Members of a bowling club in West Tanfield, Yorkshire, are celebrating the opening of a new clubhouse following a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
With the old clubhouse in need of major renovation, West Tanfield Bowling Club is benefitting from a brand-new building with much-improved facilities.
The project was made possible thanks to a grant of nearly £40,000 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. Additional funding was provided by Tanfield Parish Council, enabling the installation of disabled access and the creation of a new community garden onsite.
John Grove, chair of West Tanfield Bowling Club, said: “The new clubhouse is a tremendous improvement and has given the club the impetus to move forward. Since we have had the new building, membership has increased and further developments are planned.
“We would like to thank both Tarmac and Tanfield Parish Council for their contribution towards making this happen.”
Emma Smith, community engagement manager at Tarmac, said: “It’s wonderful to see the results of such a worthwhile community project which obviously means so much to many people in the area. It was also great to hear about all the hard work that had gone into completing the project, and I really enjoyed meeting so many members who were keen to share their stories and memories of the club.
“We hope the new clubhouse will be enjoyed by members of the local community for many years to come.”
West Tanfield Bowling Club was founded in 1952 and has around 40 members from the village and surrounding area.