Lottery funding boost for Linlithgow Bowling Club

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Linlithgow Bowling Club is celebrating a bumper lottery grant.

The club in Philip Avenue received £10,000 from the Awards for All scheme which allowed it to install a modern central heating system, making the club a much more welcoming place for members and guests.

The grant application ‘‘A Warm Welcome To One And All’’ also allowed for refurbished seating the bar and lounge.

The committee was determined to find local contractors for the work and contracted with Colin Johnston from Gascol to install the new heating system.

The refurbishment work on the seating went to Struthers and Newton from Whitecross.

A club spokesman said: ‘‘In our application we were able to demonstrate that Linlithgow Bowling Club is an important part of the local community and that, as a club, we actively reach out to one and all within the local community.’’

Club members have also submitted to disclosure checks to enable them to coach school pupils in bowls, an activity which is being expanded upon this year.

It has the support of Lauren McLean, Active Schools Co-ordinator (Linlithgow) from West Lothian Council.

In addition, the bowling club supports ‘‘baby ballet’’ on Monday mornings, a movement to music programme for pre-school boys and girls.

Duncan and Rae Stuart also run a long standing whist club on a Wednesday afternoon and the Linlithgow Pensioners’ Association meets in the club every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Added the spokesman: ‘‘The improvements to the fabric of the club will vastly improve the warmth and setting for these activities and hopefully encourage more organisations to utilise our facilities.’’