Wellingborough Golf Club shows off improvements

David Waite, Clive Millward and Alan Robinson with the restored garden pavilion
David Waite, Clive Millward and Alan Robinson with the restored garden pavilion
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A golf club has received a cash grant to help pay for vital improvement works in and around the estate.

People taking to the greens at Wellingborough Golf Club can now enjoy the improvements made around the 18-hole course thanks to grant aid from the Country Houses Foundation.

Wellingborough Golf Club Company Limited has owned and occupied Harrowden Hall, near Wellingborough, since 1975.

The main building was re-constructed in the early 18th century and is Grade I listed.

The walls to the estate and the parkland, containing the golf course, are also listed.

Due to the listed status, a significant proportion of the club’s annual budget is committed to repairing and maintaining the hall and grounds and some works have had to be deferred due to a shortage of funds.

The club takes its responsibility for maintaining the hall and grounds very seriously and in late 2010 general manager David Waite commissioned a review of potential grant providers to try and identify possible sources of financial support.

In October 2011, the club submitted an application to the Country Houses Foundation for grant aid towards the cost of restoring a garden pavilion and providing permanent buttressing and replacement copings to some of the boundary walls.

The Country Houses Foundation is a charitable foundation which was established in 2005 with the aim of advancing the preservation of buildings of sufficient historic or architectural significance for the public’s benefit.

The application was supported by Wellingborough Council’s design and conservation officer and in December 2011, the private members’ club was thrilled to find out that the foundation had approved a grant of £50,000 towards the total cost of the works with the balance to be met from the club’s own resources.

General manager David Waite said: “The chairman and trustees of Wellingborough Golf Club Company Limited are very pleased to place on record their gratitude to the chairman, trustees and secretary of the Country Houses Foundation for their support in helping to preserve Harrowden Hall and its grounds.”

All the work at the golf club, which is set in more than 160 acres of private grounds, was completed in the autumn.

For more details about the golf club go to the www.wellingboroughgolfclub.com website.