Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

Berkhamsted Bowls Club is seeking funding to replace the existing automated irrigation system, which has developed a major leak and cannot be repaired. This irrigation system is crucial to the continued health of the bowling green at the club. Without it, the green will suffer, especially at times of excess heat or drought, as happened this last summer. Without the green, the club would fold and cease to exist. The irrigation system is also needed for the re-germination of seed each spring, in time for the bowls season, which starts in mid April. So there is no doubt as to the essential nature of this need, for the continued well-being of the club.

Berkhamsted Bowls Club plays an important role in the health and welfare of the local community. It has a playing membership of 120+. Each year the club recruits new members, aged from the age of 10 years upward. It has the largest junior bowls membership of any club in Hertfordshire. At the other end of the spectrum, it provides hours of recreation, exercise and competition for older bowlers. It also provides facility for the general public to play, for a small fee.

The playing season runs from late April to late September. The Green and Clubhouse are generally open
to members every day from late morning. Bowling can take place until dark. We encourage all ages, abilities and sexes to come and play, try our equipment, meet our friendly members and enjoy a new experience.
Any member of the public is welcome to come in and have a go at various times throughout the season and sample our hospitable and generous facilities: whether a friendly game and an enjoyable drink or playing good competitive bowls through to national standard.

There are informal “roll-up” sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 and 4, and a “Club Evening” every Friday night, which is often a mixture of bowling on the green and social activities on the terrace or in the clubhouse.

The Club plays competitive matches, generally in District, County or National competitions and mixed team friendly matches against other clubs. Individual members are encouraged to enter our internal competitions, and if they wish, can enter external competitions.

The club is a great asset to the community, and has grown in stature over time, including winning the Bowls England National Club of the Year in 2015. It has contributed to the community by installing a public defibrillator outside the club grounds, on public space. It has good facilities for the disabled. Amongst its members is the current World Ladies Blind Bowls Champion, Sarah Marshall. Not only does it offer wonderful opportunities for health and well-being in the summer months, it runs various activities in the winter months, including bridge, whist, bingo, dominoes and a variety of fun evenings.

We therefore encourage people to vote for this project, to allow Berkhamsted Bowls Club to continue to play its significant role in the life of the Berkhamsted community.

Berkhamsted Bowls Club

Berkhamsted Bowls Club is proud to say that it has independently funded its own growth since having been granted a leasehold by the local community 33 years ago. A sudden, urgent and unexpected need has arisen to replace the irrigation system, for which funds have not been budgeted. Help!

Location: Berkhamsted