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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Bowling club’s plea as committee crisis looms

A ‘CRISIS’ is threatening the future of a 150-year-old bowling club in Annan - with a call for members to fill key roles.

Annan Bowling Club hold their AGM on Tuesday February 16 at 7 pm, but president Alan Kay is warning there is a desperate shortage of members willing to take on necessary duties.
Mr Kay, top right, said: “It would appear as if we’re going to be losing all of our committee this year.
“The secretary can’t do it due to work commitments, the treasurer’s given up, the social convener’s given up, the bar manager’s given up.
“And at the moment we’ve got no green ranger because she gave up during the year.
“So we’re running on a skeleton staff at the moment, or we have been, and we’re getting to the stage now where, at the AGM, if we don’t have replacements, then the bowling club’s reached a crisis stage.”
Annan Bowling Club was founded in 1864, celebrating its 150th anniversary two years ago.
Mr Kay says membership of the club on Seaforth Avenue has been ‘quite reasonable’ for the last couple of years, at about 80 playing members and 20 social members.
But he says there are not so many younger members, and the older members are either not so willing or able to take on the commitments.
Mr Kay also notes that the club’s constitution specifies that it must have a secretary in order to operate.
And he said: “What we’re really needing is for members to come to the AGM to support the club, because recent social occasions that we’ve had there’s been more people from outwith the club than there have been members, which is a sad affair.”
The next social event at the club is this evening, with a games night offering games of dominoes, darts and pool taking place at 7 pm for 7.30 pm.

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