Golf club must be saved

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

As we ap­proach the fi­nal demise of the Labour Party (north and south of the bor­der) the lo­cal par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and some coun­cil­lors took to the streets of Ruther­glen mi­nus his Lord­ship and also mi­nus Labour Party mem­bers of which there are dif­fer­ing num­bers, banded about from 8000 to 13,000 na­tion­ally.

Whilst all par­ties in the Yes move­ment con­tinue to re­port mas­sive mem­ber­ship gains, the si­lence from Labour is deaf­en­ing.

Maybe Mr Kelly or Greatrex can in­form us what the true mem­ber­ship num­bers are, and if they are also de­cid­ing, like La­mont and Dar­ling, that enough is enough, and that they are ac­tu­ally de­clin­ing as we speak.

Mr Kelly may also wish to ex­plain why he has cho­sen to support (he’s the cochair of the Murphy team) Mr Murphy as op­posed to the Union can­di­date, a Union that still con­trib­utes very con­sid­er­ably in or­der to try and keep him, and oth­ers like him in a job. John Starrs, Ruther­glen. Pos­si­bly the best fea­ture of Cam­bus­lang is the golf course which is close to the Vil­lage cen­tre and sep­a­rates it from the in­dus­trial parks.

It is a green and pleas­ant oa­sis sur­rounded by tower blocks and huge ware­houses. Re­cently, a house de­vel­oper has of­fered to buy the land and the mem­bers of Cam­bus­lang Golf Club are be­ing asked if they wish to pro­ceed with ne­go­ti­a­tions or to turn down the of­fer .

The first words of the club’s con­sti­tu­tion are:

“1(a) The club shall be called Cam­bus­lang Golf Club and shall be a non profit mak­ing body ded­i­cated to the sup­ply of sport­ing ser­vices.”

If the of­fer is ex­pected, each mem­ber’s share of the price paid will be of the or­der of £40,000. Is this“non profit mak­ing”? Also, is the club demon­strat­ing its ded­i­ca­tion to the sup­ply of sport­ing ser­vices by turn­ing its golf course into a hous­ing es­tate? The con­sti­tu­tion goes on to stste that “1(b)The prin­ci­ple ob­jec­tive of the club shall be to pro­mote the game of golf .”

It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine how the game of golf is go­ing to be pro­moted by clo­sure of this course which has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity and pro­mot­ing the game since 1892. Name and ad­dress sup­plied. If it was the rugby club I would try my best to get it knocked back. It’s your home club which you are proud to play for. It makes me proud to play for Cam­bus­lang as I am play­ing along­side guys who are more like brothers to me.

Un­der of­fer Cam­bus­lang Golf Club

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