|They're Bowled Over
Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser
14th May 1999
A bowls challenge between representing Awsworth Parish Council and the Village Bowls Club has marked the official opening of a 'new' pavilion.
A dedicated group of sporting pensioners led by Doug Lakin, Syd Meakin, Charles Turner and John Hadfield, have transformed a dilapidated building into 'a pavilion to be proud of'
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In recent years the council has considered replacing the building, situated behind Awsworth Village Hall, but plans were put on hold until an approach was made by the Bowls Club's representatives offering expertise and willing hands, the bowls club's proposals to undertake the work themselves was, after careful consideration approved by the council who agreed to provide financial support for the project.
For the past four months the bowls club's volunteers, motivated by their inspirational planner and 'expert' Doug Lakin have given the building a complete makeover.
The front elevation has been rebuilt and covered with shiplap. Marine ply has been added and new windows and shutters fitted.
The results are a credit to all involved said Awsworth Parish Council Chairman David Buxton.
"They have completed 'mission impossible' and have a pavilion to be proud of."
Bowls Club Captain Phil Healey, from Ilkeston, said the transformation was 'unbelievable.'
"Doug and his team have worked miracles spending hours of their time on a labour of love for the club."
Vice Captain Dave Parnham endorsed his captain's sentiments: "All the players are over the moon. I just hope that the new pavilion will escape the clutches of the vandals. It would be a great shame to see all that hard work wasted," he said.
Cutting a ribbon to officially open the new bowls pavilion Councillor Buxton, assisted by Doug Lakin, John Hadfield and Veronica Faulks (Bowls Club Chair man) said:
"This marks the beginning of a new era for the bowls club."
Fittingly, a bowls challenge match between the council's representatives and Awsworth Bowls Club, marked the official opening. The result was a resounding victory for the bowls club.
The club, which has around 30 members now, intends to go to town on the inside of the pavilion carrying out repairs, installing new furniture, a sink, and carpet on the floor.