They thought it was all over – but it isn’t.
More than five years of bitter recriminations, including a police investigation, legal fees running well into six figures and an attempted ‘palace revolution’ by bowling green members, a row over the proposed sale of a Brighouse bowling club is still continuing.
And now there is a new twist on the eve of a planned annual meeting.
The problems started in 2008 when the committee of the cash-strapped Blakeborough Social & Sports Club in Bradford Road, announced they were going to sell a separate bowling club, Albion, in Halifax Road to pay off large bills.
The bowlers were infuriated and wanted to buy the club themselves but no agreement was possible and it wasn’t long before the lawyers and police officers were busy scrutinising the accounts and the committee’s behaviour.
The case rumbled for years through a number of courts before reaching its climax in the Appeal Court last month when Andy Speechley, who had been spearheading the bowlers’ campaign, was ordered to pay 90% of the heavy legal costs.
It appeared his fight was well and truly over but now Mr Speechley, in an email to Blakeborough’s solicitors, has challenged the notices convening the meeting.
The email said: “I do not know if you are aware that your clients, the acting committee of Blakeborough Club, have announced that the AGM is to take place this Sunday, the 27th April. Proper notice and compliance with the rule book has not been observed and requests for access to the club books and accounts by myself and other members have been ignored”.
He said he and others are preparing legal action to challenge the validity of the forthcoming AGM and the validity of the March 2013 AGM as well.
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