Chapel en le Frith Bowling Club is on the lookout for new members now it has won a grant to renovate and improve its green.
The £10,608 grant, awarded by Tarmac’s Landfill Communities Fund*, has enabled the Club to significantly improve the quality of the green and the facilities. The project comprised four parts: renovation of the canopy which is attached to the club hut and provides cover for spectators and players; the installation of new LED floodlights; improvements to the path surrounding the green; and the purchase of a turf aerator machine to enhance the quality of the fine turf on the bowling green.
Chris Jackson from the Club said: “ Thanks to the generous grant from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund and the hard work of club members, we have been able to make long needed improvements to the club facilities which will benefit bowlers at Chapel for generations to come.
“We are keen to promote the appeal of bowling to the local community. We recently ran a competition with local pubs which brought 40 new bowlers on to the green and resulted in 15 new members.”
Pete Clark, quality manager at Tarmac’s nearby Tunstead Lime Plant added: “I am really pleased I have been able to come along and see how the grant has been used. It has clearly made a big difference to the experience for bowlers and spectators alike and it’s great to hear that new members are coming forward to give bowling a go.”
*The Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (or Landfill Tax Credit Scheme as it was formerly known) enables landfill operators like Tarmac, to donate part of their annual tax liability to enrolled Environmental Bodies for a variety of approved community and environmental projects. Landfill operators can reclaim 90% of their contribution as a tax credit which means the remaining 10% must be provided either by them or an independent third party. Through the fund Tarmac donates around £1 million each year to community projects throughout the UK. The fund is open to applicants who meet the strict criteria for projects delivering community benefit. For more information, please go to www.entrust.org.uk
Picture caption: Left to right: Jim Hearson (chairman, Chapel en le Frith Bowling Club), Chris Jackson (treasurer), Ron Redford (secretary), Pete Clark (quality manager, Tarmac Tunstead) Barry Fletcher (Bowling Club member)