Club is bowled over by £106,000 pavilion boost

Members of the Strawberry Gardens Bowling Club are celebrating a cash windfall for a new clubhouse pavilion.
Members of the Strawberry Gardens Bowling Club are celebrating a cash windfall for a new clubhouse pavilion.
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A Fleetwood bowling club is celebrating after netting a £75,000 grant to rebuild its dilapidated clubhouse pavilion.

The Strawberry Gardens Bowls Club, situated behind the Poulton Road pub of the same name, received the cash after a successful bid to Sport England.

And with other funds provided by several local sponsors, the total spend on the project will be £106,000.

The ambitious scheme will see the creation of a brand new pavilion, which will be sited on the east side of the bowling green, where there are currently a number of allotments.

It will include an entrance lobby, changing rooms, ladies and gents toilets, a club room, kitchen, office, storeroom and workshop with greenkeeping equipment.

Work is set to begin early next year, and will be completed by March 2016.

Dave Walters, honorary secretary of the club, said: “I was gobsmacked when I got confirmation of the money from Sport England.

“I think I was speechless for quite a long time!

“It’s great news for this club, and for the other bowling clubs who will be able to make use of the facility.

“I have to say that we have received incredible support from local businesses, who have sponsored us for the rest of the money, and we’d like to thank them.”

The original pavilion dates from the mid-19th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Fleetwood. It is believed to be a former stable, but is now no longer fit for purpose.

Cash support came from James Jackson’s Central Garage, JP Dell Funeral Directors, Mike Sanderson Electrical, Phil Cossey Plasterer and Marina Quay Fisheries.