Club’s grant to improve its green and facilities

Dukes Park Bowling Club
Dukes Park Bowling Club

Dukes Park Bowls Club is celebrating after seeing off hundreds of applicants to be crowned a Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving winner.

The club is one of more than 160 around the county to be awarded £500 after securing a big enough proportion of the 27,000 votes cast.

Dukes Park offers older members of the Bridlington community an opportunity for friendship, pursuit of an active lifestyle and community spirit.

The group will use the funding to improve and upgrade the bowling greensand improve security at the club. Having adequate security measures will safeguard the clubhouse and greens and means the club has a safe and secure environment to operate in.

Any money left over will be spent on installing hot water and constructing wheelchair access to the pavilion and toilets.

Dukes Park is run by volunteers who have previously struggled to secure funding.

After making it through to shortlisting stage, the UK’s fourth largest building society profiled each group on their website and asked the public to vote for who they thought was the most deserving.

Chris Wainwright, Skipton Building Society’s regional manager, said: “The Grassroots Giving programme is a fantastic scheme, allowing us to really delve into the heart of our local community.

“We love being able to help small, self-funded groups and give them the boost that they both need and deserve.

“It is inspiring to see so many brilliant local community and voluntary groups working hard to improve our local community and it is with great pleasure that we are able to help them continue their work.

“Typically these grassroots groups struggle to secure vital funding due to their size, and this is something we wanted to change when we launched this pioneering initiative.

“We now look forward to hearing how this funding has impacted the groups and seeing them continue to flourish as the jewels in the crown of their local communities.”