Wearside golf club will survive council cuts

Pictured at the handover of Roseberry Grange Golf club's keys from Durham County to the club are, from left; Bernard Lee, Raymond McDermott and Clive Potter (Chairman) with Durham County Council Chairman Dennis Morgan.

Pictured at the handover of Roseberry Grange Golf club's keys from Durham County to the club are, from left; Bernard Lee, Raymond McDermott and Clive Potter (Chairman) with Durham County Council Chairman Dennis Morgan.

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THE future of the fairways is looking brighter for a golf club after its members took over its management.

Members have joined forces to run Roseberry Grange Golf Club, near Chester-le-Street, after it was threatened by council cuts.

Durham County Council, which owns the course, was considering closing it to save cash after Government cuts, but looked to the community to assure it would have a future.

The club’s former committee and the council worked together as they came up with agreed terms, which will now see the facility back in the swing and driving forward once more.

Coun Bob Young, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “I am so pleased this day has arrived and would like to thank both the former Roseberry committee and the council officers involved for their determination and hard work.

“Many residents will be aware that the council has to make savings of more than £123million over the next four years due to large reductions in Government grant.

“Difficult times mean difficult decisions, but this is a happy ending that I hope will see many more golfers in the swing for years to come.”

Clive Rutter, a member of the club said: “We were delighted with the decision by Durham County Council to transfer ownership to ‘The Club’ which enables us to continue in the provision of golfing facilities here at Roseberry Grange.

“It is the culmination of a long period of hard work by the three-man team from the committee along with the volunteered services of a chartered accountant and the council’s sports and leisure officials.

“We look forward with anticipation to providing the opportunity for the enjoyment of a round of golf at a very realistic fee.”

Schools were involved with what is now called Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club, to help design a new logo.

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