Tewkesbury Bowling Club has completed work to repair the failing roof of its club house thanks to a £45,000 grant from Enovert Community Trust. The Bowling Club is the second oldest in Gloucestershire having been first established in 1828.
The funding has enabled the club to install a new insulated roof cladding that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heating costs over the next 30 years. The roof was installed by Cheltenham-based Artizan Roofing who completed the project within a month, ensuring the clubhouse was warm and watertight in time for the recent cold winter weather.
John Glass, Secretary at Tewkesbury Bowling Club, said: “The repairs to the roof will give the club confidence to reach out and attract new members, as well as continue the expansion of its activities to serve the local community. There is hope that the club house will now act as a base to allow us to create links with local youth clubs and schools and diversify the age range of our members.
“We are grateful to Enovert Community Trust for its grant, as our other fundraising efforts were hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant has allowed the project to become a reality and ensured the club’s continuing presence in the community for decades to come. We have been impressed with the speed at which the Trust processed our application, which will ensure we are ready to open and serve the community as soon as the government’s Covid-19 restrictions allow.”
As well as providing a space for the club’s social events and tournament presentations, the clubhouse is also used as a space for yoga groups, skittle teams and meetings of community associations.
Enovert Community Trust provided its grant through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), an innovative tax credit scheme that enables Landfill Operators to contribute money to a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "Tewkesbury Bowling Club has been at the centre of the community for nearly two centuries, offering essential recreational and social events. The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant to fund the roof replacement and ensure the club’s future and its aims to attract new members.”