Article Index

    Save Our Greens Campaign

The Suncastle (North Parade) Greens are under threat.
In chronological order, this is a report of progress of the campaign
to keep the long established home of Federation bowling alive.

Updates will be made as matters progress.

5Jly24 8pm:- Cosmetic changes are still be made to this new page.


Suncastle greens: maintenance

East Lindsey D.C. recently declared their intention of ceasing maintenance of the greens after our National week in August 2024. The situation, as at 22Jun24, is as follows.

Several NEC members had a meeting with the Council on Friday 7Jun24 and the NEC was represented at a meeting at the Suncastle on Wednesday 19Jun24, during the Over-55 week.
Further information hopefully will be forthcoming following that meeting. Richard Underwood (Suncastle management) is leading the campaign and volunteers have come forward to help the 'committee'.
Also, meetings of the NEC and National Delegates have been called for 30Jun24 to discuss what is happening.


 For anyone wanting to support a 'save the greens' petition, there is the option of gathering signatures on a sheet of paper stating what it is for and take them to the Over 55s tournament. They need 1000 signatures to raise a meeting with the council. A sample form is attached to this page, it can be used for none East Lindsay residents.

The link below is to the facebook group Save Our Bowling Green Skegness. The main post on the group was on 7Jun24 and begins "PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE NORTH PARADE BOWLING GREENS". A message from 8Jun24 includes "for any enquiries please either message the page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ".


 To E.B.F.


East Lindsey District Council has for many years supported and financed the bowling offer in Skegness, the only bowling venue in the district to have received this level of support, however the council feels that the best way forward is for these types of facilities to be managed and run by the people using the facilities, they clearly know what is best for this type of facility to thrive and develop, to this end for several years I have been trying to find a long term solution which would see a local group, business or bowling organisation take over the ownership and running of the greens and infrastructure.


There now seems to be a local organisation emerging which could take on this role and the council would like to work with this organisation to secure the future of this area in providing a bowling offer.


The council working with this group, would look to invest in the infrastructure, with the possibility of a yearly grant, reducing over time, until the group has a firm management and fiscal structure, I would hope that this can be achieved within the next 12 months.


I hope this gives the bowling clubs comfort in the sustainability of the Greens, the council wishes to see this succeed but does not see its future as being the organisation running the Greens.


If there is anything further that I can help you with please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards, Graham


Graham Marsh
Member for Alford Ward
Deputy Leader and Executive Member



Email from Dave Woods to the County secretaries 3Jly24


Good Morning All,
As you are all aware we had a meeting last Sunday to discuss what is happening at Skegness. The meeting was called because we had received a letter from E.L.D.C saying that after our Championships in August, they would no longer maintain the greens at the Suncastle.
The meeting took place and I would like to thank Steve O'Dare from Skegness Council for attending and updating us on what was happening.
The minutes with an attachment are attached to this email.
Kind Regards



Draft Minutes

When these minutes are approved the above heading will be removed.
If there are any corrections, they will be highlighted in red.



Emergency Joint NEC/NDC Representatives Meeting


Mr. M. Carr (Chairman), Mrs I Ballam (President (EWBF), Mrs. B. Beresford (.D.P. & Hon Secretary E.W.B.F.), Mr. K. Fox (Umpires Secretary) Mr. W. T. Roberts) Treasurer) Mr. B. Bevans, Mr. D. Woods (Secretary). Also in attendance were the following clubs. Cleveland Men and Ladies, Derbyshire Men and Ladies, Humberside Men and Ladies. Huntingdonshire Men and Ladies, Lincolnshire Men, Norfolk Men and Ladies, North Cambs. Men and Ladies North Essex Ladies, Northants Men and Ladies, Nottinghamshire Men and Ladies, and Suffolk Men and Ladies.


Subject/Actions Agreed   



The meeting was opened by the Ladies President Mrs I. Ballam who welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Mike Carr then went on to introduce Steve O’Dare from Skegness Council and part of the team who have started the Save our Greens campaign.



Mr. T. Flatt (President) Mr. D. Thomas (Deputy President) Mr. R.Taylor. . (Junior Deputy President)                         Mrs. J. Phillips. (Junior Deputy President EWBF)  Mrs.J.Murphy (National Safeguarding Officer) Mrs. J. Croxall. Durham Men, and Northumberland Ladies,


The meeting was originally called after we received a letter from E.L.DC saying the greens would not be maintained after our Championships in August.

Steve O’Dare a Councillor from Skegness has agreed to give us an update on what is now happening.

Steve went on to give us his own background having served in the Army for 23 years, worked for the Police force and will be a Town Councillor for at least the next 4 years. He was also the Town Crier for 3 years a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

He went on to say that 3 weeks ago he was approached to be part of a working group set up to save the greens at Skegness

This followed. Mike Carr attending a Council meeting, where it was stated that they did not want anything to do with the greens.

Steve, Richard Underwood from the Suncastle and Carl Macey then started a petition to save the bowling green’s. They called a meeting not knowing who would turn up inviting local business including the Hoteliers and members of the general public. Over 150 people attended the meeting and a number of people had signed a form to save the greens.

They then formed the North Parade Bowling Greens Association which is fully constitutional.

They are now in constant contact with E.L.D.C. All buildings have been inspected and we now have a professional body working on the greens from an outside source.

A full committee will be formed in the near future. E.L.D.C has said they will help with funding although it is a paltry sum.

The meeting was then opened to questions, Norfolk  made it clear they do not want to leave Skegness, Humberside would be happy to stay at Skegness if the greens were improved,

What is needed is more competitions to be played, there used to be 2 in June 1in July and one in September, plus the National Championships.

If the greens do close then Skegness will be poorer without the 2 competitions that are now held there.

What is required is the support of people, we have noticed that less people are now attending and the reason being is the state of the greens. It is hoped that with the new firm working on the greens that this will improve them, but it will take time.

The E.B.F have had a police report saying that unless the people are causing damage there is nothing they can do. Unfortunately a large fence can’t be built as it is a Heritage site and we would not get permission,  also there are 7 or 8 openings around the Suncastle and gardens which would have to be left open.

However it is intended to put a smaller fence around the greens like the one they have at Great Yarmouth. The fence would be hooped, but first of all we would require permission from the English Heritage. The fence would be connected to the concrete around the greens. There are CTV cameras on the green and these are controlled from Boston, the trouble is the Police have no powers because it is an open space


All this will depend on funding, a minimum of £30,000 would be required, £8000 per green and the remaining £6000 would be used to fund other bowls projects.


It was suggested that the hotels should add on £1 per night to all their customers, this would bring in quite a lot of money for the committee. The new organisation called Sands may help. This is the new Hoteliers organisation, it is hoped that someone from the Hoteliers Association will join the committee.

It has been quoted that the week brings in 2 to 3 million for the week we believe it is nearer 1 million.                 

The trouble is, it’s the Hoteliers and Businesses that make the money, not the Council.

As everyone is now aware things are moving quite quickly and that is why we invited Steve to our meeting, to give us an update on what is going on.

We have been trying and have had meetings over the last two and a half years, but have got nowhere.

Steve, Richard and Carl have only been involved for about 3 weeks and things are developing very quickly.

The E.B.F fully support everything that Steve, Richard and Carl have done, we must now look to the future and not the past.

The organisation will now be called the North Parade Bowling Green’s Association. It is now hoped that all our members will join the face book page of save our bowling green’s.

Jayne Croxall from Nottinghamshire had sent a letter to Steve covering most points we have discussed.

We have given the new organisation our commitment to holding the Championships for a long time at Skegness if the greens are improved to a Championship standard.

The meeting ended by all Counties showing their appreciation for what the 3 people have done and thanked Steve for attending the meeting and giving us a very good insight to what is now happening.

An email from Graham Marsh is attached to these minutes.





                                                             Draft Minutes