Councillors in the St Mary’s ward of Andover awarded a Councillor Community Grant worth more than £860 to the town’s bowling club to enable it to purchase new equipment and host an interactive open day.
Andover Bowling Club used the £862 grant awarded by local ward members, Councillor Iris Andersen, Councillor John Cockaday and Councillor David Denny, to buy new bowls and jacks that members of the public enjoyed testing at the open day back in April.
The grant also funded a ramp to improve access for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility. The well-attended event saw lots of people try their hand at bowling, learn more about the club and speak to the coaching staff . By the end of the day, 10 new members had joined the club with many others expressing an interest.
St Mary’s ward member, Councillor Iris Andersen, said: “We were delighted to present the club with the Councillor Community Grant to purchase new equipment. The open day was a great success and the additional equipment which was funded by the grant meant that more people could try the sport. The coaches were busy and the event achieved its goal to recruit new members. I’m really pleased to hear that another 10 people have joined the club since expressing their interest at the open day, which is fantastic news.”
The Test Valley Borough Council Councillor Community Grant Scheme aims to encourage community-led initiatives which are supported by local councillors who play an active part in helping their communities deliver their ambitions. For more information about the grants available to local groups and businesses, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk.