We should be en­cour­ag­ing bowl­ing – not stop­ping it

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SINCE the Hal­ton Cas­tle in West­head closed down in 2016 there is a pos­si­bil­ity that an­other bowl­ing green in the North West may be closed: The Vil­lage Inn, High Street, Skelmers­dale.

Over the years this pub has had many man­agers but they all have al­lowed bowl­ing there to con­tinue, how­ever this is about to change.

The pub shut down in Au­gust and the new man­ager that is about to open it up again has told the bowlers that next year they won’t be able to play there, as they in­tend to use it as a beer gar­den with a bouncy cas­tle.

There are six teams that play there on a Mon­day and Tues­day (two teams), Fri­day (two teams) and a pen­sioner team on a Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The bowlers there are dev­as­tated as some teams came from the Hare & Hounds in Up Hol­land, who had to leave for var­i­ous rea­sons a few years ago and Cas­tle Lane from the Hal­ton Cas­tle.

This is one of many bowl­ing greens that have closed over the years, in­clud­ing the Royal Oak, Com­rades, Hal­ton Cas­tle (West­head), Wind­mill (Orm­skirk), Bull & Dog (Burscough), St Annes (Orm­skirk), and the Hare & Hounds (Up Hol­land)

With the Gov­ern­ment go­ing on about how peo­ple should ex­er­cise more this op­tion is be­ing taken away from them.

What bet­ter way than to play bowls which in­cludes walk­ing and bend­ing for be­tween 45 and 60 min­utes on a nice sum­mer’s evening – which we have had this year. Dis­grun­tled bowler

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