Local club bowled over by £50,000 grant

April 28 2017

A local bowling club has received a generous grant to fund much needed building refurbishment improvements.

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A local bowling club has received a generous grant to fund much needed building refurbishment improvements. 

Work on a six month project to improve Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club will begin this October, thanks to a £50,000 grant by the Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB). 

Glen Wintle, who will be project managing and is also on the Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club committee, said: “The club committee and all of our members are ever so grateful to CETB for accepting our grant application. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the process so far, from the early application stage, to the club user groups, local neighbours and councillors who have provided letters of support.  

“We will be publishing regular updates throughout the project on our website and social media pages.”

The historic clubhouse was opened in 1924 with an extension added to the building in the 1960s and a skittle alley installed in 1985. The club has been in desperate need of refurbishment in order to modernise and improve the appearance of the building, as well as to address health and safety concerns. 

The club currently has more than 50 members and can host private functions in the upstairs function room. 

Following a consultation with user groups from the local community and the club’s members, the club approached CETB to assist with necessary upgrades to create a better environment. The works have a particular focus on improving accessibility to the site, to ensure it is usable for all, including those with limited mobility. 

As well as accessibility provisions, the grant will help to improve the club’s ventilation and energy efficiency through installation of new doors and windows. Redecoration will also take place to revitalise the kitchen and toilets, and to improve the veranda and balcony. Additionally, the funding will be used to fix the leaking roof. 

Angela Haymonds, CETB Trust Secretary, said: “The CETB Trustees are delighted to have been able to offer funding for this extensive range of improvement works, which will help to create a much safer environment for members of the local community and the members of the bowling club. We hope the refurbishment works will create a fantastic social space for users, and can’t wait to see the finished results!”

CETB funding is available for a wide range of projects that bring benefit 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. 

For more information, or to see if your project would qualify for funding, visit www.cetb.org.uk  

For updates on the Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club refurbishment, visit www.facebook.com/bristolstandrewss