Bowls clubs consolidate

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013

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After decades of draws, runs and touchers, the Ashbury Bowling Club is disbanding.

Dwindling membership means the club is no longer sustainable as an independent entity, treasurer Jim McLaughlan said.

"Everyone's getting older and less inclined to take the responsibility of getting after things, and younger ones are not interested in joining," he said.

Current members number about 30, down from more than 100 in the club's heyday.

The club will amalgamate with the Hassell St-based Kia Toa Bowling Club, except for individual members who wish to join other clubs, he said.

Its Ranui Ave land and buildings, meanwhile, are up for sale. The property includes about 3605 square metres of land opposite Pak 'n Save.

The property has a land value of $175,000 and a capital value of $960,000, according to Timaru District Council property records. It is zoned Residential 2, a designation for high-density residential purposes and open space recreation areas.

Money from the sale is likely to be invested in facility upgrades at the Kia Toa club, Mr McLaughlan said.

Depending on how quickly the property sells, bowls is likely to continue at the facility over the winter, but will end after that.

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- The Timaru Herald

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