Thursday, 23 August 2007


Sourced from West Briton - 23rd August 2007

09:00 - 23 August 2007

Mabe Short Mat Bowls Club has secured two grants towards the cost of a machine which will make life easier for members.The club has been awarded just over £1,000 from Kerrier's Community Grant Scheme and a further £2,780 from the Lottery's Awards for All coffers.

The money will go towards the £4,000 needed to buy an Electrowind, a electric short mat carpet storage and handling unit. The shortfall will be made up by club, which has been holding various fundraising events. The machine will be one of the first manufactured in this country.

Club secretary Keith Bryant said: "Mabe Indoor Bowls Club, like many other clubs, has a large number of elderly members who like to bowl both for fun and competitively during the winter months.

"The main item of equipment used indoors is a bowls mat, 45 feet long and six feet wide. Mabe Community Hall accommodates two of these mats for competitive matches.

"The mats are very heavy and need to be rolled up and stored after every bowling session, somewhat difficult for the elderly members two to three times a week. Therefore the committee decided it would try to obtain some assistance for the membership, to allow all the present members and hopefully some new members, to take part without too much stress or injury."

That is where the Electrowind machine comes in. The new unit is due to be commissioned at a short ceremony at Mabe Community Hall on September 7.

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