Spalding bowls club members steam over no cuppas

Ayscoughfee Bowls Club members with their boiler on a bench in ladies changing room. Picture features Margaret Whittington, Anne Caress, chairman Clifford Ellis, Peter Caress and John Wells. SG010615-100TW ANL-150106-115526001
Ayscoughfee Bowls Club members with their boiler on a bench in ladies changing room. Picture features Margaret Whittington, Anne Caress, chairman Clifford Ellis, Peter Caress and John Wells. SG010615-100TW ANL-150106-115526001
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A bowls club in Spalding is steaming because it can no longer offer visiting teams a cuppa on match days.

Ayscoughfee Bowls Club has used the kitchen in the pavilion next to the green to make tea for 40 years, but now claim South Holland District Council has kicked them out for health and safety reasons.

Ayscoughfee Bowls Club chairman Clifford Ellis with the boiler in ladies changing room. SG010615-104TW ANL-150106-115708001

Ayscoughfee Bowls Club chairman Clifford Ellis with the boiler in ladies changing room. SG010615-104TW ANL-150106-115708001

Although the club’s boiler has been moved to a seat in the ladies’ changing room, chairman Clifford Ellis believes this isn’t very safe either.

He said: “The problem is not only the fact the boiler is on the seat, but also the ladies can’t use the kitchen to wash up the cups.

“The only alternative would be to use plastic cups but they are too bendy and not suitable.”

Until the club was thrown out of the kitchen, Mr Ellis said they had a good relationship with the park keeper and groundsmen.

We always get a cuppa when we play away matches butnow we are having to refuse visitors one when they come here

Ayscoughfee Bowls Club chairman Clifford Ellis

He said: “We never went into the kitchen until after 6.30pm and always made the park keeper a cup of tea and gave him a biscuit.

“Then we’d make cups of tea for the visiting teams at 8.30pm. Having a cup of tea is a big reason why members enjoy the game.

“We always get a cuppa when we play away matches but now we are having to refuse visitors one when they come here.”

There are 70 to 80 members who use the club for recreation.

Mr Ellis said: “Many of them are older people and it doesn’t seem right what the council has done.

“Wars are started this way.”

A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “The club had previously used a dedicated staff room to make their drinks and a few years ago it was agreed that they would use a different room in the building.

“The situation remains the same and there has been no proposal to change the arrangement.”