St Georges Dragons BC - Renovation Works

by Neil Aitchison in Morpeth, Northumberland, United Kingdom

St Georges Dragons BC - Renovation Works

Total raised £7,853

£20,000 stretch target 4 days left
104% 146 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th February 2024 at 9:00am

We are looking to raise funds to support the costs of repair work at our premises. Without support, we may be without our facilities.

by Neil Aitchison in Morpeth, Northumberland, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any additional funds raised will go towards internal repair work. Ceiling Boards, insulation, Carpets, re-decoration all required.


Who are we?

Situated in Morpeth, Northumberland, we are self funded private bowls club established for over 50 years. A small knit, community club, we provide both social and competitive bowls for our members and guests during the Spring & Summer months of the year. With the upcoming developments in the area, we are looking to recruit and grow our offering, to both current and new members. Our current members range from 16-80 years of age, which shows that bowls is indeed for everyone! Below image of some of our members alongside the Team from Barrett Homes who utilised our space for a summer social evening for Staff, whilst also supporting the club with some funding to assist with the purchase of a new Cassette for our Lawnmower.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

During the recent pandemic we lost 2 years worth of revenue from club subscriptions which is our main source of income into the club. This coupled with damage from Storm Arwen back in 2021, and further damage from across the next 24 month period, the club has sadly been on the back foot for the past few years financially. Fundraising has continued during that time and coupled with some small Grants and sponsorship from local businesses, the club have kept afloat during the most difficult time in its history. Sadly now, the has come when require the support of members, friends, family, the local community, and the bowling community to support us in our current plight. During the recent Autumn and Winter (to date) our premise has been battered by increment weather. Causing severe damage to our roof, and internals. We have experienced flooding, and at present the building is at risk of further damage, and most certainly isn't in a usable condition for the forthcoming 2024 season. Images of just some of the damage below:

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How we’ll spend the money raised

The damage has been assessed and with materials and labour costs, the club need to find upwards of £8000 to repair the roof and external structure of the building. This will firstly make it water tight, but more importantly a safe environment for our members to access. 

Without such support the club will fail to have moments like the below going forward. In 2023, the club had its most decorated season to date with members of our club representing the club and county in 9 different disciplines at the Bowls England National Finals. A remarkable achievement in itself, but namely the biggest success was Phil Harvey's run in the National Champion of Champions event where he was runner up for the full country! Images below of 8 of our member who qualified in the National Fours event, and also Phil being presented with his runners up trophy.

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Community impact

Not only does this impact our club members, both the wider bowling and local community will be impacted heavily. The space is often used by Northumberland County to host fixtures against our sister counties. Within walking distance is St Georges Hospital, both staff and patients often take time to pop to the club for a break, some fresh air and a warm cup of tea to find peace within our beautiful space.  

Without support we are at real risk of not having a facility.

During the summer months, we host regular open days for the community who want to try the sport, this in support of the Bowls England "Big Bowls Weekend Initiative". The image on the right shows some of our guests who joined us during the event last season. 

Also during the season, we host an annual fundraiser for Macmillan in memory of one of our club stalwarts who sadly passed away. The image on the left was taken last summer where we achieved over £2000 which was donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.  

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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 on our platforms!

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!

Rewards

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£10 Voucher for Ashianna Restaurant

£10 voucher to spend in Ashianna Restaurant. 48 Front Street West, Bedlington NE22 5UB

£50 or more

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Free New Membership

Any none member of the club donating £50 or more will receive 1 years free membership to the club

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2 Tickets to Newcastle Races

2 complimentary grandstand tickets to a meeting of choice (excluding feature days)

£100 or more

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Coaching Session for up to 15 people

Free coaching session with our Qualified Coach for up to 15 people. Could be used by a Businesses who may use the day as a team building exercise, or an individual who may wish to organise a social gathering for friends or family who want an introduction to bowls.

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4 Ball Voucher for Bedlingtonshire Golf Club

4 Ball Voucher (worth over £200 in summer season) for Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, Acorn Bank Hartford Road, Bedlington NE22 6AA

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Fourball voucher @ Northumberland Golf Club

Fourball at Northumberland Golf Club, High Gosforth Park, NE3 5HT

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Free Underlay and Fitting with any New Carpet

Free Underlay and Fitting with any New Carpet from Alans Carpets Offer based on a carpet up to 4x4 metres. Reference code to be sent to user on application

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£10 Voucher Cafe Des Amis Morpeth

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£20 Voucher for N1 Golf

£20 voucher to spend at N1 Golf. Gubeon Walton Road, Morpeth NE61 3FR ·

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£25 Voucher for Gianna Restaurant

£25 Voucher for Gianna Restaurant 1St Floor, 6 New Market, Morpeth NE61 1HG

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