Go-it-alone Buxton raise amazing £12k

Opening Buxton Bowling Club's improved pavilion, county council chairman Robin Baldry got some coaching from Pauline Taylor

Opening Buxton Bowling Club's improved pavilion, county council chairman Robin Baldry got some coaching from Pauline Taylor

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In a wonderful example of self-help, members of Buxton Park Bowling Club have completely re-furbished their clubhouse using entirely their own funds!

Back in 2008 serious consideration was given by the Bowling Committee to the deteriorating condition of the clubhouse and what could be done in respect of renovation.

Opening Buxton Bowling Club's improved pavilion, Nick Townsend and Ken Parker of the Lions Club present chairman Dee Ayers with a contribution to the works.

Opening Buxton Bowling Club's improved pavilion, Nick Townsend and Ken Parker of the Lions Club present chairman Dee Ayers with a contribution to the works.

In September 2009 an Extraordinary General Meeting was held to fully discuss the matter with all the club members.

Applications for large grants were in the pipeline for a new building but it was agreed by the meeting that if the grants were refused then money would be raised to do renovation work themselves to bring the building up to scratch.

Grants were applied for from the National Lottery, the Derbyshire Aggregates Levy Grants Scheme, and Lafarge Aggregate Limited were made but, perhaps because of the current economic climate, the Club was turned down by all three.

Applying for these grants had involved colossal paper work and these refusals were a real heartbreak for the Club.

Undaunted, the club members continued to raise money themselves and in 18 months had amassed nearly £12,000 from special events which were organised and enjoyed by the club members and very kind donations made by local charities kick-started by a grant from Robin Baldry through his Community Leadership Fund.

Last autumn demolition of the Clubhouse took place which revealed the terrible condition of the building.

This work was hindered by the ferocious early winter weather which set in and members had to work in extremely difficult conditions.

But with the voluntary work of club members and some professional help the clubhouse was totally renovated and decorated and, by the start of the bowling season in April, all the work was completed.

The Club now boasts a splendid re-furbished pavilion with the highlight being a wonderful new kitchen area.

The floodlighting has also been overhauled in connection with the electrical work which was required and all the club’s members can be really proud of the transformation which has taken.