advised to visit the club at evenings or weekends.