Basingstoke Town Bowling Club
In 2018 Basingstoke Town Bowling Club made the decision to improve our club by making it more inclusive and accessible to a new sector of the community.
With the help of a grant from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s Local Infrastructure Fund, the club is developing facilities to enable those with a variety of disabilities, including wheelchair users, to access our green.
The builders started in October 2019 and by the beginning of the new season the clubhouse, changing rooms and green will be accessible via ramps and there will be a disabled toilet within the clubhouse. This will also improve the facility for existing members in terms of health and safety.
We continue to raise funds to purchase equipment to assist with a variety of disabilities including adaptable wheelchairs and portable access steps.
There will be a grand opening of the new facility starting at 10.00am on Saturday 30th May. National bowling organisations including Disability Bowls (DBE), British Wheelchair Bowling Association (BWBA), Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE) and Deaf Bowls England will be exhibiting their talents during the day. In conjunction with the Basingstoke & District Disability Forum, the Club will be inviting local disabled organisations along to this event to showcase the facility and it’s opportunities.
On Saturday 13th June the Club will also be hosting an ‘Open Day’ in support of the national ‘Get Active’ campaign. A great opportunity for the whole community, young and old, to come along and enjoy what the facility has to offer and to give lawn bowls a try. You will always find a welcome at ‘The Town’.
One of the companies who have supported the changes to our Club is John Lewis who through their token scheme have donated £660.00 towards the purchase of specialised equipment for bowlers with disabilities. Above is a photograph of the presentation of the cheque.