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Grant Park Bowling Club using Berry Burn Community Funding to upgrade green


By Garry McCartney

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Jim Hasman, Robert Coutts, George Fairclough, Lesley Coutts, Donnie Anderson, Neil Dallas and Alan James. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Jim Hasman, Robert Coutts, George Fairclough, Lesley Coutts, Donnie Anderson, Neil Dallas and Alan James. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

A LOCAL sports club is using more than £8000 generated by natural energy to upgrade its playing field.

Grant Park Bowling Club is investing £8400 from the Berry Burn wind farm Community Fund in new wooden timbers for the bowling green circumference.

Club secretary, Bob Cutts, is grateful for the support.

He said: “All of our members are over the moon with the very generous award to help replace wooden green supports that run around the edge which are rotting away.

“Without replacement, the green would become unusable.”

He added: “The Active Schools club we run in the summer would have been under threat and members would lose, not only a place to keep active in the fresh air, but a chance to socialise.

“This money ensures that the green is healthy and those who use it are too!”

The donated steps and the green supports around the edge of the green to be replaced. Pictures: Daniel Forsyth
The donated steps and the green supports around the edge of the green to be replaced. Pictures: Daniel Forsyth

The club approached local firm AJ Engineering to help with replacement steps to access the green when the old wooden ones became unsafe for young and older members.

“AJE made new metal steps for us,” said Mr Cutts. “They informed us they were going to gift them to us, made them and fitted them too.

“It’s good to know that after the last 18 months when much of the club’s funds have been depleted and with no other income coming in, a local business would do such a thing for us.

“We are very thankful for their generosity.”

Having lost members during the pandemic, Grant Park Bowling Club is recruiting new players.

Mr Cutts said: “We are run by volunteers so increased membership will help us.

“We are trying to attract younger people to bowling. It’s an inclusive sport for any gender or ability and we welcome anyone who wants to give it a go. You don’t need equipment other than flat shoes - bowls can be provided and free tuition is available.

“We want to ensure we are still going strong for Grant Park Bowling Club’s centenary celebrations in 2024.”

For more information call 01309 692145 or email gpbc.forres@gmail.com.



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