Local Club Bowled Over by McCarthy & Stone Donation
Founded in 1902 – and having the honour of being the oldest surviving bowling club in Colchester – Colchester Bowling Club welcomes members of all ages and abilities, and there is also a thriving social side to the club which non-players are invited to be part of. While its Clubhouse and green are situated in Ardleigh, club members and patrons live in and around the Colchester area.
McCarthy and Stone, the developer behind the new Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butts Road in Colchester, has given Colchester Bowling Club a welcome boost with a £250 donation.
Area Sales Manager, Chad Goldsmith, presented Club President, Sylvia Nudds, with a cheque which will help fund an upgrade of the Club’s kitchen worktops.
Mrs Nudds said: “We are very grateful to McCarthy and Stone for its generous donation. As a club that is almost 120 years old, we value our place within the Colchester community, and support from local businesses plays an important role in keeping our club running.
“Covid-19 has brought many challenges for clubs such as ours. We have been unable to host visiting teams for friendly games since April – when the competitive season was also suspended – and this impacts on our revenue; however, we are fortunate to have a loyal membership base and it’s been good to see local people returning to play bowls and to enjoy a drink outside the clubhouse. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to recommence competitive matches when the new season resumes next April and, in the meantime, we continue to encourage safe participation in bowls at our club.”
Julie Ward, Divisional Sales Director at McCarthy and Stone London and South East, added: “Here at McCarthy and Stone, we appreciate our responsibilities go further than building high-quality retirement apartments - we also seek to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build.
“Colchester Bowling Club recognises the importance of bringing local people together to enjoy sporting and social activities, and it is working hard to adapt to the challenges of Covid-19 to ensure its members and patrons are still able to make the most of its facilities and the opportunities the club brings for safely socialising and interacting with others. The team at McCarthy and Stone’s Lancer House development wishes the club every success with its ongoing commitment to promote and foster the game of bowls.”