Hatfield bowls club officially reopened after significant work to improve facilities
PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 November 2017
Hatfield Indoor Bowls Club has been officially reopened following a major refurbishment to improve the ceiling and lights.
The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough, Councillor Lynne Sparks, carried out the ceremony, unveiling a plaque in the process.
She was welcomed by president Richard Lush, chairman Roger Carter, and project co-ordinator Brian Burfoot
Also in attendance were Matt Rayner from Hatfield Community Sports fund, and Cllr Tony Kingsbury.
The England Indoor Bowls Association, Bowls Development Alliance, County & District Presidents, local clubs and contractors were also represented.
The indoor rinks at College Lane have been closed during the summer for the removal of old asbestos ceiling panels and old light fittings.
They have now been replaced with a modern ceiling and LED lighting & associated works.
The work was carried out thanks to a significant grant from the Hatfield Community Sports Fund, which was topped up by Sports England.
A group of Hatfield members stripped out the contents of the green and ensured they were stored safely
Burfoot thanked the Mayor and also the representatives of the Hatfield Community Sports Fund and Sports England before adding that it had been a long journey but a successful one and specifically thanked President Richard Lush for his support.
He went on to say that some bowlers, who had left due to the poor lighting, had now returned and there was plenty of new bowlers who had joined as well.
Coaching sessions for those new members have begun and the club are also planning to start a youth section.
On top of that the club are preparing a new advertising schedule to let the public know that they have disabled facilities, a very active social calendar, a darts section and pool table and bar, in addition to an outdoor bowling section.
Burfoot concluded by saying that Hatfield Bowls club are ready for the local community to come and enjoy the wonderful game of bowls.
If you are interested in learning more about bowling or any of the other facilities on offer, then call Brian Burfoot on 01707 649511 or Marilyn Hedger on 01707 320898.