Wisbech bowls club set to reform

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Bowlers could soon be returning to the rinks in Wisbech after a new club has formed.

Many bowlers have been unable to compete in the winter leagues after the former Wisbech Indoor Bowls Club relinquished its lease at the Hudson Centre during March. It owes Fenland District Council £16,000.

But a group of volunteers joined by Wisbech Mayor David Hodgson and Cllr Peter Human have formed a committee for the Hudson Indoor Bowls Club.

The group has submitted a business plan to the district council and hopes to have a lease in place for the rinks shortly.

Speaking at Wisbech Town Council meeting Cllr Hodgson said: “The district council are now very keen for us to form a new club and sign a lease from January 1 for one year. After that it should be three to five years.”

Cllr Hodgson said there were 115 members and that fees will cost £30 per person and rink fees will be £3 per person.

Representatives from both councils will also be sitting on the new committee, which also has a new constitution.

District council cabinet member Michelle Tansfield said it was important to have people bowling again.

A letter from Fenland Cardiac Rehabilitation Service was read at the meeting, which raised fears about its use of the rinks during the week. Cllr Hodgson said the committee were keen to go along with what was said.