Lottery cash boost for Strichen Bowling Club

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A Buchan bowling club is to be awarded a five-figure cash boost as part of the Big Lottery Fund and was hailed by a local MP.

Strichen Bowling Club is among the local organisations to set to receive an Awards for All Scotland Grant, and has been given a £10,000 cash injection.

That is the maximum amount that is possible to be awarded as part of the National Lottery scheme.

The club has confirmed that this will be put towards new banking at the bowling green.

Some of the funds will also go towards a disabled toilet facility for visitors as well.

Speaking after the announcement was made, Strichen Bowling Club president Bill Menzies, labelled the prize a boost for the club.

He said: “The club is growing very quickly, and this money will be very helpful in ensuring that our facilities are accessible to as many people as possible.

“We’re hoping to have the improvements in place by April, in time for the new season.”

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford welcomed the announcement.

She said: “This is great news for a popular local facility.

“Making the green more accessible will represent a tangible benefit to the club itself, and wider community.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone who was involved in the bid, and wish Strichen Bowling Club the very best for the new season.”

Awards for All Scotland grants money for smaller organisations and is run by the National Lottery.

It gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

It is open only for non-profit/voluntary or community groups, social enterprise, community council, school or statutory bodies.

They aim to fund a full range of projects which involve bringing local people together.