Chairman of the Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club Martin Colbert speaking on behalf of board members about the seriousness of the finacial situation of the club.
Chairman of the Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club Martin Colbert speaking on behalf of board members about the seriousness of the finacial situation of the club. Jay Cronan

Club future looks grim

THE FUTURE of the Bangalow Bowling Club is looking increasingly grim, following its slip into voluntary administration last week.

The struggling club closed its doors to the public on Friday, and met with administrators yesterday to discuss its future.

Following the meeting, treasurer Tony Hart said the club was due to meet with creditors at the end of February.

It was unlikely to open until again until then, if at all.

Amalgamation with other clubs had been among the options flagged, he said.

A slump in trade has been the blamed for the demise of the club, which reported a loss of $100,000 in 2010.

Losses had been reined in by almost half that amount in the past 12 months, but the club was no longer in the position to continue trading.

Bowls Club members like Ross Thatcher said although the closure had been talked about, it still came as a shock.

"We'd just paid membership fees and just took on a new secretary manager."

"We thought that's got to be a good sign. It's going to turn around," he said.

He said the club's closure would leave a 'gaping hole' in many people's lives.



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