A small village near Easingwold is ‘rolling up’ in style thanks to council cash.

St Cuthbert’s Short Mat Bowling Club in Crayke used the grant from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Awards’ to purchase two new indoor bowling mats and some room dividers.

The club has an active playing membership of twenty adults aged between 60 and 90 who play in four leagues plus social bowling for the older members.

“We have been using second hand and deteriorating old mats to play on,” said Pete Davies, Fixtures Secretary.

“The new mats will enable us to retain our place in the four leagues and expand our social bowling, whilst the room dividers will enable more activities to be catered for in the hall.”

Ward Member, Councillor Geoff Ellis who supported the project, added, “It is great to be able to help villages like Crayke with projects that they otherwise would not be able to afford themselves. The grant supports the council’s priority for enhancing health and wellbeing by increasing participation in a physical activity and supports an aging population.”

The Club is actively seeking experienced bowlers to join its league programme and looking for new bowlers to join its social bowling club. Free coaching will be available at the Friday social bowling sessions which start in September and run until March. For more information contact Pete Davies on 01347824821, or email pete.davies48@tiscali.co.uk.

  • Cash for the scheme comes from an ongoing cost saving exercise by the council that members have agreed to reinvest in the community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – supporting economic growth, improving health and wellbeing, improving access to services and supporting a changing population.    And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.