FOR years bowlers had to use a ramshackle hut as they changed into their whites ahead of big games.
But a little community spirit and a drive to get things done can go a long way.
Members rallied round to raise £51,000 to build a new changing room at Fareham Bowling Club, in Leigh Road, Fareham.
Bowlers and dignitaries gathered yesterday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new modern changing rooms at the club, which has been going since 1974 and is growing in membership.
The changing rooms are a log cabin construction and have been added on to the clubhouse.
Armed with the scissors was Sheena Mack, 67, who started the fundraising drive along with her husband Charles.
She said: ‘We had a ramshackle garage with asbestos.
‘We have now got a wooden cabin and it will make a difference.
‘The old changing rooms were small and to accommodate visiting teams was a struggle before.
‘These are really super changing rooms.’
Fareham Borough Council helped to pay for much of the scheme by providing £25,000.
A total of £4,000 was donated by Hampshire County Council and £310 from Chrissie Pollard, from BBC Solent’s Community Chest.
The rest was funded by members of the club.
Fareham councillors John and Pam Bryant were there for the ribbon-cutting , as well as Cllr Connie Hockley, who oversees leisure facilities in Fareham borough.
Mrs Mack said bowls was growing in popularity and it was a worthwhile investment.
‘We have got younger people joining,’ she added.
‘It’s a good community-based thing to meet different people.’
The club’s green, which drains well because of a chalk base from Portsdown Hill, is maintained by Fareham council.
The gardens of the club were awarded a silver gilt medal in the 2007 ‘Fareham in Bloom’ contest.
Mrs Mack said funding is out there for projects if you put your mind to it.
‘It’s out there if you really want to delve into it,’ she said.
‘There are plenty of places to get funding. You just have to put yourself out a bit.’