Pewsey Vale Bowling Club officially opens new extension

I was very pleased to be invited to Pewsey BC to join with the members and present a plaque on behalf of BE. The following report was written by Caroline Sprott who has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.

On the 1st of August, exactly a year on from the award of the £55,000 grant from Sport England, Pewsey Vale Bowling Club celebrated, in style, the official opening of the new changing rooms, toilets and disabled facilities. The event for its members, supporters, sponsors and friends was well attended and was the culmination of 2 years of fund raising that enabled the club to move on to main drains, reclaim land from the septic tank then demolish and rebuild larger and more modern changing facilities. Additional funds to complete the project came from an anonymous donor, its own members fund raising efforts, a match funding grant from the Pewsey Area Board, 106 funds via the Parish Council and Redcliffe Homes and an interest free loan from Bowls England. At the event held after the Friday Club afternoon, the Club was pleased to have Sue Ochyra, representing Bowls England, to present to our President Don Andrews the plaques from both Sport England and Bowls England. The members were also pleased that Claire Perry MP, dropped in to show her support of the Club and what it contributes to the local community. The members and guests were also entertained by the Pewsey Belles and Pewsey Men’s Choirs.

Caroline made a short speech as follows…

“We’re here today to acknowledge our sponsors, supporters, the companies and individuals that have helped us achieve our new club house extension.

Let’s start with the financial support and we’d like to thank …

our anonymous donor – without that money we would never have been able to start to apply for other grants and monies

the Pewsey area board for their match funding which enabled us to move on to main drains and reclaim land where the septic tank was      

the parish council for giving us a proportion of the 106 fund from Redcliffe Homes

then Sport England for the £55,000 grant

and Bowls England for the £20,000 interest free loan to keep the project going while monies were still coming in.

Then we’d like to thank Carl Drury of Kennet Designs who rescued us from the original contractor assigned to us by Sport England by stepping in at very short notice – managing to get plans drawn and approved and recommending a builder that could start quickly so we could still start and complete the project in the closed season.

 So, on to BLS, Ben and Sharon, who along with Russ and Mike worked at one hell of a pace to complete the extension in all sorts of weather.

 Finally,a big thank you to all of the members who worked hard to raise money and who worked to finish the extension and redecorate the club house.”