One of Edinburgh’s oldest bowling clubs is looking to the future with renewed optimism after the threat of eviction from their green was lifted.
Lutton Place bowling club, Newington, was faced with going out of business after 153 years when the Scottish Episcopal Church, who own the land on which the club is based, announced plans to develop the site. However, according to a statement issued by the bowling club, a new accord between the church and club has been agreed.
Leading celebrations, Lutton Place president, John Carlin, said: “This is great news for our club. Our membership is growing and this stability will allow us to continue to promote the sport within our community and our links with local schools. We are grateful to St Peter’s Church for their renewed support and we look forward to another 153 years together on Lutton Place.”
Mr Carlin also acknowledged that an element of negotiations were on-going but Billy Strang, club secretary, expressed confidence in the outcome and indicated that it was a matter of how long the lease would be extended for.
The club statement reads: “Tucked away behind St Peter’s Church this small club hides a proud history of international importance in the world of bowling. The club, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, had faced closure within months. With growing support in the community and from within St Peter’s congregation, the church has now reconsidered their decision and offered the historic club a new long-term lease.”
Among initiatives now being undertaken by the Lutton Place club members are links with nearby Preston Street Primary School.