New benches installed at bowling green in Coulsdon South


By - Friday 30th May, 2014

New benches have been installed at Marlpit Lane Bowling Green. After receiving a grant the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green were able to get a new bench for the Coulsdon Memorial Ground. Now three new benches line the bowling green and parts of the damaged path have also been restored.


Image from the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green and used with permission.

Image from the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green and used with permission.

Release begins: On 26th March, the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green secured a £1000 grant from the MPGA for a new park bench for Coulsdon Memorial Ground. On 22nd May, two replacement benches arrived and were installed, and a third bench was repaired and replaced.

Croydon Council has kindly supported the Green by supplying extra refurbished benches on top of the grant purchase to complete the line alongside the bowling green. The Friends are delighted and would like to convey their thanks to the council, and the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association who provided the grant, on behalf of themselves and park users.

The new benches were placed just in time for the bank holiday, and were immediately popular with park visitors. While Saturday and Monday were too damp to play, Sunday’s bright weather was perfect for bowling and the green was extremely busy. Opening early at 12, due to the bank holiday, all six rinks of the bowling green were quickly filled, while the putting green had many enthusiastic golfers, some of who came back twice in one day!

Bowlers are not the only ones to benefit. At the same time, the damaged path was repaired, removing a trip hazard, and the benches will be in place permanently for use of all park visitors, providing a quiet place to sit away from the main park.

About the Friends: The Friends are an all-volunteer organisation who have restored the bowling green in Coulsdon Memorial Ground and keep it open to the public. If you would like to help please see our website – More volunteers are always welcome.

From: Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green
Contact: contact@marlpitlanebowlinggreen.co.uk
Web: http://www.marlpitlanebowlinggreen.co.uk

Release ends

Image from the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green and used with permission.

Missing benches in December 2013. Image from the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green and used with permission.

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