We’re just bowled over by teamwork to do up our club

GREAT EFFORT Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, centre, pictured with club president Paul Grocutt, 66 and member Ellis ''Sweetenham, 16.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (110883-3)
GREAT EFFORT Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, centre, pictured with club president Paul Grocutt, 66 and member Ellis ''Sweetenham, 16. Picture: Paul Jacobs (110883-3)
Picture: Isle of Wight Radio/PA Wire

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WHEN a Gosport bowling club became too popular it turned to its members to help.

And thanks to a team of builders, carpenters and electricians drawn from its membership and £13,000 the club raised, it’s now got a new extension.

MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage officially opened the extension at Rowner Bowling Club.

Member Jackie Grocutt said: ‘We were getting so popular that we thought we needed to build an extension. We do a lot of social activities throughout the year.

‘We did go out to the members to see if there was anybody willing to give donations or loans to us.

‘All of our members agreed that they wanted a bigger club.

‘They really did work very hard between them and everybody else that was able to helped.

‘I think it’s wonderful. The whole club pulled together. It looks lovely, it’s just an extension of the main pavilion.

‘A lot of them are coming from other clubs because they like what they see and they like the friends that we have.’

Mrs Grocutt added that it’s encouraging to see younger members join the club.

‘I think it’s lovely,’ she said.

‘We need the youngsters to keep the club going.’

Member Brian Smith is one of the builders who helped construct the extension.

He said: ‘It was brilliant. We had donations and loans from the members within the club.

‘It all went very well. The club needed the extension. Our membership has grown and we were really struggling.

‘I have been a builder all my life and I got together with one of the other builders and got the plans drawn up to do it.

‘It looks brilliant. It really opens the building up, it’s much lighter.

‘It’s a very friendly club which is why people want to join it.’

It comes as the club hit more than 130 members, with the youngest aged 16.