Bowling club unveils results of £50,000 facelift

April 29 2018

The results of a project to refurbish Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club have been unveiled, just in time for the start of the new lawn bowls season.

Funded by a £50,000 grant from Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain), the refurbishment project has greatly improved the dilapidated state of the building and its interior.

The improvements have included replacement of the club's main roof, with removal of asbestos sheeting, as well as new energy efficiency measures, including the installation of new doors, windows and solar panels.  

The comprehensive works have revitalised both flat roof stairwells, significantly improved the balcony, and seen the installation of much needed electrical and security upgrades. Ground at the far end of the club has also been levelled.

Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club has more than 50 members. The historic clubhouse was first opened in 1924 and boasts a large function room with licensed bar and fully fitted kitchen on the first floor, plus a skittle alley with its own bar on the ground floor.

Glen Wintle, project manager and club member, said: "These improvements were essential to safeguard the club's long-term future and we are indebted to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant. 

"We are thrilled with the results of the refurbishment project, which has transformed Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club and provided all members with first-rate facilities."

The club is planning to hold a grand  official re-opening celebration match on 1 June, when a number of former players and honorary guests will be in attendance.

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary at Enovert Community Trust, said: "The Trustees were delighted to fund the much-needed refurbishment and improvement works at the club, which have helped to create a much safer and more attractive environment for members of Bristol St Andrews' Bowling Club and all those who use the facilities."

Funding is available from Enovert Community Trust for a wide range of projects that bring benefits to local communities. This may include refurbishment of churches or buildings of architectural or historical significance, or general amenity projects, such as improving disabled access or improvements to parks and nature reserves.

Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club is located five miles from Enovert's Shortwood Quarry Landfill Site.

For more information on Enovert Community Trust, contact Angela Haymonds on 01753 582513 or ahaymonds@enovertct.org