Tiverton West End Bowling Club formally opened its refurbished club house in a ceremony held on Friday, May 6 – 100 years to the day that the club was formed in 1911.
The new clubroom will provide a larger, improved social area, new kitchen, changing rooms, accessible toilet and better access for disabled people. The new layout is more suitable for year-round use for both the club and local community. Much of the work was carried out by bowls club volunteers with an average age of 70.
Sir Ian Amory formally opened the new club house – a link with the past as it was his grandmother who opened the original club in 1911.
Mid Devon District Council was delighted to help the club, which is situated in Westexe Park, secure grant funding to complete the refurbishment project.
“The club contacted the Council after its initial grant application to the Lottery was rejected,” said Grants Officer, Paul Tucker. “We helped the club restructure the bid and secure the grant. The new club house can be used all year and is suitable for other community organisations to hire.”