Today MP Kim Rudd announced that Cobourg’s Lawn Bowling club would be given $22,100 to help pay for some much needed equipment. The money came from a fund called the “New Horizons for Seniors Program”. Kim said that as well as promoting “positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities” it is also “partnering with the community since organizations like this are community”. The club applied for the grant about a year ago for their “Bowling for Life” project. According to the club’s web site, it currently has about 100 members aged from 8 to over 90. However, it’s known to be mostly popular with seniors – that’s why the grant came from a seniors’ program.
The Club’s season opens May 12 – it certainly was not a good day for bowling today with temperatures around 0°C plus a brisk wind.
The equipment funded includes:
- A greens mower
- An aerating machine
- A small ride-on mower/tractor for cutting surrounds and to help with sanding the green (apparently the green is on a sand base).
- A push mower for peripheral grass where the ride-on can’t reach.
- Some new club bowls.
The equipment will be kept in a shed which will also soon be replaced although this will be funded with club funds. The design of the new shed recently received a heritage permit. This was needed since the club itself has been around since 1907 and the clubhouse since 1925. Definitely in heritage territory.