A BARRHEAD bowling club which suffered a blow when its clubhouse was destroyed in a freak accident is ready to bounce back in time for the new season.

Members of Arthurlie Bowling Club were left facing an uncertain future after a tree crashed into their base in January.

And, with just days to go before the start of the new season, the club was hit by another blow after it was told planned temporary facilities won’t be ready in time.

However, members will aim to put those setbacks behind them on Saturday as they get the 2018 campaign under way.

Keith White, chairman of the management board of Arthurlie Bowling Club, said: “I doubt very much that it will be this side of the new year before we get a permanent building and I think we are going to have a difficult summer but, after that, I am very positive.

“I think the club will come out the other end stronger.”

Luckily, no-one was inside the clubhouse when the tree came crashing down.

Powerful winds that were battering Barrhead at the time were blamed for the incident.

Members will use Arthurlie House as their base for Saturday’s event, which starts at 2pm and will include the traditional throwing of the first jack.