STONEHAVEN Bowling Club have applied for planning permission for the external refurbishment of the wall and roof cladding of the indoor bowling rink.
If granted, this is one of a series of refurbishment projects underway at the Recreation Grounds, where the staff have also been using some of the quieter periods to refresh the bar areas with some painting and new lighting.
Recreation Grounds trustee Stuart Alexander has shared the following update:
Please remember the club is fully open to the public and no membership is required to buy a drink at the bar – there are plenty of outside tables and they can be quite sunny even at this time of year!
The Recreation Grounds suffered a severe drop in income in the initial stages of the Covid pandemic. The caravan site could not open, the café and bars were closed and all recreation activities were stopped. Staff were put on furlough and with uncertain revenues heading in to the summer we applied to the available government support schemes (the Third Sector Resilience Fund and the Government Business Support Fund for retail, hospitality and leisure).
Happily we were successful and the grants have allowed us to implement Covid measures such as purchasing a fogger to decontaminate the stadium and function areas, implementing social distancing layouts in the bar section and pay the employer proportion of wages for staff on the furlough scheme.
Whilst the viability of the Grounds as a going concern is the main priority of the grant monies, certain maintenance issues have become pressing. The roof of the indoor bowling stadium (which was constructed in the mid-80s) has had problems with leaks and corrosion and these will be partially addressed with new cladding on the east side of the building which suffers the most from the weather.
In addition, the windows in the Terryanne café overlooking the top outdoor bowling green were in a very bad state of repair, letting in water and providing poor insulation. Grant monies have also been used to fund the replacement of these windows and they were installed this weekend (27th November).
The indoor bowling club has just over a hundred members this year and is always happy to welcome anyone wanting to join whether experienced or to take up the sport.
Tennis membership is up this year (over 300) with a number of new members keen to play when other activities have been prevented due to Covid.
The Trustees continue to explore opportunities to involve other sports groups at the grounds and we hope to be able to confirm some developments on this soon.