Keep Luton Bowling along

by Luton Indoor Bowls Club in Luton, England, United Kingdom

£5,311

£20,000 target 24 days left
26% 61 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 9th July 2021 at 8:53am

To repair the financial damage caused by COVID so that the future of the club and our facility can be secured for the community.

by Luton Indoor Bowls Club in Luton, England, United Kingdom

Our Club:

Luton Indoor Bowls club is a long-standing friendly community-based Bowls club with approximately 300 members, based in the Round Green area of Luton. In normal times, our club is open most days, with bowls sessions mornings, afternoons and evening, allowing all members of our diverse community, young, old, disabled, retired, working to enjoy the fantastic game of bowls. 

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Our club is a great environment to meet and make new friends. We actively encourage new bowlers to the game by inviting them to join our social bowling groups where we meet for a relaxed game of bowls, a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. It is very friendly and a lot of fun.

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We cater for all levels of bowls ability, and our club runs leagues and plays competitive matches against other clubs in the area.   We have a busy, well stocked bar, catering facilities, a function room that can be hired out for various hospitality events and fitness etc.  The club organises various social events including dinners and lunches.  Our large car park makes visiting and using these facilities very convenient.

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Before lockdown, we were beginning to see an uptake in membership, partly due to its increasing popularity from the additional exposure bowls was getting on TV and the fact that it will be a Commonwealth games discipline when it is held in Birmingham in 2022. 

The Impact of Covid & Lockdown

It has put  extraordinary strain on the finances and future of our club.

The impact of Covid & Lockdown has struck hard reducing income whilst overheads, including rent, rates, utilities & maintenance still remain. A year of no income has depleted our reserves and our financial position is in need of urgent support. We must ensure the future of our great facility and the mental & physical wellbeing of the club members & the wider community that use our facilities.

This why we are appealing to you to help us survive this challenging period and keep this great club serving the community as it has done for the last 33 years.  


How you can help us:

  • by making a donation - "every small donation helps"
  • by purchasing one of the rewards on offer
  • by becoming a club member - see rewards section
  • by signing up for one of our bowls taster sessions - see rewards section
  • by sponsoring one of our sign boards that are placed around the club - be seen by the local community and their families and friends


What we will be using the money for:

  • Replacement carpet grippers - to enhance the bowling surface and experience.1616573488_luton_indoor_bowls_club_-_img_-_6393.jpg
  • Update our Kitchen Equipment, which is now 'not fit for purpose'& requires urgent replacement.

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  • Repair several leaks in our roof. -"raindrops keep falling on our heads"

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  • Investigate to replace our current lighting - to allow us to play in an environment with more natural & cost effective LED lighting.

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  • Provide outdoor seating area - so members can enjoy a drink other than in the bar.
  • Promote the club to a wider audience, to coincide with Bowls being a core sport in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
  • Review and enhance our facilities to ensure disabled members get the best experience when visiting and bowling at our club. 

Some more about our Club

Our early 'Royal' beginnings:

The Club was established in 1988 and has occupied its current building since its opening by Diana, Princess of Wales in the same year. We are affiliated to the English Indoor Bowling Association, Bedfordshire Indoor Bowling Association and London & Southern Counties Bowling Association.

 

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Meet some of our Members:

Jonathon Stokes (Left), England International,  Terry Bragger (Centre) Club President & Peter Agnew (Right) ) Over 55 England Triallist

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Jonathon Stokes - our own England International -“Wishing Luton Indoor Bowls Club all the best in their Crowdfunding project, it is a great club, having spent my formative years bowling at the club, it is a pleasure to support them”.

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Luton Indoor Bowls Club - more than just Bowls

Having Fun in the Sun: August means BBQ time at the club:

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As a club we are committed to supporting the local community . We have and continue to make our function room available free of charge for local charities who have used it over the years raising many hundreds of pounds for local causes. Other examples of our recent work in this area include:

-  the hosting and managing of an event to raise funds specifically for the new helipad at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

- ongoing members fundraising activities over a number of years to support the excellent work of Keech Hospice Care in Luton. Keech are the adult hospice for Luton and South Bedfordshire and the children's hospice for Bedfordshire , Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes through donations over the bar.

- Luton Chiltern Rotary Club had, prior to COVID-19, begun to use the function room on Monday evenings and will be undertaking a bowlathon to raise funds for its charitable works as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.

The club are fully committed to continuing to support local charities and there is a presently proposal before the committee to adopt a single local charity for the next year, in addition to the ongoing fundraising for Keech Hospice Care. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

1 hour 'Have a go at Bowling' Session (£10 value)

For new bowlers only - Always fancied giving Bowls a try, make a pledge for £5.00 and get 1 hours coaching to include use of bowls and shoes. (This is a £10 value)

£10 or more

1 of 5 claimed

2 course lunch at the bowls club

2 course lunch from the menu (Donated by Caterers) ( a £15.00 value)

£10 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Social membership for Luton Indoor Bowls Club

Not a bowler?, Join our club as a social member, and have use of our facilities, like the bar, catering, and hall hire opportunities.(£17 value)

£10 or more

0 of 3 claimed

1 year O'65 Membership Co-op Sports & Social Club

1 year Over 65 Membership Co-op Sports & Social Club

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Haircut at Pinx & Bluez Hair Salon, Riddy Lane

1 x Gents Haircut ( a £30 value) @Pinxhair on Facebook

£15 or more

0 of 3 claimed

1 years Membership Co-op Sports & Social Club

1 years Membership Co-op Sports & Social Club

£15 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Indulge yourself with Cupcake Heaven (10)

Cupcake heaven - Entertaining? Why not get 10 cupcakes for your party. (Value £20) Kindly donated by the Jesson family

£20 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Gardener for 1 hour

1 hours Gardening. Need to tidy up your borders?, need your lawn cut?, or want a general tidy up?, this reward gives you 1 hours' worth of gardening. (Value £30) Kindly donated by Bill Abbott

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Enjoy the Summer sun with a Cream Tea for 2

Cream Tea for 2 - Enjoy the Summer weather with a fabulous cream tea for 2 (Value £35), kindly donated by Gill Abbott

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

1 x MOT for your car

MOT for your car at Pitlane, 25 Scott Road, Luton, LU3 3BF. www.pitlaneltd.co.uk (Normally £45.00)

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Voucher to eat at Indian Tapas Grill

A £50 voucher to spend at Luton's newest tapas Indian Mezze Grill, opening May 2021, 3,Bushmead Shopping Centre, Luton, LU2 7SF

£50 or more

Get Bowling in 2021

Want to get back to doing something active in 2021, break free from Covid restrictions?, Join our club with an Introductory Membership fee for the 2021 bowls year, for all new bowlers who become members to the club in 2021.

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Local Asbestos Survey

Voucher to the value of £100 against any local asbestos survey on a residential or commercial property carried out by Alan Geddes "the Asbestos Man", 135 Gardenia Avenue, Luton. www.theasbestosman.co.uk

£100 or more

2022-2023 LIBC Club Membership

Luton Indoor Bowls Club Membership for the 2022 - 2023 bowls year.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 hour consultation at Noble Solicitors

1 hour consultation at Noble Solicitors, 26/28 Stuart Street. (Contact Mr P Millan) for any of the following issues: Civil, Criminal Litigation, Matrimonial or family law issues.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Game of Golf for 4 at Luton Hoo

Play golf at the fantastic Bedfordshire course at Luton Hoo. A round at this prestigious course is normally between £40 - £50 per person. Can be played any day until 1/7/22 Mon to Sunday

£125 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Hall Hire for function (seats 80 ) Various options

Have a function? - business meeting, special interest club meeting, birthdays, weddings, funerals. Use our hall which will seat up to 80 people, we can also arrange bar and catering facilities at an additional cost. Business meeting (no bar facilities) - £125 Evening Function with Bar facilities -£150 Funeral function (2 hour slot) - £50, additional £20 if bar facility required. Additional hours by negotiation

£250 or more

0 of 6 claimed

12' x 3' (3.65m x 0.91m) Sign Advertising Board

12'x3' (3.65m x 0.91m) Advertising board to be situated on the back wall of the Bowls Green, costs to include all printing and mounting, for a 12 month period. (a £300 value)

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

3' x 2' Oil Painting by local artist Robert Ford

3' x 2' Oil painting by local artist - Robert Ford, this can be a solo or family portrait or favourite pet. Dimension: 914mm x 610mm (a £750 value) Roberts work can be seen in collections across the UK, including that of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. He is now an exhibiting artist at: The Eagle Gallery, St Peter's Street, Bedford Please see https://www.robertfordartist.com/ for examples of his work

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Take away Fish & Chips for 2

Take away Fish and chips for 2 from the Bushmead Fish Bar, 7D The Parade, Hancock Drive, Luton LU2 7SF (a £15.00 value)

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

'Big Boy' Butchers Breakfast for 4 at OSP

'Big Boy' Butchers Breakfast for 4 (Normally £44) at the Old Skool Pantry, 359 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 7SW. www.oldskoolpantry.com, @oldskoolpantry on Facebook

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Costa Coffee Gift Voucher

Costa Coffee gift voucher (RRP £50)

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£60 voucher - La Bella Vita Hitchin

Voucher for £60 to eat at the La Bella Vita Italian Restaurant , 9 Sun Street, Hitchin, SG5 1AE

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Poplar's Nursery Gift Card (£50)

The Poplars Gift Card is the perfect gift for those ‘hard to buy for people’ we all know & love! (£50 Value)

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 gift Voucher with a 'major online retailer'

On offer is a great £100 gift Voucher, kindly donated by Matt Bonsey.

Let's make 'Keep Luton Bowling along' happen

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