Anyone for bowling? Apparently not.

Bowls2 The demise of a long-standing institution is always a sad occasion, especially when no-one seems to notice.

TS has got wind of a plea from Gibson Hewitt, the liquidators of the Balham Bowling Club, to find its missing members in order to give them some cash. The club, established in 1893 by members of the Surrey Staghounds but has been in steady decline in recent years as elderly members stopped visiting the clubhouse.

Of the 3,309 members, around 2,000 are ‘missing’. As shareholders they are entitled to at least £175, with some holdings worth up to £20,000. Not a sum to be sniffed at. TS just wonders how many of these members are still around to cash in on this windfall.

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