Feature: Centre of Moray village life needs some TLC

TIME AND THE RAVAGES of weather are beginning to show at a local community bowling club – but now the community is rallying around to put things right.

Members of supporters of the Garmouth and Kingston Bowling Club have always rallied to conduct their own maintenance of the grounds – however, needs are now such that a real fundraising effort is required.

The grounds are well used – attracting around 500 bowlers each summer, with the club the centre of social activity. The club house is also used by the local Arts group – and debunking the idea that bowls is a “old man’s game’ the club also runs classes for children attending local primary school.

In total £7000 is required to repair the structure of the clubhouse, build a fence around the north-east side and reinforce the ditch as well as replacing the stones around the bowling green.

The fundraising has started with Scotmid awarding the club £350 towards the cost of tools and protection equipment required for future projects. Club President Jim Bingham said: “The money given to us by Scotmid may seem small but it will go a long way to help us carry out the joinery work and other associated works next year.

“The hedge on the river side of the green has been blown apart and the erection of a fence there will make a big difference to the comfort of the players and guests as well as make the green more secure.”

Anyone wishing further information and who may wish to make a donation to the restoration fund is being asked to contact Jim Bingham on 01343 870267.