Lincoln IBC Facility Improvements

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Project by Danny Brown

Total raised £20,114

raised so far

+ est. £1162.25 Gift Aid



To engage more people by improving accessibility and communications and to promote the Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club as a community asset.

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th May 2023 we'd raised £20,103 with 127 supporters in 52 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The extra money will fund the infrastructure to support our communications and advertising system ambitions. We will require LED screens as the basis for any system and 8 x individual monitors as rink scoreboards. Key messages and advertising screens can also be replicated in the cafe area.

Who are we?

The Lincoln & District Indoor Bowling Club was founded in 1971 by a group of Federation Bowlers with a four rink green sited in the city's Boultham Park. It has since evolved into an 8 rink facility, which boasted upwards of 1500 members at its peak. The Club celebrated its 50th year in 2022 and is in the process of recovering from the COVID pandemic and the affect it has had on our membership levels.

We are a CASC registered organisation, run as a not for profit Club, and are open to all members of the community.

The Club has the benefit of Meeting Room facilities, a Restaurant and a Cafe (Cafe Jaxx) which is open to Members and Non Members alike on a daily basis.


Why are we crowdfunding?

Our facility is widely recognised as one of the top indoor bowling clubs in the UK within the sport. Pre COVID the club enjoyed over 1100 members sharing our facility. This number fell to around 600 members during the pandemic and is now on the road to recovery with our 1000th member recently recruited. We have recently witnessed a number of Indoor Bowls Clubs folding through lack of membership and ever increasing costs. We recognise that we need to adapt our offer to appeal to a wider range of people within the community. This is part of our strategy to develop and sustain the Bowls Club.


How our Project will be United By Birmingham 2022

The 2022 Commonwealth Games was an inspiration to many people to get active and 'community aware'. Our vision is to share the facility more widely within our community and enable more people of all ages and abilities to experience not only indoor bowls, but all of the other social aspects that we have to offer. In order to realise this, we need to be accessible to all and have the ability to effectively communicate our activities to the people frequenting the club which in turn will help to grow and retain our club membership. 



How we'll spend the money raised

The money we raise will be spent in three key areas:

1. To improve access into and within the Club for all participants. This includes improving accessability to the club, onto the bowling rinks and to toilet facilities. (e.g Ramps and Door Access)

2. To improve communication within the Club both bowling and non bowling related by means of a new interactive LED scoreboard and communications facility, with the aim of rendering old fashioned notice boards redundant.

3. To provide a means to attract external revenue into and therefore help sustain the future of the Club by advertising local services.


Robert Pitchford, Chairman of the Boultham Park Advisory Group, presents a cheque to Danny Brown, General Manager at the Indoor Bowls Club, in recognition of there successful attempt of achieving a world record 62 hours non stop bowls match. A special mention to the bowlers – Dean, Andy, Paul, Collette, Stan & Lisa.

Robert said “the club are an integral part of the park and their hospitality to both BPAG and the CofLC Community Engagement team is most appreciated”.

Community impact

We are delighted to host a number of community Wellness and Well Being sessions within the club, including a Tuesday morning Mindfulness Doodling session in partnership with the Lincoln City Council, as well as regular sessions for disabled bowlers and a Saturday Junior Club (Under 18s). We also open up the club to local supported living organisations to welcome young adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs.


Our 'Bowl For Health' sessions are a recent innovation, designed to attract many local everyday people seeking social companionship.

The Club also offers a Social Membership (Non bowling) offering regular events such as bingo, themed nights, quiz nights, craft clubs and coffee mornings, and is a haven for parkrun members that enjoy our Cafe Jaxx facility after their morning run each Saturday.

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don't delay if you're going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out - particularly if we can upgrade our scoreboard screen system to accommodate modern business advertising!

4. If you want to run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won't need any bank details. Just a fun idea!


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This project offered rewards

£240 or more

Set of Size 4 Red Torque Bowls from BIASED BOWLS

BRAND NEW in box RED Size 4 Torque with grips (31 Stamp) Available for collection from the club. Courtesy of Biased and retailing at £380 Yours for a pledge of £280 Now reduced to just £240 Offer ends 30/09/2023

£5 or more


For just a £5 pledge to our fund, you can come along to the Club and try your hand at indoor bowling. We have all of the equipment we can lend free of charge - simply call Danny on 01522 526237 to arrange a session at a time convenient to you. Offer available throughout the Summer (May - Sept 2023)

£10 or more


Captains - Take the hassle out of allocating your members to you matches for the season! Request a ready made Captain's sheet with all of your players already rostered for your Summer or Winter Match programme. For a pledge of £10 we'll take care of it all and produce a professional team sheet with all your players and their matches ready for the season ahead. Ask Danny for further details.

£10 or more


Brand new in packet - Courtesy of TAYLOR BOWLS Retailing at £38.00 per pair - Yours for a pledge of £10or more White bowls trouser (Tracksuit style) Can post if details forwarded

£20 or more


We like to keep our Club Coaches gainfully employed throughout the Summer months! For a £20 pledge we'll arrange for 5 one to one coaching sessions with one of our qualified bowls coaches throughout the summer at a regular time to suit you.

£20 or more


Training top signed by then manager Kevin Keegan and given to a member of Lincoln City backroom staff at a pre-season Friendly match on 29th July 2003 which ended 2-2. Size 2XL

£20 or more

Greg Harlow Signed England Bowls Shirt

England shirt signed by Greg Harlow now claimed

£25 or more


Tea for Two at Cafe Jaxx - May 2023 onwards after 1.30pm Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and cakes along with your afternoon tea for two people.

£60 or more

Royal Iced Celebration Cake by Anita Salt (to 8")

If you have a special occasion around the corner here's the Reward for you! Award winning cake decorator Anita Salt has offered a Royal Iced Celebration cake (1 tier - up to 8 inch). Normal cost £80+ Yours for a pledge of £60 or more. Check out Anita's latest award winning effort here

£100 or more


Bring your colleagues along to LIBC for a Team Building Bowls evening (Up to 16 players). We'll lend all abowls shoes to you and give you a 20 minute crash course on the sport of flat green bowls. Then it's up to you..... Divide your players into rinks of 3 or 4 and compete against one another over a series of short format matches. We'll oversee and make sure your event is successful. Ideal for team building purposes! *Offer is open ended

£100 or more

Royal Iced Celebration Cake - 2 Tier by Anita Salt

If you have a very special occasion around the corner here's another Reward kindly offered up by Award winning cake decorator Anita Salt This option is for a 2-Tier Royal Iced Celebration cake (up to 8 inch). Normal cost £140+ Yours for a pledge of £100 or more. Check out Anita's latest award winning effort here

£190 or more


35 T-shirts printed to the design of your choice, with a one colour left breast print on each shirt. (RRP £250) The print and colour needs to be generic for all shirts. Our thanks to Bespoke4Business, suppliers of our 'Bowlr' software system, for their generosity. Offered until 30/09/2023

£250 or more


A foamex board 1600 x 800mm will be put in display in our bowls hall. We have members and visitors frequentling the club on a regular basis from the Lincoln are, across Lincolnshire and nationwide. Grab their attention with a board of your design in the main bowls hall. Once we get our LED Screens up and running, we'll transfer the details of your Board onto a digital screen and scroll through our sponsors on a daily basis!

£5 or more

75cl Porto Armilar RUBY PORT

Retailing at £6.69 in local stores Bottled in Portugal (15% vol) Generously gifted to the club as a Reward for a pledge of £5 please (Over 18s Only)

£5 or more

Co-op Cava Brut 75cl

Generously donated by a Member. Retails at £7.35 - yours for a pledge of £5 or more. (Over 18s Only) Cava gets a raw deal these days - it's all about prosecco - but if you're looking for an affordable alternative to champagne then cava may well be your best bet. It's made in the same way (the bubbles are produced in the bottle rather than large tanks as is the case with prosecco) and shares a similar taste profile; it tastes of lemon shortbread,

£5 or more

75cl Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry

Generously donated by a Member. Retails at £11.00 - yours for a pledge of £5 or more. (Over 18s Only)

£15 or more

700ml The Famous Grouse Smoky Black Scotch Whisky

Smooth, peaty and aromatic blended Scotch whisky, generously donated by a Member. Retails at £19.95 - yours for a pledge of just £15 or more. (Over 18s Only)

£20 or more


Get stocked up ready for the hot weather with a box of 20 Magnum Ice Creams donated by our supplier SouthLincs Food Services! RRP £40!

£40 or more


A beautiful handcrafted stone bird bath by Dream Gardens Stoneware - perfect for your garden! Retailing at £59.99

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