New Bradwell Bowls Club annexe opened

A �35,000 annexe to Bradwell Bowls Club was officially opened at the weekend.

Bowls England official Dennis Cousins and his wife Dawn officially cut the tape watched by members, friends and supporters of the club on Saturday.

Club chairman Eddie MacDonald greeted the guests and gave a potted history of the club’s founding and its progression through to the present day.

He expressed the club’s gratitude to Bradwell Parish Council and Bowls England in helping with funding for the new build; Bowls England loaned �17,000 and the parish council also made a donation. The balance came from the club’s own funds and members.

Mr Cousins cut the tape ribbon in front of the club captain Ken Saward, ladies’ captain Shirley Lloyd, vice-captain Tom Williams and members of the club and committee, and officially declared it opened.

Also present were parish clerk Jeremy Caborn and parish council chairman Ted Howlett.

Mr Cousins, who lives in Cromer and is a past national president and plays at Norfolk Bowling Club, explained how Bowls England supports clubs such as Bradwell throughout the UK with loans towards not only building improvements and structures but also maintenance equipment and machinery. He then presented an engraved plaque to commemorate the opening of the annexe which will be proudly displayed at the entrance.

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The new annexe provides additional changing rooms and toilet facilities as well as a larger store room, which will enable further improvements to be made to the existing clubhouse facilities which are planned for the kitchen and meeting areas.