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Gt Harwood Bowling at Lowerfold Park

Gt Harwood Bowling Club has played on the green at Lowerfold Park for over one hundred years but ten years ago its facilities were condemned by the council. They were told that the pavilion wasn’t fit for purpose and they had no access to toilets or kitchen facilities. Without facilities the bowling club was not allowed to hold competitions either, something most bowlers look forward to.

Five years ago some of the remaining bowlers decided to take action, formed a new committee and saved the future of their beloved bowling club. The committee explained their predicament to the leader of the local council Miles Parkinson who was keen to support them. The council parks department identified a disused storage building in the park, which the council has agreed to refurbish.

The building however is a short walk away from the bowling green and the bowlers identified that they would need two new shelters near the green for bowlers to shelter from the inclement weather. The committee decided to take action and fundraise for some shelters. From car boots to competitions, writing grant applications and receiving funds from the Eric Wright Foundation, Crown Green Bowling Association and Gt Harwood Tesco Community Grants Scheme. The club also received support from Lancashire County Council through local councillors members Noordad Aziz and Carole Haythornthwaite. The bowlers sought every opportunity and raised £4150 which was kindly match funded by Hyndburn Borough Council to raise a grand total of £8000.

There are many health benefits of bowling, it is considered as gentle exercise which can help maintain and improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination and the beauty of bowling is that you don’t need to wear any fancy fitness clothes, just a pair of flat shoes.

Most bowlers comment that through the activity they have made some really good friends. Pauline shares her story in this short video…

Lowerfold Bowling Club currently has forty members and in addition the green is used by three other bowling teams. To enable more people to participate, games are held on Tuesday afternoons, Monday and Wednesday evenings whilst competitions are generally held at weekends.

The club welcome people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to join them and will be running free taster sessions throughout the summer where people can come along and have a go!

If you are interested in taking up bowling, wish to find out more and/or arrange a taster session, please contact Michael by calling 07806 713 31 or email michaelgerrard680@btinternet.com

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