NORGREN SPORTS AID COVID FUNDING

by Norgren Bowls Club in Shipston On Stour, England, United Kingdom

£4,472

£5,000 target 7 days left
89% 35 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 17th May 2021 at 12:00pm

OUR AIM IS NOT ONLY TO RAISE FUNDS, BUT TO ENCOURAGE NEW MEMBERS OF ALL AGES AND GENDER TO JOIN OUR VERY SOCIABLE BOWLS CLUB

by Norgren Bowls Club in Shipston On Stour, England, United Kingdom

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Our History

Norgren Bowls Club is a rural club situated on the Warwickshire border edging the Cotswolds and affiliated to the Warwickshire County Bowls Association. 

The club was founded in 1970 with last year 2020 being our 50th year.1619614204_1619614204662.png

 and is open to all and is entirely run by volunteers who's aim is to encourage - both physically and socially all ages and abilities to come and join us, we particularly would like to encourage more of the younger generation.  

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The club operates out of what was the old works social club for IMI Norgren  

IMI Norgren purchased the site at Shipston in 1980's the factory site dated back to the forties when we were totally funded by the Company.

What happen next?

Regrettably the factory site closed for land development in 2005.  This left the social club to financially run as a single entity with the bowling green attached from then on.  The building now operates as a separate Social Enterprise which means we are at a disadvantage due to not owning a Bowls Club House, so do not benefit from bar sales on this site. 

We are lucky to still have one of the original female bowlers from 1970 on our team, she was heard to say.

  "I maybe a little slower but still love the game" 

This building has been our home for 51 years .

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Background for our appeal

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Covid has been a painful experience for everyone, for Norgren Bowls it has been close to disastrous.

Memberships has declined because some of our members were vulnerable and sadly, some remain so:

In our 50th year (2020) we had a planned major programme to recruit new members , which had to been cancelled:

Green fee revenue we would have expected to take from league games has been lost as all leagues were effectively cancelled in 2020

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We have been privileged to host Bowls England on a number of occasions, and it is conventional that Bowls England provide specific support on key landmark occasions.  Sadly this support is not able to be provided retrospectively so, due to Covid 19, we lost out on hosting Bowls England on our 50th anniversary in 2020.  The revenue, as well as the heightened profile we would have expected to benefit from, would have had a significant positive impact on the club. 

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Our other fund raiser being
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Again we were unable to host our annual Christmas bingo, this can and does raise at least £1000 in revenue, as all our prizes are donated from  business in both the local and greater Shipston area. 

The Projects you are Funding

  • Maintain upkeep of the green throughout the coming season
  • Replacement of equipment -  we are short of 4 Pushers
  • Servicing of our second-hand mowers
  • New equipment - extra bowls for new members to practice with.
  • New storage cover for our mats & rink equipment.

Item 1 & 3  - (Maintain & Servicing)  important to keep the green in tiptop condition as we welcome Warwickshire County Players individual competitions as well as league.

item 2  - most of our visitors prefer to use pushers , they protect the back & feet.

item 4 - We want to improve the amount of equipment to increase the capacity to provide physical activity for those in our community both young and old, extra bowling equipment would be a great addition to achieve this.

item 5 - Storage box has been damaged by strong winds in the last winter.

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Bowls is not just a sport for retirees!

Exercise, Social Activity, Mental Stimulation, Fun & Laughter, 

De-stress/Release/Escape, Sense of achievement, we of all ages could do with this.

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Our Aim

"A STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY FROM 2020"

Our team is working hard  to encourage new bowlers to our club, the aim is to increase our membership by launching firstly a leaflet drop of which we are all involved in as we currently have 5 new housing estates around the outskirts of Shipston, would love to have a Ladies Team and Juniors back in our fold.

 We want to encourage all ages and abilities and  would like to be able to accommodate disabled access to our green - this is not yet possible but is on our wish list 

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We are becoming a widely diverse community and we are being active in broadening the spectrum of people playing bowls in and around Shipston 

Events

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Bowls England has a new initiative to help all clubs to encourage new members, on the 29th May 2021 we will be holding our Bowls Big Weekend, open to everyone regardless of age, gender, background, ethnicity or ability, fliers will be letter box dropped and large poster around town, Our local Stratford Herald will be  advertising in their weekly paper.

We are also actively talking to our local High School  to get involved .

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Now's the time to find out

OUR VISION

"PROMOTING A SPORT FOR EVERY MEMBER OF EVERY FAMILY."

Our objective is to increase numbers and again see a Ladies Team competing in the Warwickshire league, increase our marketing skills , action leaflet drop, update our  Facebook page regularly , Shipston Notice board Facebook page and  the media were possible.

On our wish List

Disabled access

To draw up plans with The Hub on how we can change our green to accommodate disabled, & wheelchair persons

Thank you for supporting us

Our target  to cover our shortfall is set at £5000.

We would like to REWARD YOU for helping us,

With your help our club will strive to provide competitive bowls and a community hub for local people.  With your help, we can continue going from strength to strength and increase the availability and quality of the sporting opportunities' available to those in our community

Any monies raised through the crowdfunding page, will help us to achieve all of the above and carry on regardless of Covid-19, to still offer the community the opportunity to enjoy and participate in Bowls in lovely surroundings.

Bowls is a game for all, it provides exercise, the lack of contact means men, women and juniors can all play on the same team.

 Bowls is changing from blazers and ties to a more relaxed casual club coloured shirt, but still retaining smartness, which is more appealing to new and potential members and the younger generation. 

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We would love to see new members, maybe people that have been stuck indoors for many months who would just like to get out and enjoy fresh air and exercise with like minded people.

Please donate how ever big or small

Why not come along and have a go?  We would love to welcome you to our amazing club so bowl along to one of our Friday evening sessions from 6pm,.

After which you can relax with a refreshing drink and get know our members at the Hub Bar 

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The club's basic income is subscriptions and rink fees.  So while we are not a for profit club, we need to generate donations from members of families, friends, local business and the wider community.

These donations, in addition to fundraising through social events, will maintain our cashflow to ensure the continued existence of Norgren Bowls Club in all its bowling and community initiatives though the next 12 month and beyond.

        You can donate however much you feel comfortable with...................

           Thank you for supporting us

     

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

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Bouquet of Flowers

A voucher to the value of £20 donated from our local "Flower House" in Shipston on stour , this can be used in one or multiple uses, not only for flowers, they also supply every type of card you could think of, and some amazing unusual trinkets.

£5 or more

Taster session on our bowling green

Taster session reward is for potential new members to have a go at bowls, you will be expertly looked after by our experienced bowlers and our coach to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, so helping you to enjoy this new experience, sessions last about an hour to hour and a half.

£5 or more

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French Sparkling Wine

2 off bottles of French sparkling wine for £5 what a great bargain , kindly donated by AMG Marketing

£8 or more

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Vegetable Matters Farm Shop & Café

£10 gift card has been donated by Vegetable Matter Farm Shop & Café, they are situation just outside of Ebrington , just off the Campden road, all their produce are home grown on their own farms, and some from local farmers, you can also enjoy time in the beautiful café.

£10 or more

Free Junior membership

Free Junior membership for anyone up to and including 18 year old for the first year of membership, coaching will also be provided free of charge.

£10 or more

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Bottle of well known Whisky

Bottle of Grouse, RRP £18 donated by our local Shipston Amateur Dramatics Society , who regularly support us by running a bar at our Bingo night.

£20 or more

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Richard Harvey Collections.

What a great offer, £25 gift voucher from Richard Harvey Collection situated behind a small exterior on the main through road in Shipston on Stour. ‎Greetings Cards & Gifts · ‎Furniture/Lighting · ‎Pictures & Wall Art · ‎Children, many rooms to wander around in, some stunning collections.

£30 or more

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Club shirt short sleeved

This reward would entitle you to our lovely Norgren logo Club shirt, all sizes available for male & female bowlers, please note these would be ordered from our supplier and have a 6 week lead time, but worth the wait.

£40 or more

50% off when you become a new member

This donation would entitle you to receive 50% off our annual membership for the first year ( this is normally £80 per annum), a good incentive to join a thriving club and all it can offer.

£50 or more

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Fleece jacket

This fantastic reward would give you a Norgren logo Fleece Lined Showerproof jacket with raglan sleeve, these would have to be ordered from our supplier who give a 6 week lead time. They are amazingly warm, and a great fit.

£22 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Lakeland Voucher

The best offer of the day, £30 gift voucher This reward entitles you to shop at any Lakeland outlet for Cookware, Baking, Cleaning & laundry

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The Bower House Restaurant

£40 gift voucher will entitles you to a scrumptious meal for TWO at The Bower House , Market Place Shipston on stour, this outlet has 5 stars from TripAdvisor

Let's make 'NORGREN SPORTS AID COVID FUNDING' happen

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