Help US so we can continue to support YOU!

by Bicester Bowls Club in Bicester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st October 2020 we successfully raised £10,305 with 69 supporters in 85 days

At this time we need YOUR help to carry out vital improvements to our club facilities so we can continue to serve the people of Bicester

by Bicester Bowls Club in Bicester, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

To become a community hub by further improving the facilities and opening them to more community groups including youth and disability organisations 


A Little bit of History

Our bowls club has been located in Central Bicester for over 160 years, and at its present location in Garth Park for almost 70 years. During that time, it has provided the local community with sports and leisure facilities and somewhere to hold their group meetings, social events and parties for family and loved ones.

We provide active recreation for a number of older members who, without the bowls club would have little else in way of physical exercise, which we know promotes well being and good mental health by providing social interaction and community support, all vital in today’s society.  


The effect COVID-19 has had on our club

In these uncertain and difficult times, like many other organisations, we have been unable to run our normal matches, events and other club activities. Unfortunately, we were also unable to have our normal open days or allow prospective new bowlers to come and have a try.  

As a result, we have been unable to expand our current membership, play any competitive or social bowls, open the clubhouse for our other users or hold any parties or other events. These are our life blood financially and not only sustain the club but allow us to continue providing a community hub with health and well being benefits, bringing the community together and supporting activities, not only for our membership but for a number of other organisations and local residents. 

Like our Annual Christmas Carol concert.


We are not a business and the club is run totally by volunteers. It is run on a not for profit basis putting any monies made back into the club, improving the facilities for the use of our members and local community. Unfortunately, we are therefore not eligible for any of the Government schemes which are designed to support businesses through this pandemic.    

As a result, we have had to put on hold many important regeneration, maintenance and development projects designed to improve the facilities. Due to the age of our building and its infrastructure these have now become critically important to our continuing to provide the services that we do.

Why we need the Money

So, we need to raise over £10,000 to cover the cost of all the projects we need to complete to achieve our goals, which include: - 

  • Repair damage to a large section of the wall around the green & replace slabs
  • Essential electrical safety work including updating lighting to more environmentally friendly LED’s
  • Repairs and redecoration necessary as a condition of our lease
  • Upgrade work on our very old heating boiler
  • Security upgrades on our external doors including improving disabled access

This may appear to be a large amount of money but we have to carry out extensive work on the clubhouse and green. 

This work is essential and with no income being generated during lock down from memberships and social bar/functions, we are appealing to friends, supporters and the local business community to support us in raising this.

Below just some of the repairs we are currently undertaking on our clubhouse.


Help from Elsewhere

Sport England, with the support of Bowls England, has launched a scheme called ‘Active Together’ to help local sports clubs through the COVID-19 crisis.  If successful with our application, we may receive up to 50% of our £10,010 target from Sport England.  To achieve this, we need to reach our target and obtain 75 supporters so every donation is critical!

Our Ambitions

  • To promote the game of bowls for ALL 
  • To increase our membership across the board
  • To publicise our facilities and provide more community activities
  • To support other groups and organisations by providing a safe and friendly welcome  

In particular we want to increase our female membership and support the ‘Woman Can’ initiative currently being run by the Bowls Development Alliance. We are also keen to increase our junior membership in a sport which is usually seen as one for older more mature people.  


Why not watch this informal video showing some of the basics of bowls.


Promoting Independence and Functional Ability

The Bowls club is a huge benefit to the existing members. A characteristic of health and well-being is the ability to move freely and independently. Because of biological changes that occur during ageing, many older adults lose their functional ability and as such cannot complete day-to-day activities. Exercise such as lawn bowls helps them maintain and improve important daily functional ability such as stability, mobility and above all else, provide confidence in your own physical capabilities.

Being more capable of participating in everyday tasks helps to increase confidence, self-esteem, mental health and social relationships (meeting with friends and so on). Our club offers all of this and we want it to continue to be a place of well being, social care and community congregation. 

Naturally attracting a mature audience, we hope for families to come together, with younger members interacting and helping our membership to thrive in a place where they can build their physical strength, co-ordination, agility and mobility, cognitive brain and nervous system power and promote the longevity of their body’s health, as well as be a part of a team.


Being Inclusive

Whilst bowls is one of the most inclusive sports available played by all ages and backgrounds, we can do more to promote the game and encourage people from all walks of life to come and give it a try.

There are many different reasons why woman decide not to participate in bowls. With the slogan ‘Women Bowl Too – Lets close the gap’ we are putting our full support behind the ‘Woman Can’ campaign from Bowls England by providing female mentors and coaches to encourage female members to come and try the game. Our goal is to increase our proportionate female membership in line with the national target of 41% by the end of next year. 


Also, we are looking to create partnerships with local schools and colleges to provide ‘taster’ sessions for young people. Not all kids can or feel comfortable playing what might be deemed as ‘more energetic’ sports so bowls gives them an opportunity to get active whilst building confidence and self esteem.


Watch this video of the two young county teams playing at the National finals. Bowls is not as sedate a sport as you probably think it is. 

Finally, bowls is one of the few sports where disabled players can compete against more able bowlers. It is therefore our hope to provide specific sessions for disability groups in the area where they can come and bowl alongside our current membership. Some of our monies will go to improving disabled access to the green and clubhouse and provide equipment to assist less able people in participating in the game of bowls.


Watch this video of a young man who suffers from cerebral palsy and how he has found bowls to be beneficial to his wellbeing and development. 

Our Plea

We are appealing to friends, supporters and the local business community to help us in this mammoth task. 

I hope that you or your business/organisation are in a position to assist us with this project and help us support our local community and members by ensuring the availability of our facilities for many more years to come. 

So please support us in raising these much needed funds or providing items or services we can utilise as rewards for others who wish to donate. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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Fill up your drinks cabinet!

3 of the best for you. A 70cl bottle of Original Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. A 75cl bottle of Visconti Della Rocca Prosecco. and a bottle of Bucks Fizz just to finish the set off.

£10 or more

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Nothing like a good haircut to make you feel smart

Kindly donated by Kings Barber Shop, Crown Walk in Bicester a voucher to the value of £15 towards any haircut or other service. Why not get a good old fashioned makeover?

£10 or more

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Katy Perry Killer Queen Gift Set

great boxed set containing 30ml Eau De Parfum a 75ml Royal Shower Gel AND a 75ml Royal Body Lotion. What more does a girl need???

£10 or more

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Relax and Pamper time in the bath!

We have a Baylis & Harding boxed bath time pamper kit. It includes a 25g bag of bath crystals 50ml body lotion 50ml hand cream 100ml shower creme 100ml creme body wash 50ml pot of body polish Exit the bathroom a new person after using all this lot!

£10 or more

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A bath time treat for you

We have a Zoella Beauty Star Bather Indulgent Bath Set. It includes: 250ml bottle of Bubble soak bubble bath 160ml tube of Cosmic Creme Body Lotion 120g packet of Milky Way bath milk powder and a set of luxury exfoliating gloves to use with it all What an excuse to have a long soak after a hard week. Retains at over £20

£15 or more

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Rihanna Reb'l Fleur & Nude Gift Set

Who doesn't like a bit of Rihanna? Containing a 122ml bottle of each of the two fragrances a great gift idea or perhaps just to spoil yourself. An absolute steal at only £15

£35 or more

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£35 Donation

Obviously any donation is great BUT if we can raise 25% of our target from 75 supporters we can apply for match funding from Sports England. So if you can spare this amount, or know someone else who can then this will go a long way to helping us continue to provide leisure, sport and meeting facilities for the people of Bicester. As a THANK YOU we would like to offer you a free bowls 'taster' session with our head coach for you and 3 others.

£60 or more

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First Aid training

Ever wanted to learn what to do in an emergency? We have a 3 hour First Aid session for up to 6 people delivered at our Bowls Club. This works out at less than £10 each. Training like this normally costs much more. All equipment provided and a free booklet with certificate on completion. Ideal for kids, groups, organisations or friends and family. Kindly donated by CARMS Training & Consultancy Services and valid until 1st April 2021

£100 or more

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£100 FUTURE....

Pledge £100 today and we'll reward you with a voucher worth up to £125 to book a private event, such as a birthday, anniversary or other party at the club (subject to our normal terms and conditions of lease). This voucher will be redeemable throughout 2021. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£5 or more

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Money off with Green King

Kindly donated by The Acorn Pub next to Bicester Rugby club and the Village is a £10 gift card to go towards your next purchase with them or at any other Green King, Chef & Brewer, Hungry Horse or Farmhouse Inn. That could make it a very cheap

£10 or more

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Get your five a day!

Kindly donated by one of the fruit & veg stalls in Bicester's Friday market is a £20 voucher against anything they have. So why not make the healthy choice with this one at half price.

£10 or more

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IT'S FRIDAY that must mean Fish & Chips!

We have some £20 vouchers kindly donated by George the owner of Barberry Fish & Chip Take Away on Bure Park. So why not grab one of these and treat yourself to probably the best Fish & Chips in Bicester

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 voucher towards dog or cat grooming services

Want to pamper your pooch or feline friend? We have a voucher towards any dog or cat grooming services kindly donated by Kim from Cleanerpaws in Launton

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 Litre bottle of Haig Whiskey

Start you Christmas drinks collection early with this large bottle of whiskey. Or an ideal present for that certain someone in your life who likes a 'wee dram'.

£15 or more

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Two 70cl Bottles of Gordons Special Dry London Gin

Ideal as early Christmas gifts or just to add to your drinks cabinet. Retailing at over £15 PER BOTTLE so you are getting buy one get one free!

£15 or more

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Something nice from Marks & Spencer's

We have a £30 M&S gift card that can be spent on anything in store. So whether you fancy some nice food items, some clothing or homeware this could be just what you need.

£15 or more

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Who doesn't love Pizza?

Kindly donated by the manager at Prezzo Bicester is a voucher for two main courses at their restaurant. So why not make a night of it and just pay for your starter, deserts and drinks. A bargain! This meal offer is not available on Saturdays.

£15 or more

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Fancy trying a new slant to your Gin????

We have a 70cl bottle of Whitley Neil Lemongrass & Ginger Gin. 43% proof and retains at around £27. A really interesting twist on the current gang of flavoured Gins currently on the market.

£15 or more

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Try this speciality and unusual Gin

A 70cl bottle of Opihr Oriental Spiced London Dry Gin. Created with hand picked botanicals which give this Gin a very special and unique taste. 40% proof and retailing at around £25.

£15 or more

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Smell like summer blossom

We have a Next Just Pink box set which contains: 100ml bottle of Eau De Parfum 10ml carry size Eau De Parfum Retails at over £25 so another bargain ready for Xmas.

£20 or more

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A 1.5 litre bottle of Archers Peach Schnapps

An extra large bottle of this lovely spirit. Just the thing to warm you through on a cold Autumn evening. Retails at around £28-£30 so why not grab a bargain?

£20 or more

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Laithwiat's Best Red wines

Two lovely bottles of their best red wine from the Laithwait's wine club. A 2018 Rudolfe Sadler Mendoza Argentine Malbec and a 2019 Rex Mundi Shiraz Grenache. Both bottles retail at over £15 EACH so why not grab them today!

£20 or more

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Time to smell nice

A DKNY Be Delicious boxed Gift Set. Containing a 100ml tube of Body lotion AND a 30ml Eau De Parfum Spray. Retails at over £35 so an absolute snip at this price!

£25 or more

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A nice meal out on us!

Kindly donated by Wildwood Restaurant in Bicester a voucher for £40 off a meal in their fine establishment. Valid until 31st March 2021 so why not grab a bargain!

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