Express & Star Bowling Club

Wolverhampton

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A local crown green bowling club supporting local men and women to participate in gentle outdoor sport

Group introduction

We are a small crown green bowling club on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. Our membership is largely retired men and women. We participate in several local leagues and presently have six active teams. All members who wish to play competitively are eligible for team membership. We have no separate women's section, all members compete on an equal basis. Our only source of income is from membership fees of £35 pa and fund raising days from which all our expenditure is paid. All administration, gardening, etc is carried out by volunteer members but green maintenance is done professionally to maintain the high standards expected by our governing bodies. The Club is recovering from a fire earlier this year which destroyed two of our three wooden buildings. Please see the images attached. Insurance will cover the cost of replacements but members will spend the autumn and winter refitting the interior of the new structures ready for next season.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

We are seeking funding towards the cost of installing our own toilet facilities. There were no toilets in the buildings destroyed by fire and historically we have shared facilities with an adjacent health club. The situation is not ideal especially when we have weekend or evening events when the health club is closed and we have no toilet facilities for members or guests. We are always looking to recruit new members and having our own toilets is vital if we are to accommodate more people. At a time when other local bowling clubs report falling membership we have been pleased to see an increase in membership in the last 2 or 3 years including men and women from other clubs and we believe that this reflects our reputation as a friendly and welcoming club The situation is not ideal especially when we have weekend or evening events when the health club is closed and we have no toilet facilities for members or guests. We are always looking to recruit new members and having our own toilets is vital if we are to accommodate more people. At a time when other local bowling clubs report falling membership we have been pleased to see an increase in membership in the last 2 or 3 years including men and women from other clubs and we believe that this reflects our reputation as a friendly and welcoming club

"John Pearce, Secretary and Club Captain - (John is shown on Image 2 coaching two new lady members)
'Our Club provides a valuable sports facility for local, mostly retired men and women. If we are to continue our good work in attracting more active members we shall need to provide good toilet facilities for everyone'"