Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cash Aid a Cut above for Bowlers of Byker; BOWLS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cash Aid a Cut above for Bowlers of Byker; BOWLS

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A HISTORIC bowling club in Newcastle's East End has staved off closure for a second time - thanks to a vital grant from Byker Community Trust.

With its ageing grass cutter no longer up to the job and members struggling to raise the money to replace it, Byker Village Bowling Club faced possible closure with just eight years to go before its centenary.

Now the club has been saved, thanks to a grant of PS8,000 from the Trust.

The club was one of 13 local groups to benefit from the first round of BCT's Participatory Budget Scheme.

The grant paid for a new grass cutter, as well as storage equipment for the Headlam Streetbased club. Club secretary Alec Lamb said: "The new equipment is an absolute godsend.

"We have to comply with national requirements from the English Bowls Association to compete in local leagues and other teams often complained about the state of the green.

"The old grass cutter was second hand when we bought it eight years ago and was constantly breaking. …

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