Club bowled over by grant for new cutting equipment

South Shields Bowling Club members, from left, Ted Jameson, Ian Riches and Eddie Dent and Coun Eileen Leask with their new grass-cutting gear.
South Shields Bowling Club members, from left, Ted Jameson, Ian Riches and Eddie Dent and Coun Eileen Leask with their new grass-cutting gear.

A bowling club’s greens are now looking trim, thanks to a funding boost.

South Shields Bowling Club had been forced to make do with outdated cutting equipment for years, but now, thanks to a grant from the Sita Trust, it has been able to afford new lawnmowing gear.

The equipment kept breaking down and it was costing a small fortune to maintain it.

Eddie Dent

Eddie Dent, treasurer of the Jack Clark Park club, said: ”The equipment we had was more than 20 years old, and it was no longer fit for purpose.

“The equipment kept breaking down, and it was costing a small fortune to maintain it.

“It was quite heavy, and it would take the lads more than two and a half hours to cut the grass, and they are volunteers.

“We applied for funding from the Sita Trust and were pleased when we were told we had been successful.

“The machines mean it doesn’t take the lads as long to cut the grass and it is also providing a better quality finish.

“We’ve already had a lot of good feedback from bowlers from outside our club.”

The grant application was supported by then mayor of South Tyneside and ward councillor for Horsley Hill, Eileen Leask.

Mr Dent added: “When we were applying for the funding, Coun Leask, who was the then mayor, wrote a letter of support for our application, which we were very grateful for.”

Jack Clark Park, in Horsley Hill Road, is home to both an outdoor and indoor bowls club, as well as a junior bowling section.

The Sita Trust, run by the national waste management company of the same name, is dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life.

The trust supports community improvement projects in various parts of the country which are home to sites owned by the recycling and resource company.

For information on Sita or to find out more about the funding available, visit www.sitatrust.org.uk

For information on either of the bowling clubs, contact 4542023 or visit www.stibc1.webeden.co.uk