Bowls Club

The meeting about the Bowling Green (2nd December 2015)

A pretty fair turnout last evening for this very important matter.

From the start the Chairman threw the session open to the floor, and several interesting ideas for the future of the area were put forward – some were discussed at length and some left open for further thought. Everything was minuted, and those minutes will be published on the web site in the near future.

It became obvious, though, that more work is needed to establish the exact ownership of the land, and whether there are any covenants in existence. The Clerk is delving into the Stygian darkness of the Deeds and hopes to have everything established in time for the next PC meeting on January 6th. Good luck George!


Extraordinary Meeting of Honingham PC to discuss closure of Bowls Club

Meeting in Village Hall on Weds 2nd December at 7.30 pm to discuss Bowls Club Closure

After more than 50 years in Honingham our Bowls Club has closed through lack of membership.

It has been kept in excellent condition, in particular by two Bowls Club stalwarts Ted Perritt and Aubrey Webb. It is a single storey wooden building with a bar and two seating areas, some double glazing, and outside toilets. The Bowling Green is in very fine condition.

The Bowls Club is owned by the Parish Council and we need to decide what to do with this building and land – and for that we need the villagers of Honingham to help with our decision making. We are holding an extraordinary Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30pm to discuss this matter and we would like as many villagers as possible to attend and give us your views. If you have some suggestions and cannot make the meeting could someone attend and raise your issues? Or, put your ideas on paper and give them to any of the Parish Councillors who will bring them up at the meeting.

Several ideas for the future use of the club house and bowling green have been suggested eg. Leased to another bowling club (unlikely as several local clubs are already closing); leased to other enterprises such as childrens play group etc, but again unlikely due to lack of heating for the winter months and outside toilets; sold for housing but only social housing likely to be granted permission to build and what do we do as a village with the extra cash this would generate?; remove the building to stop it rotting and becoming unsafe, and then turn the whole area into a recreation amenity area for the village

David Bishop, Chair HPC,