Hilly Fields bowls club vandalised

No local sports club works harder in the service of the community than the Francis Drake Bowls Club in Hilly Fields. In terms of local engagement and access, they are exemplary. So it is especially galling that they have been targeted again by vandals. The News Shopper reports:

Overnight on May 21, vandals climbed over a fence at the Francis Drake club in Hilly Fields, smashing flowerpots and statues, breaking chairs and destroying the bowling green.

This is the fourth time the club's been hit and the most damaging attack of the lot. Some people are just dicks. That is all.

19 comments:

Martin said...

Why?! And they probably are locals.

maisie_moo said...

Terrible. Do they have CCTV? Sounds like they need it, if it's a recurring problem.

Chris Wheal said...

The police were there the next night too as it was done again, two nights in a row. I have to say I have phoned the police before when kids were in there and the police said there was nothing they could do until the act of vandalism had already happened. Seriously.

The police were quick enough to send someone when I said I was going to go and break the little ***s' legs. While I was getting a warning on the phone, a police car turned up. The sound of the siren coming scared the lads off.

Given that most coppers could only run 100 yards if that's where McDonalds was, there was no police chase.

Gill said...

The same night one of the new(ish) trees along by Montague Avenue was snapped in half. Who are these morons?

headhunter said...

The usual... Local disaffected youth that feels society owes them everything on a plate

Hugh said...

I bet you're all thinking it was done by low-income residents.

Tim said...

Hadn't even thought about it until you mentioned it buddy.

Max Calò said...

I actually thought of a rival Bowls Club high on statins and viagra.

terrencetrentderby said...

Bring back borstal

terrencetrentderby said...

It was little Jimmy Cartright from the flats

letsbeavinyou said...

It happens at the same time each year.

These are the kids who don't have exams to revise for and are idle and looking for mischief during the long summer nights. There is usually a spate of burglaries, vandalism and muggings.

However, looking on the bright side, the figures are down year by year. I suspect many are content to stay indoors playing shoot-em-up video games and taunting each other on social media.

Games strength broadband connections could be the answer. Either that or we could change traditional pattern the school year. Or maybe spread some of that exam stress around to the 'also rans' in the great education race.

Of course a team of match fit bobbies chasing teenage mischief makers sounds much more fun, a bit like a Norman Wisdom film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKaHH-TSehQ&feature=kp



Those were the days!

Bert Ferk said...

I'm thinking it was done by cunts. Maybe you were involved?

tressilly said...

I heard it was a ukip/labour sending a message to the brockley green party voters

BrockleyRog said...

Is there anything we can do to help clear up and/or prevent it happening again?

hilly said...

I was going to get in touch with the police to see if they could support a neighbourhood watch scheme for dog walkers. They are out and about after lots of park users have gone home, so might be best placed to spot such misdemeanours. In the meantime, anyone walking their dogs in park could always take in the path by the bowling green and ring the police should they see anyone in the bowling green likely to be upto no good.

John Christmas said...

Angry bored teenagers drinking strong lager and smoking spliffs probably trashed it. In 40 years time they will be using the same bowls green for what it was built for and be bemoaning the bored teenagers drinking strong lager and smoking spliffs who've trashed it.

Headhunter said...

I doubt the sort of kids (if it was kids) who carry out this sort of act are the sort of kids who actually revise for exams! There more likely to be the sort who cause havoc in schools, when they're actually there...

James Masini said...

Thanks for all the support. Needless to say, we'll bowl on regardless!

Everyone at the club is understandably upset by all this and a number of are more vulnerable members seem quite scared.

The Council are dithering as to what security measures they're going to introduce and in the interim, the club continues to get vandalised. What's heartbreaking is that most of the work at the club (paiting, flowerbeds, buildign a summerhouse etc) was done by members in their own time. Much of this good work has now been undone.

If you can offer any help, please do get in touch with Captain Ron Phillips (aka the other Captain Philips) via the website http://www.francisdrakebowlsclub.org/

As I'm sure some of you are aware, facilities like the bowls clubs are under threat throughout the country so the more expensive they become to maintain, the more likely the Council are to close it down.
If you've never been inside the club, pop down one sunday morning at 10:30 and have a go, everyone is welcome. I did just that 3 years ago and never looked back.

Martin said...

I agree, I don't think the exams (or the lack of them) is to blame here.

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