December 1970 an open
meeting was held in the Village Hall to discuss the possibility of
Bowls Club. At
this meeting a Committee
was elected to take the matter further.
question of location,
Notts County Council offered a 3-year lease of a field adjoining
Butts Close. A
longer lease was not
available at this time because there was a possibility of the ground
required for future School requirements.
not possible to
obtain grants for construction unless the lease was for at least 20
sites were considered but
rejected as unsuitable.
Meeting, held on the 10th February 1971, an estimate of £200
for a do-it-yourself
project was made. Quotes
of £500 and
£964 were obtained for contractors to do the necessary work,
but as there was
no money in the kitty, the Committee decided that voluntary work was
way to proceed, and that they would take the risk of losing the site
raising events were
held with limited success.
On the 4th
September 1971 the first sod was cut with a borrowed machine. For the next
five weeks, about a dozen
volunteers worked hard at weekends and evenings to prepare the Green
the weather was
kind and allowed the seed to successfully germinate.
Committee approved the purchase of an 18’ x 9’ hut
for use as a Pavilion and
was also approved for the
purchase of a Beech hedge to surround the Green.
spite of all the usual problems,
the Club’s finances gradually improved.
The Sports and Social Club, formed in
1985 from the alliance of the
Cricket, Football and Bowls Clubs, considered constructing a good
brick built Pavilion, for use by all Clubs.
This was eventually erected and opened
updated Nov 2007