For­mer Avon­dale bowlers want their club back

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SI­MON SMITH

A group of for­mer Avon­dale Bowl­ing Club mem­bers say they are not ’’riff-raffs’’.

They are telling the ‘‘other side of the story’’ af­ter Arthur ‘Pat’ Bell told Stuff.co.nz he had gone about clean­ing up the west Auck­land club since he be­came pres­i­dent five years ago.

Back in Septem­ber the club was lucky to have a re­stricted six­month liquor li­cence re­newal when com­mis­sion­ers put it on no­tice to clean up its act.

Neigh­bours told the re­newal hear­ing that pa­trons of­ten left the premises drunk and dis­or­derly, and re­ported a num­ber of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

Pol­lard was a mem­ber of the club for 19 years and a for­mer club cap­tain.

He left the club ear­lier this year, he says, due to the be­hav­iour of the cur­rent pres­i­dent.

Bell, 59, has con­vic­tions for drink driv­ing, as well as one for as­sault af­ter an in­ci­dent at the club on New Year’s Eve 2014.

Along with four other for­mer mem­bers who have left the club over the past couple of years, Pol­lard says there were no com­plaints about the be­hav­iour at the club un­der pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents.

The five for­mer mem­bers say they love the club but are an­gry at the way peo­ple have been treated.

The at­mos­phere at the club has gone down­hill in the past few years, they say, and it is now in fi­nan­cial trou­ble.

For­mer mem­bers of the Avon­dale Bowl­ing Club: Bruce Keene, Colin Haysham and Nor­man Pol­lard.

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