Bumper grant saves long-standing bowls club from closure

SAVED -- Roses Bowls Club, which was founded in 1930.
SAVED -- Roses Bowls Club, which was founded in 1930.

A long-standing bowls club based in Gainsborough has secured its future with a bumper grant to help pay for vital improvements at its headquarters on North Warren Road Playing Fields.

Roses, which was founded in 1930, applied to the WREN organisation, a not-for-profit business that hands out cash to community projects near landfill sites.

And it has been awarded £17,620, which will go towards finishing work on the club’s pavilion, installing lights in the changing rooms and refurbishing greens and borders that were in danger of collapse.

Roses’ official Roy Greenan said: “This is a fantastic boost for the club. Without it, we might have had to close.”

The club, which was originally part of the Roses Sports and Social Club, has seen many changes and developments at North Warren Road over the last 85 years.

Through their own funds, members built a new pavilion, but costs rose and the work could not be completed. The club was further exasperated by the theft of paving slabs that it had bought to make areas of the ground safe.

Roses applied to WREN with help from Gainsborough Town Council, which now intends to run a workshop in the autumn to promote the grants that are on offer and to give advice on how to complete the application form. Sports development officer Dave Carter said: “We are disappointed that more clubs have not taken advantage of the grants.”