Sharnbrook Bowls Club - New Changing Rooms

by Sean Bolt in Bedford, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th May 2024 we successfully raised £17,681 with 106 supporters in 56 days

We are a successful bowls club with old, dilapidated changing rooms which are too small. This project will provide new larger changing rooms

by Sean Bolt in Bedford, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

All extra income will go towards making the new changing rooms happen.

Who are we?

Sharnbrook Bowls Club was founded in 1969 and is a very successful club attracting members from villages across north Bedfordshire and beyond. 

Among our members we have winners of County bowls competitions and entrants in National Finals. We have one of the best bowling greens in the area, if not the best, and most of the maintenance work on the green and surrounds is carried out by our own club members. 

The Club is friendly and welcoming to everyone, of all ages and abilities, and from any background. In recent years our membership has grown steadily, encouraged by the building of a new Pavilion and Community Centre in 2016. 

We provide coaching for new and existing bowlers and run regular friendly club night roll-ups, club competitions and competitive and friendly matches with other clubs. You can find out more about us at our Sharnbrook Bowls Club website.

If you would like to give lawn bowls a go, please come to our OPEN DAY it's on bank holiday Monday 6th May, any time from 11am to 5pm. You're welcome to bring family and friends too!

Bowls is great fun, sociable, health enhancing and doable. It takes just a minute to learn, a bit longer to master!


Why are we crowdfunding?

What we lack are decent changing rooms. Our current changing rooms are 50 years old, the timber structure is deteriorating and the need for repairs is an almost constant theme. 

Also, the current changing rooms are much too small to accommodate all players in a match which means that some are obliged to change outside in the open. So the new changing rooms need to be much bigger than the existing ones. 

This is why we are crowdfunding and all money raised will go towards our fundraising efforts to provide Sharnbrook Bowls Club with new changing rooms.

Our site is very constrained. Its narrowness limits what we might build. Standard sized buildings are either too big or too small so, ideally, we need a building to suit the dimensions of the space available. This makes the building more expensive.

Our estimate of the total cost of removing our existing changing rooms, providing new changing rooms, a more central viewing area, a new entrance for green maintenance machinery and a shed to house our watering system pump which is currently in the existing changing rooms is in the region of £80,000-90,000. We already have c.£15,000 raised from previous fundraising and are hoping to push that to over £30,000 through this crowdfunder and also fundraising by our own efforts (coffee mornings, wine tasting, fun bowls events, etc). We are also seeking funding grants from other organisations who are interested in supporting the development of local sports clubs to raise the remaining funds.

How we’ll spend the money raised

All the additional money raised from this Sport England "Active Together" Crowdfunding project will go towards the building of our new Changing Rooms and a more central viewing area for a better and more inclusive view for spectators.

If we don't manage to raise all the money we require for the full project, our options are to delay starting until we have all the funds required or to carry out further repairs to the existing changing rooms so that they might last a few more years and build one new changing room. The replacement of our 50-year-old existing building and building the second new changing room would have to wait.





Community impact

Our Bowls Club is an important and vibrant part of the village of Sharnbrook which is the focal point for rural communities across north Bedfordshire. 

We provide opportunities for anyone to try out our sport at organised Open Days. We provide Fun Bowls Events for local businesses who take up these opportunities for staff team building or relationship building with their clients. 

Our Pavilion, constructed in 2016 through fundraising by members and generous support from Sport England and other funders is not just a resource for our Bowls Club, it is also an important "Community Asset". Our Pavilion is now heavily used, particularly during the "closed season" for bowls, by several community groups, such as Learning for Pleasure, local art, music, craft, creative writing and foreign language groups, local sports and other groups for their meetings and activities. 

The ability of our Club to continue to provide facilities for so many community groups is sustained by our Club remaining vibrant and successful. New and larger changing rooms will help our Club to continue to attract further new members and help greatly with the future success of our Club which will, in turn, benefit the wider community.

Again, if you want to try out lawn bowls, come to our Open Day, bank holiday Monday 6th May, 11am to 5pm. It's a sport of skill and finesse, with a bit of luck sometimes! Give it a go and bring family and friends. You will be most welcome.


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! Our grateful thanks go to those who have already offered rewards - please click on the name below to go to their website - see what they offer!

Sharnbrook Deli Café

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre

The Swan with Two Nicks, Sharnbrook

The Fox at Carlton


Hair By Vincenzo, Bedford

Bedford Chiropractic Clinic

Michael R Peters Tavistock Sound & Vision, Bedford

Pavenham Park Golf Club

The Horse & Groom, Clapham

The Cock, Pavenham

Lorna's Salon, Sharnbrook

The Bell, Odell

Hazel Kaye Hair, Beauty & Facial Aesthetics

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – 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!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£2 or more

Have a go at Bowls

A fun one-hour session of lawn bowls for 2 to 6 players; guidance given; bowls and all equipment provided (wear flat shoes without heals please); £1 per person. Normal price £2 per person. Contact: [email protected]

£1 or more

Sponsored Walk, 24 March, Harrold Country Park

Please support our Walkers helping to raise funds for our new Changing Rooms by walking laps around the lake (1.6 miles per lap) in Harrold Country Park on Sunday 24th March. Thank you very much.

£2 or more

Private bowls coaching session

Have a go at lawn bowls with qualified coaches; one-hour session; individually or groups of up to 6; £2 per person. Normal price £4 per person. Contact: [email protected]

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£20 Voucher for Hair by Vincenzo

A £20 Voucher towards your Ladies or Gents hair cut at Hair By Vincenzo, St Peter's Street, Bedford. Valid Mondays to Thursdays. Normal prices start from £14 for Senior Gents cut, blow dry and finish.

£5 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£10 Voucher, Horse & Groom, Clapham

A £10 Voucher towards a delicious meal and drinks at the Horse & Groom, 15 High Street, Clapham, MK41 6EQ

£10 or more

Social Membership

Social membership for 2024, enabling you to join in with the social gatherings and events such as the spoon drive, games nights etc.

£10 or more

0 of 7 claimed

Bedford Chiropractic Clinic

A private consultation; a neurological and orthopaedic examination; a spinal and postural assessment. Normal price: £79.00 Boost your health and wellness for life.

£10 or more

Coaching sessions

For existing Club Members; Up to 8 sessions with qualified coaches; Improve your technique and get even more fun from the sport. Contact: [email protected] Normal price £20

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dartington Glass wine carafe

Handmade Dartington Crystal glass open topped wine carafe/decanter 30cm tall; unused, as new.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Pair of Dartington Crystal Sharon wine glasses

Pair of elegant handmade Dartington Crystal Sharon large wine glasses, 22.5cm tall; unused, as new. Normal price: £65.00

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 Voucher at Michael R Peters

A £50 Voucher towards any household electrical purchases totalling over £500 at the same time from Michael R Peters, The Broadway, Bedford .

£77 or more

Annual Membership for playing members

Annual Full Membership for the 2024 playing season, for returning members or new members who have bowled elsewhere previously. (Regular cost £82 if paid after 1 April)

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fish n Chips

A Friday night fish and chips supper from The Cock, Pavenham. Order by Thursday or earlier that week to collect from the pub on the Friday evening at the time you arrange.

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Voucher Sharnbrook Deli Café

Have a delicious lunch or afternoon tea with at least one friend at Sharnbrook Deli Café and save £15

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Brewpoint Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting

A 90 minutes tour with at least one other guest of the new Brewpoint brewery at Fairfield, Bedford, guided by experts, following by tasting six different beers (a third of a pint each). Normal price: £20

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two bar meals at The Fox at Carlton

Enjoy two bar meals at the Fox at Carlton any time this year.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Voucher, The Bell, Odell

A £20 Voucher towards food and beverages at The Bell, Odell

£11 or more

1 of 1 claimed

24x330ml Bottles of San Miguel Beer

A case of 24 330ml bottles of San Miguel beer

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Voucher The Swan with Two Nicks, Sharnbrook

A Voucher towards a delicious meal for two at Sharnbrook's pub; Valid to 31 December 2024

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A round of Golf

A round of golf at Pavenham Park Golf Club! After 12:30pm at weekends and please allow 3 days' notice when booking the round, or: One week's notice for a weekday round, which can be at any time.

£16 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two tickets for Sharnbrook Mill Theatre

Two tickets for any show in 2024 at Sharnbrook Mill Theatre. Enjoy a great evening out with a loved one or friend!

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A haircut and blow-dry, Lorna's

A cut and blow-dry at Lorna's Unisex Hair Salon, Sharnbrook. Valid to 30 May 2024

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 Hours Gardening

2 Hours gardening anywhere within 5 miles of Sharnbrook by our Bowls Club's own gardener. Valid up to 31 May 2024.

£22 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Worth of Hair or Beauty Treatments

£50 Worth of hair or beauty treatments at Hazel Kaye Hair, Beauty & Facial Aesthetics, 40 High Street, Oakley. Valid to 30 November 2024

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