Bowling club benefits from Banks money

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Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Club members are set to replace their old surface with the help of a generous grant of £5,500, awarded from the Banks Community Fund.

Their bowling green has worn away somewhat through years of use and the underlay had begun to disintegrate.

Now, thanks to the grant from the Banks Community Fund, the charitable fund set up by Hamilton-based property and renewable energy business the Banks Group, the club will be able to relay the playing area, resulting in a better surface than ever before.

Club officials are delighted with the backing from Banks, which they say will benefit the entire community, as the bowling green is used as a hub for local schools, mothers and children, and also those with disabilities and impairments.

A spokesman for the club said: “Over time, materials start to wear and tear.

“The underlay we use was already second hand, but now it’s just unuseable.

“The grant will make a huge difference as it will allow us to invest in a brand new underlay.

“The club has been open for almost 20 years now and is a real hub of the community. We run a club via the local schools called Super Bowl, we have hosted a Hawick music festival and the club is also used by the Heart and Stroke and Disability groups to host their meetings.

“There is a real sense of community spirit here and we are grateful to Banks for giving us the opportunity to make these much needed improvements.”

Banks Renewables, part of the Banks Group, submitted proposals for its 15-turbine Birneyknowe Wind Farm between Hawick and Bonchester Bridge and is currently awaiting planning determination from The Scottish Government’s Energy Consent and Deployment Unit and the Scottish Borders Council.

If the plans are approved, a community fund would be set up that could generate up to £300,000 a year, and could also deliver direct funding into local community groups and environmental projects.

Miles Crossley, senior business development manager at Banks Renewables, said: “We’re delighted to help the bowling club with the grant to resurface their green.

“It’s very obvious that the club is not just for bowlers and it’s great to see that it is 
such a key hub for the community.

“We work with the local communities on all of our wind farm proposals. We want to create lasting improvements that are beneficial to locals in and around Hawick to provide them with a better quality of community life, in addition to providing investment and jobs during the 
construction phase and, of course, with clean, green energy once it is built and in operation.”

Community projects in the vicinity of Banks’ proposed Birneyknowe wind farm that are looking for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.