Packhorse Bowling Club celebrates success - East Cheshire Hospice

Packhorse Bowling Club celebrates success

Raise a toast to Barry and Lucy Street, stalwarts of the Packhorse Bowling and Social Club in Macclesfield.

The father and daughter have been the inspiration behind a major fundraising drive which has seen £37,446 raised for East Cheshire Hospice over the last two decades.

Barry retired as steward two years ago after almost 12 years in the job, but still drinks there regularly.

His association with the Packhorse goes back much longer than that.

From left, Dean Holmes, Barry and Lucy Street and Hospice corporate fundraiser Lisa Ball at the Packhorse Bowling and Social Club.

He used to play for the club’s football team and is still an active bowler, as well as calling the bingo on the last Sunday of every month.

Lucy has been collecting glasses since she was a toddler and still works behind the bar and helps in the kitchen.

Dean Holmes took over as manager when Barry stepped down and is now continuing the club’s traditions – and its long-standing support for the Hospice.

Dean said: “The club is in their blood. Barry and Lucy have been fantastic servants of the Packhorse.

“The fact so much has been raised for the Hospice is down to their dedication and the support of users of the club.

“I’m very much the newcomer, having only taken over in December 2020.  I was a member before and decided to try running the club.

“It’s a gem in Bollinbrook and really well supported. You don’t need to be a member to come in for a drink.

“We’ve a great reputation for functions, which always do well. The club is ideal for anyone looking for a venue for an event.”

Dean ran Silk Events, a mobile DJ set-up, until Covid struck.

The Packhorse donate to the Hospice from football cards sold at the bar, which is open from 6 pm weekdays and noon at weekends.

The club hosts live acts on the final Saturday each month and is a popular haunt for pub games like darts, pool and snooker.

Dean said: “I’ve always wanted to run a venue like this. I know a lot of people round here, so it’s perfect for me. We have race and quiz nights as well and I still get chance to do some DJ work every now and then.

“We’re hoping to organise more events for the Hospice. We’ll always make time for such a wonderful charity.”

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