Grant will help keep bowlers dry

Bruce Sibbett, 9, Ruth Sibbett and grandparents Jean and Bob Sibbett

Bruce Sibbett, 9, Ruth Sibbett and grandparents Jean and Bob Sibbett

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Bowlers held an open day to celebrate being awarded a grant to repair the roof over their indoor green.

Kettering Lodge Bowling Club, in Northampton Road, was awarded £26,000 by the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund to repair the roof, which is more than 20 years old and leaks.

Carol Grant, the club secretary, said: “Brian Langton, the facilitator, worked tirelessly and spent many, many hours filling out the forms for the grant and we owe him a great deal of gratitude.”

The club was founded in 1880 as an outdoor club, based in Headlands, and moved to its present base in 1900. It is the only indoor club in Kettering and the only club in the borough with an indoor and outdoor green on the same site.

Carol added: “The club has about 250 members of all ages, from eight to 96, but we are always looking for new members and can lend them equipment when they start, and coaching is available.”

Bowls secretary Geoff Thomas, a national umpire, said: “Bowling is a gentle competitive sport where you can get some gentle exercise, and you can play all year round without getting wet. Anyone can bowl from primary schoolchildren through to the old, and you can play to whatever level you want, from novice to international standard.”

The MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, also visited the club today (Sunday, February 24) chat to members and congratulate them on receiving the grant, which is part of the London Olympics legacy.

For details about Kettering Lodge Bowling Club go to www.ketteringlodge-bowls.co.uk