Whitburn club bowled over by support

GREEN SHOOTS: From left, back, member Frank Smith, Couns Peter Boyack and Sylvia Spraggon, and member Ernie Nailor. Front, member Norman Shield and Coun Tracey Dixon.
GREEN SHOOTS: From left, back, member Frank Smith, Couns Peter Boyack and Sylvia Spraggon, and member Ernie Nailor. Front, member Norman Shield and Coun Tracey Dixon.
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A VILLAGE bowling club is delighted with the support they’ve received from local councillors.

Whitburn Bowling Club received a grant of £1,836 from the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum (caf) to go towards renovating the green.

The club, based in Cornthwaite Park, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is a meeting place for people of all ages in the community.

As well as re-laying the green, the funds from the caf will cover half of the cost of the final piece of work – a new sign and putting boards and new turf around the perimeter.

The work also means club members can now use two greens instead of one.

Derek Wilson, treasurer and secretary of the club, said: “We’re pleased with the work that’s going on and must thank the councillors for agreeing the funding.

“It will make a big difference to us.

“Having two greens in working order will hopefully attract more people to our tournaments.”

Vice-chairman of the caf, Whitburn and Marsden councillor Sylvia Spraggon, said: “We are always happy to help out with groups and activities in the village, when we can.

“The grant is going towards a club that the whole community can enjoy.”

The funding was also backed by fellow ward councillors Peter Boyack and Tracey Dixon.

Coun Dixon said: “We are all delighted that the work is being carried out.

“The club has lots of visitors from the village, and we’re pleased for them that their facilities will be improved. It is a popular place, and now there will be two greens available, hopefully people will be able to enjoy it even more.”

Coun Boyack said: “The bowling club has long been a popular place in the community. It is projects like this that the forum grants were set up for, and we’re pleased to be able to support the club.”

It is expected the work at the club will be fully completed by the end of the year.

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