HOLSWORTHY bowlers are celebrating after their club was granted permission to serve alcohol from an in-house bar.
The club, situated in Stanhope Park, has been in existence since 1968, and is part of the Devon Bowls League.
Chairman Graham Norman said it was felt the club was at a disadvantage because it didn't have a bar.
Now the sports club has been granted a club premises certificate by Torridge District Council's licensing sub-committee.
There was just one letter of objection from Gillian Down who lives in The Vineyards which is within 100 metres of the club.
She said she was concerned about noise, parking problems and "people of a less desirable nature" wandering around the area .
However, Mrs Down did not attend the licensing meeting.
During the meeting, Torridge's licensing manager, Tony Nicholls, said the committee needed to ask themselves if granting the licence would increase noise.
But he pointed out no live or recorded music would be played in the club and "noise nuisance wasconsidered to be minimal". And he said the risk of crime was considered low.
He advised the committee to disregard the reference to parking issues because it was not a licensing matter.
The club also approached Holsworthy Town Council to ask for their approval.
Mr Norman said: "I didn't want to tread on anyone's toes at the town council. I have a letter saying they don't have any objections.
"The area where we propose to have the bar will be locked down. Unless you have a key, you can't get into the bar facilities."
The application was granted with one amendment. Suitable notices must be placed outside the clubhouse to remind members "to leave in a quiet and orderly fashion".
After the meeting Mr Norman said: "I'm pleased with the outcome. We hope more people will apply for membership."
When the bar is up and running drinks are available from 10am-9.30pm all week.
The club itself will be open from 8am-11.30pm.
The majority of members are in their 60s.