The facility was opened in a ceremony on Friday September 17 by MP Toby Perkins, which was also attended by the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councilor Glenys Falconer, Councilor Jill Mannion-Brunt, City Council Cabinet Member of Chesterfield for Health and Welfare, Councilor Kate Caufield and Councilor Jean Innes who represents the region on Derbyshire County Council.
Funding for the new pavilion was provided by Sport England with additional funding provided by the local county councilor, the project was managed by Chesterfield City Council.
Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, said: “It has been a great privilege to open this fantastic facility. It was also great to meet so many club members and hear about their recent successes on the green as well as those off. Maureen and her committee have shown great perseverance. I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I first got involved in trying to help them get this funding, but I’m delighted that Chesterfield City Council was able to help the club finally secure it , and I hope that several thousand bowlers of all ages will enjoy these facilities in the years to come.
Maureen Kayser, Secretary of the Road Bowls Club Stand, said: “The opening of our new pavilion will bring a huge change to our bocce club and hopefully help us engage now with the community at large and to attract new members to the club.
Health and Wellness Councilor Jill Mannion-Brunt said: “This new facility will help ensure that there are fantastic facilities for everyone in Stand Road Park. A game like pétanque is not only good for everyone’s health, it is a great way to socialize and fight against isolation.
The creation of a new pavilion began in 2012 when the club contacted the council, which led to the creation of a green shelter. A successful bid for £ 40,000 in funding was submitted to Sport England, which was supported by the council. Additional funding of £ 20,000 has been provided by Councilor Jean Innes through the Community Initiatives Fund.
Stand Road Bowls Club is open to new members, to find out how you can get involved, please contact Maureen Kayser by email [email protected] or by calling 07773032643.