Big blow to boxing club
Robert steps down as chair
Cleland Community Council chairman Robert Arnott has announced he is stepping down from the role.
Robert, along with his wife Janice, tendered their resignations from the group at a meeting of the organisation last week.
Speaking at the start of the meeting, Robert said: “We have not taken this decision lightly, but we feel we have done what we can and it is time to pass the baton to give someone else the chance to give their fresh ideas for the village.
“We would like to take this opportunity to wish the community council all the best for the future.”
Community council vicechairman Stephen Roarty will take over the role.
The new vice-chair of the group will be Mark Clinton.
Robert had been the chairman of the community council until last year when he stepped down to make way for Louise Roarty to become chair.
However, he stepped back into the role following Louise’s election as a Murdostoun councillor back in May.
Robert and Janice’s last act as community council members was helping out at the village’s successful fun day on Saturday.
The closure of the Cleland Club was “heartbreaking” for a local boxing coach.
Ronnie Blackburn heaped praise on club lease holders Paul and Gerard Gallacher for their support of Cleland Miners ABC but admitted he was gutted that the club would be without a venue for their house shows.
He said: “The most important thing for me is that we thank Paul for all the help he’s gave us over the years because he’s been very good to the club.
We would use the Cleland Club two or three times a year for our home shows and we’d always do well with tickets because it was local.
“But as sad as it sounds we’ll now need to look elsewhere which is really disappointing.
“I was hopeful someone could step in and take over but we can’t wait around forever. I have to think about what’s important for the club and for the kids.
“As much as it breaks my heart we won’t be able to have the shows in Cleland.
“We’re looking at couple of options but we don’t want to go too far away because we want it to be something for the local community.
“There’s less and less to do in Cleland now and it’s a shame because the Cleland Club was always popular.”
The boxers will continue to ply their trade at the evergrowing Cleland Miners ABC on Omoa Road.
With the shows hosted by Cleland too big for their gym, however, Ronnie admits he was in a tough position.
He said: “I was left with no option and when you’re trying to get things organised for the upcoming year, what can you do?
“It’s no disrespect to any of the people who ran the Cleland Club because they helped us out greatly.
But we couldn’t wait around for something to happen.”
Boxing clever Kids from Cleland Boxing Club