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Swale club bowled over by insulation grant

By East Kent Gazette  |  Posted: June 15, 2011

Joyce Fuller of the Sittingbourne Society presents club chairman John Spann (left) and chairman of the board Paul Barnicott with a cheque for £7,500

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PLAYING conditions at a thriving bowls club are set to improve thanks to a grant.

Users of Swale Indoor Bowling Club in Milton can expect to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter thanks to the completion of work to insulate the walls and ceiling.

The cost of the improvements has been nearly £40,000, which was raised thanks to a number of social events as well as two payouts from the John George Jordan bequest fund, the most recent for £7,500.

Club chairman John Spann said it had been fantastic to receive the large donations, which will benefit everyone who uses the Vicarage Road building. "When the club was first built it was like a warehouse building and like an oven in summer and a fridge in winter," he said.

"The insulation will help us save money in the long term and make playing more comfortable."

He added that it would also solve the problem of children and even dogs running in when the heat made it necessary to open side doors.

Next on the agenda is replacing the playing surface carpeting underlay, an investment of £20,000, which will require the club to close for about a week from July 11, said Mr Spann.

Anyone interested in playing indoor bowls should contact the club for more information on 01795 421222.

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