Kingston Bowling Club Roof Appeal

by Di Kirby in Hull, England, United Kingdom

£1,555

raised of £20,000 stretch target

31

supporters
8% 4 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 2nd November 2020 at 12:00pm

The roof of our clubhouse is in urgent need of repair - it is leaking water into the inside and probably won't last the winter.

by Di Kirby in Hull, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Rather than just patch repairing the roof, we can have a more permanent solution by replacing it and also refurbish the inside of the clubhouse, which has suffered from water damage and is very dated.


Who we are

Kingston Bowling Club was founded in 1905. We have our own ground and clubhouse situated on Ash Grove, Beverley Road, in Kingston upon Hull. We offer social and competitive lawn bowling to males and females of all ages and abilities. Our current membership is around 50 and whilst the majority of our members are from the retired population, we are always open to new members, whatever their age.

Our green is seen as one of the best in the area, and we host visiting teams from all over the country as well as the annual Yorkshire Patrons Day. We also run our own competitions which are well supported by local bowls clubs.  

The club is run entirely by volunteers; three of our members attend every day during the bowling season to make sure the green is in tip-top condition. Other members clean the clubhouse, do maintenance work on the clubhouse and changing rooms, and do gardening work to make sure the borders look attractive. Everyone pitches in to help and we have a real family atmosphere – there are quite a few husband and wife members, as well as fathers and sons.

We are affiliated to Bowls England, Yorkshire Bowling Association and Humberside Bowling Association.   

As well as social bowling and local leagues, many of our members have been selected to represent Yorkshire and two of our senior members, Sue Cotton and Di Jones, won the National Ladies Pairs Competition in 2018. They were the oldest competitors, which just goes to show that age is no barrier to competitive sport and the game of bowls is accessible to everyone.  Here they are with the trophies.

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Bowls does have a reputation for being a bit staid and serious, but it’s not all greys and whites on our bowling green; we have a lot of fun with many inter-club competitions and often have “loud shirt” days. Here’s a few of our members sporting some very colourful combinations!

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Why do we need your donations?

The club is steeped in history and heritage but are forward looking and wish to preserve and protect the clubhouse and grounds for future generations.

As well as using income on the general upkeep and equipment, we had plans to raise funds to make the clubhouse into a hub for local community groups, private hire and a safe and welcoming place for our members to socialise after outdoor matches during the season, to play indoor during the winter, and use the clubhouse for games and quiz nights.  

Many of our members are from the retired population, some of whom are at risk from social isolation and declining general health.  Bowling offers them the opportunity to participate in a social activity whilst also maintaining and improving mobility and fitness. The loss of the club would have a severe effect on their general health and wellbeing.  

Two of our members, Tony and Di, put some words to the tune of “Messing about on the River” for members to sing when visiting teams come to the green or to sing when the club is on tour.   Tony has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is struggling to read, but he can still remember most of the words he wrote many years ago.  Check out the video clip on our Facebook page.

Community Use

It’s not just our own members who are impacted; our friends at Holderness Bowling Club, who rent the ground from us, are also affected, as well as the many local teams whom we play against and visiting teams from Yorkshire and further afield.

Holderness are rightly proud of consistently challenging for honours and achievements. Some of their members have represented the county and the country, appearing in national finals and winning county titles, as well as local honours. Here they are in front of the clubhouse at Kingston Bowling Club with the Major Trophy.

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We also have a relationship with the Women’s Institute, where we offer taster days and invite them to become new members.

We are working towards improving the rooms within the clubhouse to enable us to offer them for community use such as gardening clubs, weight-loss groups, yoga, pilates, table tennis (we’ve already bought a couple of bats, balls and a retractable net). The possibilities are endless and we hope to attract usage from a diverse range of groups.

What will we do with the money raised?

Whilst we haven't run a full bowling calendar this summer, it is essential that the green is maintained, and our volunteers visit every day to make sure the green is in tip-top condition for when bowling activities are back to normal, whenever that may be. The combined age of the three volunteers who do this work is more than 210!

A substantial part of our budgeted income for this year was earmarked for improvements to the clubhouse to make it a welcoming and attractive place for our members and the local community.

The effects of Covid-19

During a normal season, the club would generate income from a variety of sources, eg, annual membership, rink fees, internal and external competitions, visiting teams, our own fundraising activities, and revenue from bar sales.

Since the pandemic began, the club has been unable to benefit from such income, which is impacting on our ability to meet our ongoing costs and our planned investment in the ground and the clubhouse.

We would have enjoyed entertaining visiting teams and their supporters in our clubhouse, such as shown below.

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Unfortunately since this photo was taken, we have suffered some damage to the ceilings in both the main bar and what used to be our snooker room, as shown below:

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The floor in the old snooker room also needs some work, as you can see. Needless to say, this is now out of bounds so our plans to smarten it up and offer it for community use cannot be implemented until we get some funds to repair it.

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How can you help?

If you’ve read this far, thank you.  As you can clearly see, we are sorely in need of some financial help and hope to raise £1000 or more from Crowdfunding.

Please share our page on social media and ask your family and friends to do the same.  

If you can, please make a donation, large or small, we are grateful for any amount you can spare.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£100 donation

£100 or more small business advert banner around the perimeter of the green for 1 year (T&C’s apply, please ask for details)

£5 or more

£5-10 donation

Free game of bowls for one person

£10 or more

£10-25 donation

Free game of bowls for 2 people.

£25 or more

£25-£50 donation

A free game of bowls for 4 people

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£200 or more donation

£200 or more – large business advert banner around the perimeter of the green for 1 year (T&C’s apply, please ask for details)

£300 or more

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£300 or more

£300 or more - large business advert banner around the perimeter of the green for 1 year (T&C’s apply, please ask for details) and a corporate day for up to 12 people.

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