New life for bowls club after Pegasus closure

Thurrock Gazette: Club captain George Martin, front left, with the Pegasus Bowls Club Club captain George Martin, front left, with the Pegasus Bowls Club

A BOWLS club almost forced to fold following the closure of a popular Corringham social club has been saved...and is now moving home.

The Pegasus Bowls Club, who had played their home matches at the Pegasus Sport and Social Club in Herd Lane, Corringham, has moved to the Billet field venue.

And the 50-strong club have moved into the Billet Lane clubhouse, with hopes of growing.

The club were displaced - and faced with the prospect of folding - after the Pegasus club closed last month.

The future of the club remains uncertain, but it is thought a Malaysian consortium are closing in on a deal which could see popular venue turned into a plush country hotel.

But the club’s closure three weeks ago means many of the sports clubs who called the venue home, have had to merge with other local clubs or fold entirely.

With the help of Thurrock Council though, the bowls club, which is 55 years old, is now ready to start the new season.

Gil Moore, who is a club committee member, said: “The old aged pensioner’s have done well! We’ve refurbished it a bit and made it liveable. We’ve got an open day on Sunday, June 22, and would love for new members to join us. We’re especially short on women and social and beginner players.”

Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Gil Moore on 01375 674354.

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1:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Corringham Railway says...

I just hope that nothing else gets driven away just because Pegasus had to close. Pegasus club is looking down a precipice from a high balcony. They have already lost the bowling and cricket teams.
Some surety should have been given first before they had to look somewhere else. This is why this whole situation has been allowed to get out of hand.
No-one can do a thing about it. So wrong and so sad.
I just hope that nothing else gets driven away just because Pegasus had to close. Pegasus club is looking down a precipice from a high balcony. They have already lost the bowling and cricket teams. Some surety should have been given first before they had to look somewhere else. This is why this whole situation has been allowed to get out of hand. No-one can do a thing about it. So wrong and so sad. Corringham Railway
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1:48pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

No doubt they'll have to move again when ETUFC takes over on Billet Field, Councillor John Kent (Hon. Chairman of the ETUFC) allowed the Football Club to buy the Billet Field, (what a surprise! said no-one Ever), which incidentally was left to the People of Stanford, without the courtesy of recourse to the residents. (I am so looking forward to the meetings). Although I've been told that they haven't been granted planning permission yet, there were not any other bidders. So I believe it's a foregone conclusion as Mr. Speight of the Planning Committee's father (who is also Ex Secretary of the Club) is overseeing the Club's move. So done deal.
No doubt they'll have to move again when ETUFC takes over on Billet Field, Councillor John Kent (Hon. Chairman of the ETUFC) allowed the Football Club to buy the Billet Field, (what a surprise! said no-one Ever), which incidentally was left to the People of Stanford, without the courtesy of recourse to the residents. (I am so looking forward to the meetings). Although I've been told that they haven't been granted planning permission yet, there were not any other bidders. So I believe it's a foregone conclusion as Mr. Speight of the Planning Committee's father (who is also Ex Secretary of the Club) is overseeing the Club's move. So done deal. Sugarman
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