A bowling club which was left struggling after the council withdrew support has found other ways to make money.

The Friary Park Bowling Club was left with a bill of £8,500 pounds for the maintenance of its grounds and building - or face closure.

It was previously supported by Barnet Council, which had to withdraw funding in 2016 in order to make savings.

To help become sustainable the bowling club has made plans to let the public use its clubhouse, bowling green and equipment in a scheme the club calls "pay for play".

However, the club will also allow some clubs to use their facilities for free.

The Friary Park Junior Park Run will use the grounds every Sunday morning and students from the Wren Academy in North Finchley to play bowls.

Club captain Mike Hurren said: “As a club we have a great green in a lovely setting in Friary Park.

"Our new plans aim to make this available to more people.

"To give something back to the community.”