It’s been a long time coming, but the decision to cease trading at the Blayney Bowling Club as of Thursday was a ‘no-brainer’, according to president of the club Steve Chapman.
“We simply can not trade if we’re insolvent,” he said.
Ever since the decision was made by Newstead Bowling Club to merge with Orange Ex-Services’ Club rather than Blayney, the fate of the club has been on shaky ground.
As a result of that decision, the club now owes Newstead money that had been advanced to keep the Blayney club operating.
Mr Chapman said there were discussions under way with a hospitality management group that has a track record in helping turn clubs around.
We need to offer something attractive, enjoyable and good value for money.Blayney Bowling Club president Steve Chapman
“This group has an excellent record of successful and profitable management of businesses like our club, which rely on boosting food, beverage and other income,” he said.
“The club needs an injection of funds to clear debt and revamp facilities and premises to increase patronage and stem the trading losses. Without this the club will not survive.”
As negotiations continue, Mr Chapman said that closing the club in the meantime was the only option open to the board, and he hoped that a decision would be made within four weeks.
MAP: Where is the Blayney Bowling Club …
“If a deal can be reached, the board will call a meeting of members to provide full particulars of the proposal and give members the opportunity of considering the detail and asking questions and, if approved, authorising the board to finalise any management contract and refinancing” he said.
Despite Newstead’s decision to merge with OEC, Mr Chapman insisted that OEC was very keen to help in any restructuring of the club.
“We have met with the new CEO of Orange Ex-Services’ Club, Daniel Perkiss, as well as president Graham Gentles. They assured us that they would not stand in the way and would help us where they can to secure a sound future for our club.”
Mr Chapman added if an agreement was made with the management group that the club wouldn’t open straight away.
“The club needs an overhaul and they will be spending a bit of money updating a lot of the facilities,” he said.
“The board is committed to doing everything it can to return the club to its position in the social and community life of Blayney. We need to offer something attractive, enjoyable and good value for money.”
DO YOU WANT MORE ORANGE AND DISTRICT NEWS?
- Receive our free newsletters delivered to your inbox, as well as breaking news alerts. Sign up below …