Bowled over by funding donations from Trust

Stewart Law, Bowhill Bowling Club president and treasurer Jim Chalmers at the recent Open Day.
Stewart Law, Bowhill Bowling Club president and treasurer Jim Chalmers at the recent Open Day.
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A RANGE of Cardenden projects will share a £30,000 funding package from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Scouts, the church, and community groups will all get cash backing.

It comes from a trust set up to help mining communities recover from the devastating effects of pit closures.

Beneficiaries include Cardenden Scout Group which got £7500 towards a community minibus and St Fothads Parish Church, which got a similar amount to fit acoustic panels in the hall.

Pathways

The local History Group landed two awards - £3000 for a book and £2000 for a directory of local pathways.

The Activity Club for People with Disabilities got almost £3000 for equipment and craft sessions and the bowling club £5000 to refurbish its clubhouse.

Milestone

The cash injection comes as the club marks a milestone - its centenary.

Jim Chalmers, treasurer, said: “The funding has proved a godsend to us.

“We want to show our club in the best possible light to our expected visitors over the coming year.

“We requested the grant mainly to allow us to upgrade our central heating and hot water system and redecorate our hall.

“But we also replaced the worn vinyl fabric on our fixed seating in the lounge and renew the carpet - and fit new cushioned floor vinyl to the ladies toilets.”

The funding also delighted Cardenden Events Committee which received £1500 to site two public notice boards in Station Road, in front of the community garden.

Vi Penman, secretary of the events committee, said: “There is a real need for a single information point where all local organisations can post news of their activities.’’