A bowling club has reached a ‘mini’ milestone in a fundraising campaign to improve facilities.
Collingwood Bowling Club, in North Shields, has raised half – £13,708 – of its Bowling Green Revival target of £29,500.
After taking over the disused bowling green in Heaton Park, Balkwell, from North Tyneside Council last year, the club needed to raise funds to help bring the green back into a playable state.
Committee member Alan Hall said: “When we inherited the green we could tell there was an awful lot of work involved to bring it back to its former glory.
“The club’s members were all up for the challenge and we’ve thrown ourselves into making the green a valuable asset once more for the local community.”
The group have been supported by VODA, with funding adviser Frank Gillender producing a funding strategy which has helped secure £3,000 from the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation’s Readman Family Trust; £9,458 from Big Lottery’s Awards For All scheme; £500 from the RW Mann Trust; £750 from the Sir James Knott Trust; and are awaiting the outcome of a bid for £15,748 to SITA Trust.
Alan said: “We’ve already had a steady increase in membership as people witness the progress we’ve made.
“Some of our members are widowed or live by themselves and really value our club as a regular source of friendship and support.
“We’d encourage anyone who wants to give it a try, or fancies a casual game even if you’re a complete beginner, to come along to our Saturday morning sessions.
“We’re already getting a number of grandparents and parents bringing their children along to give them a taste now the summer holidays are here.”
VODA’s funding adviser Frank Gillender said: “It’s been a pleasure providing support to such a hard-working group; they’ve gone away and done exactly what was asked of them in terms of providing the information needed by the funders.
“When a committee has that kind of can-do attitude it makes it so much easier to achieve the funding success we’ve been a part of here.”
For more information about Collingwood Bowling Club contact Alan Hall on (0191) 257 1523 or Michael Wilson (0191) 252 2903.