Upgrade facilities at Wollescote Hall Bowls Club

by grainger-paul in Stourbridge, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Total raised £5,451

raised so far



Our aim is to improve club facilities in order to meet local demand. Phase 1 is the renovation of the playing surface and surroundings

by grainger-paul in Stourbridge, West Midlands, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th August 2023 we'd raised £5,451 with 45 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Raising more funds will enable us to bring forward phase 2 the erection of a new pavilion and toilets. This will include the provision for winter short mat thus extending the club season.

Who are we?

1687102824_1687102822733.pngLawn Bowls have been played at Stevens Park Wollescote Hall since 1994 when two grass court tennis courts were converted to a flat bowling green.

Since then the site has been used by two separate clubs sharing equipment and running costs. The site lacked any of the usual amenities until 2003 when a simple timber-built club house/pavilion (that is now showing age) was acquired. Since then, additional storage structures have been added and in recent years basic changing room facilities. The site does not have its own toilets having access to close-by facilities off site.

Throu1687102526_1687102525109.jpegghout their life both clubs maintained a reasonably healthy membership and financial viability. The Covid-19 pandemic however cast a shadow over their continued existence. Covid unfortunately featured in the death and physical impairment of members reducing the overall number of members either by loss or no longer able to partake in the game. Some remained as social members with of course reduced fees, thus contributing to the financial burden of the clubs. A resultant factor was the reduction in the number of individuals available to play both competitive and friendly games threatening the clubs’ memberships of the various bowling circles they belonged to. In addition, the green, which due to its previous use as a tennis court has always presented challenges with upkeep, suffered from lack of playing and regular maintenance.

 It became obvious that answer to these issues and the continued future and development of bowling in the area would be best served by merging the two clubs.

This was formally achieved and recognised by Worcestershire Bowling Association in December 2021.

Why are we crowdfunding?

We are crowdfunding to raise funds for phase 1 of a plan to develop the green and clubhouse, this will enable us to best serve a growing demand from individuals and local organisations.

The club is locate1687189618_red_photo.jpgd in a quiet and attractive location and is securely fenced. and whilst an ideal location for bowling there are several drawbacks which need to be addressed if we are to be successful in our desire to open the facilities to the wider community and meet the demand from various local groups who have responded positively to our invitation to use the green.

These inc1687193844_red_photo_izzie.jpglude local school children to be able to participate in the sport during school hours. Participation will contribute to the attainment of Key Stages 2,3 and 4 of the National Curriculum in Physical Education.  A similar request has been made from a Special Needs Children’s Group who see the children’s involvement as a means of aiding their individual development and contributing to the clubs commitment to community involvement. A local scout group has also expressed an interest and has booked a preliminary visit this summer.

 The existing buildings are in effect fancy sheds and need to be replaced as they no longer meet the needs of a modern-day bowls club and require constant and expensive maintenance. The kitchen facility is very limited being a means to boil a kettle and a sink for washing up. There is no facility for spectators which is particularly important during inclement weather. The toilets are offsite and do not belong to the club. Their condition is often dubious and an embarrassment when we host other clubs


The sites previous use as tennis courts has presented challenges which despite the effort and expense applied over the years have resulted in a gradual deterioration of the playing surface.

We are the only flat green club in the borough and with a growing membership from individuals new to bowling and existing members keen to improve their skills it is essential that we bring the playing service up to county standard, a task that each year is more difficult due to the underlying original tennis courts.

We have an ambitious but realistic development plan to erect a new pavilion and toilet facilities but first we need to dig up the playing surface and lay a new one. It is this phase for which we are appealing for donations


The club is run as a community organisation with the philosophy of offering bowling facilities for all ages at an affordable cost. Any small financial return is aimed at remaining solvent. This has served us well for some 30 years but does mean that we have limited capital funds available to invest in the project. Accordingly, we are seeking financial support from the community as well as approaching grant funding bodies1687104606_1687104603896.png

Any contribution you can make will help us achieve our dream of a modern club the local community is proud of and identifies with.

How we’ll spend the money raised

All the money raised from this appeal will be used directly for phase 1 of the project: renovation of the green and surroundings. This will entail removing  and disposing of the existing turf followed by the  excavation, breaking up and removal of the concrete blocks that anchored the net posts that remain from when the green was a tennis court. The run off ditches that surround the green will then be installed and finally the surface will be prepared and levelled and new turf laid. This will cost in the region of region of £80,000

Community impact

The lifeblood of the club is the continuous recruitment from the local community and we are keen to provide year round facilities. Discussions with local organisations indicates there is a demand from local community groups for meeting and event facilities which the pavilion could fulfil particularly out of season. Discussions will continue with local groups to explore how the use of the pavilion can be enjoyed by the wider community.

National and international competitions including the Commonwealth Games held only 30 miles away have seen an increased interest in the sport also the  emergence  of younger players. The route for these is through grass roots clubs and we  are keen to encourage and offer support to young people locally who have an interest  and show potential


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!

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!


This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Fish and Chips Discount

The original British take-away – Fish and Chips. Feel good for supporting our project and even better after eating a plate of delicious fish and chips from your local chippie with £1 off the cost. It is thanks to the generosity of local businesses we are able to offer this reward The Borough is well served by fish and chip shops so we will be touch when the fund raising finishes to ensure you can obtain yours locally

£5 or more

Half Price Refreshments

What is more British than tea and cakes? Thanks to our transatlantic cousins we can now add coffee into the mix. Welcome to the pop-up café run by The Friends of Wollescote Park where you can partake of half price refreshments (hot drink + cake). The café is situated in the Sensory Garden adjacent to the tennis courts. It is open every Friday in the summer holidays 10.00 – 12.00 https://www.facebook.com/1195783007/videos/500447325574076/

£10 or more

Lottery Ticket

One entry into the Mary Stevens Hospice Xmas Grand Draw 40 cash prices to be won - 1st Prize £5000. For Details of the draw see www.https://www.marystevenshospice.co.uk/lottery

£10 or more

Sports Team availability and selection software

Sports Team availability and selection software A simple to use program for advance team selection. Once set up you can enter an individual’s availability for the season by the use of drop-down boxes and selection for each match/game. The same applies to indicating whether matches are home or away. Playing stats indicate the number of home and away matches and an individual's playing record. for further details: [email protected]

£10 or more

Tea Party

Christina invites you to a Tea Party featuring her famous cakes. She makes the cakes for the teas we provide after our friendly matches. In fact clubs say the only reason they come to Wollescote is for Christina's cakes!. Join her in the relaxing surroundings of Stevens Park and sample for yourself the deliciousness of her fare. You will be contacted with the date in due course. Worth: what wouldn't you pay for such deliciousness

£15 or more

Two Lottery Tickets

Two entries into the Mary Stevens Hospice Xmas Grand Draw 40 cash prices to be won - 1st Prize £5000two entries

£15 or more

Reduced one year membership Pedmore Mens Club

Formed in 1966 the club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from September to May at Pedmore Cricket Club 19.30 for 20.00. Each meeting features varied and interesting speakers as well as an opportunity to converse with fellow members. We also hold regular social events throughout the year. Your reward is a £5 reduction in the first year annual subscription. of £33. Info and contact: www.pedmoremensclub.co.uk

£20 or more

One years club membership and training

£20 pledge receives one years membership with free coaching. New members only

£20 or more

Professional Hairdressing Services (1 of 3)

Free Wash and Blow Dry at Kerri Clarke Hair Hagley. Kerri and her staff are well known established ladies and gents hairdressers and stylists. They have been in Hagley for many years previously trading as Umberto Giannini. www.kerriclarkehair.com\home Worth £30

£20 or more

Sports Coaching

Are you new to your sport and seeking to progress, then lessons with a coach may be what you need. Or maybe you have been playing for a while and want to improve then this is also for you. Two one-hour one-to-one sessions with a Qualified and Insured Sport Coach. DBS registration ensures coaching is available for children as well as adults. A coach is available for cricket and bowls. For further details: [email protected] Worth £100

£20 or more

Professional Hairdressing (2 of 3)

Wash and Blow Dry at Trevor Leddington Brierley Hill. Trever Leddington is an established and respected hairdressers and stylists trading from their premises in the high Street for many years. previously trading as Umberto Giannini. www.kerriclarkehair.com\home Worth £30

£20 or more

Professional Hairdressing Services (3 of 3)

20% discount off Cut and Blow Dry or Mens Haircut. T's Hairdressers is located at 74 Queensway Dy9 9HJ Pedmore. It is a family run salon originally established in March 2000 offering a wide range of unisex traditional and modern styles and services. With a team who have over 36 years experience between them. Facebook: @TsHairdressers

£25 or more

Family size cake - pick one from four

A delicious family size cake baked by Christina a retired professional restaurateur. Christina's cakes are legend in bowling circles. She makes the cakes for the teas we provide after our friendly matches. In fact clubs say the only reason they come to Wollescote is for Christina's cakes! Choose from Victoria Sponge, Coffee and Walnut, Chocolate, Lemmon Drizzle. Dairy free available on request. We will contact you for your choice

£25 or more

Panto Tickets to the Best Show in Town

Mary Stevens Hospice Pantomime company present show stopping special effects, toe tapping songs and breathtaking scenes as the best panto around flies into Stourbridge Town Hall. You will not believe your eyes when you see what our award winning, performers have instore for you…….. this ain’t no ordinary pumpkin pie! Your reward two tickets to the final performance. On 14/2/24 https://www.marystevenshospice.co.uk/event/cinderella-2/

£30 or more

Two Hours Gardening Services

Peter is an experienced gardener of many years standing. In return for your donation he is offering two hours of his time whether that be physical gardening labour or advise. Worth £40. Any queries email [email protected]

£300 or more

Two years banner advertising on club site

A £300 pledge by local businesses and organisations will be rewarded with 2 years banner advertising on the site banner will be provided and printed. for further details: [email protected]

£395 or more

Three years banner advertising on club site

A £395 pledge by local businesses and organisations will be rewarded with 3 years banner advertising on the site banner will be provided and printed. for further details: [email protected]

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