Short Mat Bowling Club gets new equipment thanks to local grants

Published: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Council's Capital Community Fund provides £2,500.

St Andrew’s Short Mat Bowling Club has proudly purchased new much needed equipment, after receiving a £2,500 grant from Kettering Borough Council’s Capital Community Fund. 

The club unveiled their new ElectroWind Vertigo mat winding machine to excited club members on 21st November, following the installation by the supplier, Whitehead Bowls. The remaining funding for the new machine, which is worth more than £5,500, was provided by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

The new electric mat roller will greatly help the club members (approximately 25 seniors, with various disabilities) who will no longer have to ‘man handle’ the heavy mats from the store room into the hall and roll out, and then roll up the mats again at the end of play and return them to the storeroom. The new equipment will enable all members to take part in setting up the hall and allow the club to function into the future.

Kettering Borough Council’s Grant Schemes support voluntary and community groups to carry out activities that enhance the quality of life for local residents and increase their involvement within the community. The Capital Community Fund ranges from £500 to £2,500. It is open to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:
Community based projects
Environmental improvements
Health and Safety Improvements

Grant guidelines and applications are available online at Alternatively, you can contact the Council’s Grants Officer on 01536 534 374 or e-mail Preference will normally be given to projects where some form of match funding exists.

Michael Brooks, Chairman & Secretary of St Andrew’s Short Mat Bowling Club, said:
“On behalf of St Andrew’s Short Mat Bowling Club, I would like to say a huge thank you to Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Community Foundation for their support. Bowls, particularly for the more senior members of the community, provides excellent physical exercise and mental stimulus and we’re delighted that this much needed equipment will greatly benefit the club and hopefully attract more members.”     

Cllr Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said:
“Providing a helping hand to organisations that deliver projects that make a real difference to local people is central to the Council’s Community Fund and is something we are very proud of. Despite the financial pressures local councils are facing, we have continued to provide this vital funding to local community organisations. The new electric mat roller at St Andrew’s Short Mat Bowling Club looks great and will be a big benefit to their community” 

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“It’s vitally important that groups that work hard to improve the local community are able to access funding through grant schemes, and we are pleased to invite their applications. I would encourage anyone involved in groups that may benefit from a Community Grant to consider the criteria and make sure they apply before any deadlines”.