VODA VS Collingwood Bowling Club - Take 3!

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The sun was shining for VODA's third annual match with Collingwood Bowling Club - and a fantastic afternoon was had by all.

The friendly charity match has become a fixture on the calendar's of the two North Tyneside charities, as a celebration of the close working relationship and the club's ongoing success and development.

After taking over a disused bowling green on Heaton Terrace from North Tyneside Council in 2015, the club needed to raise funds to help bring the green back in to a playable state.  Club Trustee Alan Hall said: “When we inherited the green we could tell there was an awful lot of work needed to bring it back to its former glory. The other members were all up for the challenge but we knew we needed some support.” The club contacted VODA and have worked with the team ever since, receiving advice on everything from developing a new constitution, writing funding applications and even registering as a charity, which they did late last year.

The club has been hugely successful in raising over £29,000 from many generous local companies and various funders for new equipment and greens care products, including a sprinkler system and lawn maintenance tools. A recent grant from the Active North Tyneside Fund has allowed the club to purchase some additional new guest bowls sets and offer free taster sessions on Saturday mornings for anyone interested in taking up the sport. 

“We’re extremely grateful to VODA for all of the advice and support we’ve received and arranging this bowling match is just our little way of saying thank you,” continues Alan.  “It’s a great afternoon and a chance to share our knowledge and skills about the game with people who’ve helped us get to where we are today.” 

VODA are currently working with Collingwood Bowling Club on their plans to extend their pavilion – the club has already received professional advice from a local architect and structural engineer through VODA’s Sector Connector project, and VODA is continuing to work with the members on identifying potential sources of funding for the plans, which they hope to commence later this year.

Frank Gillender, VODA’s Funding Adviser said: “Collingwood are a great example of what a community sports group can achieve. Their members and volunteers have been very ambitious and worked so hard to transform the club – it’s now an integral part of the community. We thoroughly enjoy our annual matches with them and look forward to many more in the future.”

One of the club’s newest members is Helen Jobe from Shiremoor, who was persuaded to take up the sport by her husband, George. “Bowls was always my husband’s game,” Helen said, “but last year we did a tour of bowling clubs in Jersey and I was encouraged to give it a go and now I’m hooked. It’s a very sociable game and it’s great to see people of all ages enjoying it.”

Alan Hall sums up the Club’s achievements over the past three years: “As a consequence of the efforts of our members, volunteers and the staff at VODA, our green is now in a much improved condition. Our membership has doubled and brought many new starters in to the sport. The age range of our club is from 12 to 90, male and female, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming anyone else interested in giving bowls a go.” 

Collingwood are holding free taster sessions on Saturday mornings throughout July and August (excluding 22 July), from 10am to 12.30pm at Heaton Terrace, North Shields, NE29 7LY. Visit the website or contact Collingwood Bowling Club on 0191 257 1523 for more information.

See all the pictures from the event here.

 

After taking over a disused bowling green on Heaton Terrace from North Tyneside Council in 2015, the club needed to raise funds to help bring the green back in to a playable state.  Club Trustee Alan Hall said: “When we inherited the green we could tell there was an awful lot of work needed to bring it back to its former glory. The other members were all up for the challenge but we knew we needed some support.” The club have worked with VODA ever since, receiving advice on everything from developing a new constitution, writing funding applications and even registering as a charity, which they did late last year.

The club has been hugely successful in raising over £29,000 from many generous local companies and various funders for new equipment and greens care products, including a sprinkler system and lawn maintenance tools. A recent grant from the Active North Tyneside Fund has allowed the club to purchase some additional new guest bowls sets and offer free taster sessions on Saturday mornings for anyone interested in taking up the sport.

“We’re extremely grateful to VODA for all of the advice and support we’ve received and arranging this bowling match is just our little way of saying thank you,” continues Alan.  “It’s a great afternoon and a chance to share our knowledge and skills about the game with people who’ve helped us get to where we are today.”

VODA are currently working with Collingwood Bowling Club on their plans to extend their pavilion – the club has already received professional advice from a local architect and structural engineer through VODA’s Sector Connector project, and VODA is continuing to work with the members on identifying potential sources of funding for the plans, which they hope to commence later this year.

Frank Gillender, VODA’s Funding Adviser said: “Collingwood are a great example of what a community sports group can achieve. Their members and volunteers have been very ambitious and worked so hard to transform the club – it’s now an integral part of the community. We thoroughly enjoy our annual matches with them and look forward to many more in the future.”

One of the club’s newest members is Helen Jobe from Shiremoor, who was persuaded to take up the sport by her husband, George. “Bowls was always my husband’s game,” Helen said, “but last year we did a tour of bowling clubs in Jersey and I was encouraged to give it a go and now I’m hooked. It’s a very sociable game and it’s great to see people of all ages enjoying it.”

Alan Hall sums up the Club’s achievements over the past three years: “As a consequence of the efforts of our members, volunteers and the staff at VODA, our green is now in a much improved condition. Our membership has doubled and brought many new starters in to the sport. The age range of our club is from 12 to 90, male and female, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming anyone else interested in giving bowls a go.”

Collingwood are holding free taster sessions on Saturday mornings throughout July and August (excluding 22 July), from 10am to 12.30pm at Heaton Terrace, North Shields, NE29 7LY. Contact the club on 0191 257 1523 for more information.

 

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