Park benches provide another boost to volunteers’ efforts

The new benches and repaired path at Coulsdon Memorial Ground

The new benches and repaired path at Coulsdon Memorial Ground

Two months into the summer season of lawn bowls and a re-opened putting green, and the Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green are looking for more help, this time to offer out-of-school-hours lessons for youngsters.

Buoyed by the success of the season so far, and the demand to use the public bowls green, the Friends are keen to introduce as many youngsters from Coulsdon and further afield to a gentle game which tends to have, shall we say, a reputation for appealing to the older population.

But with lawn bowls being one of the sports to be contested at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in little more than a month, the Friends are confident that the opportunity to try the game will continue to attract many younger players to Coulsdon Memorial Ground.

And at least there will be plenty of places for spectators to take a seat and watch the action. The Friends received a £1,000 grant at the end of March towards the cost of a new park bench overlooking the bowls green.

Imagine their delight, therefore, when the Friends discovered two replacement benches had arrived and were installed, and a third bench was repaired and replaced by Croydon Council. Only the most arch of cynics would point out that this act of enlightened kindliness occurred on May 22, local election day, in a firmly Conservative ward…

The benches were installed just in time to provide much use over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The delightful scene, with new benches, in Coulsdon Memorial Ground

The delightful scene, with new benches, in Coulsdon Memorial Ground

“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,” a statement from the Friends said.

“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.”

The Friends of Marlpit Lane 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 get involved, visit

“More volunteers are always welcome,” they say.

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2 Responses to Park benches provide another boost to volunteers’ efforts

  1. What a shame that the ex leader of the Council never delivered anything to Shirley.
    Now that he has more time on his hands, will he appear for surgeries?
    I doubt it.
    Pre 2006 he would always complain he could do nothing with Labour in power.

  2. We are just glad to have useable seating at last, even second-hand. When we took over in 2012, after the green was cut by the council, there were only three benches left of the original seven and those were badly damaged. As we still have two damaged benches to repair and two missing to replace, we’ll take any help or (benches) available.

    But we would like to thank the MPGA, and the volunteer who took time to find the MPGA, apply for a grant, and secure it, without which this improvement would not have happened.

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