Work begins on revamp for St Andrew's Bowling Club

October 27 2017

St Andrew’s Bowling Club held an all day Open Fours Tournament on October 1, attracting a large crowd of enthusiastic bowlers from Bristol and across the south west.

St Andrew’s Bowling Club held an all day Open Fours Tournament on October 1, attracting a large crowd of enthusiastic bowlers from Bristol and across the south west.  Teams from nearby including Redland and St Andrews took part along with those who’d travelled from Cheltenham, Dorset and Wales.

Club chairman John Pearce said: “We’ve invented a tournament that people enjoy taking part in and play it in the Autumn. The format we play is different. It’s all about 10 ends of bowls. There are 24 fours  - which amounts to 96 players.”

 Extensive plans to bring the clubhouse building up to scratch began the very next day when the scaffolding went up. A generous £50,000 refurbishment grant from the Cory Environmental Trust is helping to fund improvements to the old windows, doors and repair the leaking roof, as well as fit a new balcony and flooring. All the work is being carried out by local builders Mogford Prescott.

Glen Wintle, club member tasked with project managing the refurbishment said: “The building is very old and a lot of heat escapes. The work is needed because it can be freezing cold in this room - it has been 4° in winter and as hot as 29° in summer. 

 “The old windows leak energy and will be replaced with new windows and doors which are energy saving. 

 “There are holes in the roof - it leaks when it rains. The whole roof is coming off and is to be replaced.

 “We want it to be a better meeting space as it is used by community groups for meetings as well as the Bowling Club. We’ve had a lot of support locally and hopefully by December, all of it should be done.“

The club have raised £5,000 for the project themselves by getting local neighbours involved with a combination of skittle evenings, quiz nights and race nights. They are also keen to be able to utilise the unused space between the Bowls Club and the Tennis Club. 

Members would like to improve access to the building and have applied for a grant to install a stairlift, estimated at £5,000. They are also waiting to hear about a grant to site solar panels on the club roof.

Membership to this historic club is open to the general public, and new players of all standards are always welcome. Taster sessions are offered from April each year. Further details can be found on the clubs website www.bristolstandrewsbowlingclub.co.uk