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Bowling green - Image: Morguefile
Bowling green - Image: Morguefile

During an Amenity Forum debate, Knaphill Bowls Club voluntary greenkeeper John Kenton complained that his club would need to find £500 to send him on a course after the rules are changed in November next year, despite doing the job for 23 years.

"I'll be 80 and they want me to pay 500 quid to be trained," he told the meeting. "There are many bowls clubs that do it themselves. They are going to disappear."

Kenton, a club member who took on the job when the green was transferred from council control, said he wants to continue because it keeps him fit. "The members aren't interested - they're not going to spend £500 for me and a year later I'll die," he said after the meeting.

However, Amenity Forum chair John Moverley said while Kenton may have kept his skills up to date there are others who have not.

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