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Breaking News! | Friends of Castle Green to take over former Bowling Club in Asset Transfer

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Friends of Castle Green (FoCG) has today (17th January 2024) taken over the lease of the former Bowling Club on Castle Green as a Community Asset Transfer from Herefordshire Council.

Chair of FoCG Paddy Nugent receiving the keys to the Castle Green Bowling Club from Joe Long of Herefordshire Council Estates team.

The former Bowling Club and bowling green, which was vacated in May 2023, will be rebranded The Club House at Castle Green and will be managed and refurbished by Friends of Castle Green CIC to provide a sustainable asset for the community.

The asset transfer will allow the community group to apply for grant funding to improve the building and surrounding area, making more use of the park for today's community and improving and protecting it for future generations. The group has an excellent record of success in grant applications and is currently undertaking a total refurbishment of the Pavilion on Castle Green with Stronger Towns funding of ยฃ1.56million*.

Paddy Nugent, Friends of Castle Green Chair, says, โ€œWe are excited to become custodians of the former Bowling Club on Castle Green. With the Pavilion and Club House stewarded by FoCG, all of Castle Green will be sympathetically connected, forming an inclusive campus of facilities for the community.

FoCG recognises that great public spaces strengthen communities so we look forward to consulting with the local community to provide a building that is fit for a number of purposes.

We are delighted that the Council has recognised the dedication of the local community and trusted us with the future of this building, the Pavilion and the surrounding area. We are now even further committed to realising some of the aspirations of the residents of Herefordshire for this beautiful park in the heart of the City.โ€

Councillor Bramer, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Assets says:

"Weโ€™re delighted to support the community asset transfer of the former bowling club on Castle Green to Friends of Castle Green. Community Asset Transfers allow local communities to manage facilities for the benefit of local people. The improvements planned by Friends of Castle Green promise to breathe new life into a building that has been unoccupied for some time, bringing it back into use for the benefit of the wider Hereford community."

Chair of FoCG Paddy Nugent receiving the keys to the Castle Green Bowling Club from Joe Long of Herefordshire Council Estates team.

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