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Correspondence Local clubs


LIVERPOOL MOSSLEY HILL M


ossley Hill Athletics Club in south Liverpool has marked the opening


of its crown bowling green with a friendly match against Rainford Northerners. The match was played on


18 March on the club’s impressive all-weather surface, built with the help of a £50,000 grant from Sport England and part of the club’s continuing commitment to deliver sporting opportunities for all ages and abilities. Mossley Hill Athletics Club Chairman Arthur Carson was delighted with the event. He said: “It was a fabulous


day and it was a nice introduction for us.”


He added: “The game was played in the right spirit and it


ATHLETICS CLUB NEW GREEN OPENED WITH GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP WORDS BY BARRY STRAIN


was very refreshing to see such good sportsmanship between the two sides.” The bowlers will soon get a


taste of competitive action as they will play in the Garston Midweek League and the City of Liverpool Pensioners League this season. The club also has facilities for


physically disabled people and plans to hold matches for players with special needs. The bowls section already has 81 members, and Arthur has been pleasantly surprised with the amount of interest being shown by the local community. He said: “We’re very happy with the interest many people have shown. For a new club to have this response is great.”


DORSET


NEW CLUBHOUSE SIXPENNY HANDLEY


BOWLS CLUB MEMBERS’ DIY APPROACH PAYS OFF WORDS BY BARRY STRAIN


T


he hard-working members of Sixpenny Handley Bowls Club in Dorset have


celebrated opening their new clubhouse – after spending weeks building it themselves. The 15m x 4.5m clubhouse came as a wooden kit at the end of February and the bowlers worked tirelessly to get it ready for the start of the outdoor season. Cometh the day (21 April) cometh the man, in the form of Sixpenny Handley Parish Council Chairman David Lockyer, who performed the official opening. The bowls club members had


previously shared a clubhouse with the village’s cricket, rugby and football teams, which led to problems scheduling matches and social events. So the club members raised


£20,000 in nine months after gaining planning permission from


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East Dorset District Council. The Cranborne Chase and


West Wilshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, SYNERGY Housing and The Community Foundation of Bournemouth’s Social Inclusion Fund all donated money to the cause. Sixpenny Handley businesses and the parish council also supported the project while members raised funds by holding a spring fayre, beetle drives, quizzes, social functions and auctioning donated items. The club received letters of


support from Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE, Dorset County Bowling Association and East Devon District Council. Members invited local people for


games of bowls and refreshments to mark the opening of their new home.


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