National Lottery Community Fund and Moray West Ocean Winds Funding Saves Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club from Possible Future Closure
A CASH deal helped fix the leaky roof at the Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club and save a community facility from possible closure.
With their clubhouse used not only by bowlers and racket stars of all ages, but as a community center for local groups, repair work was urgently needed.
Regular repairs to the damaged roof were unsustainable, and the £ 42,000 cost of a new roof was beyond the club’s means, threatening its future.
But a successful application to the National Lottery Community Fund secured the club a grant of £ 10,000.
That, combined with another £ 5,000 pledged by the Moray West Windfarm Ocean Winds, saved the day for the Cullens by putting a roof over their heads.
Club secretary Margaret Petrie said: “This is really good news because we have been battling a leaking roof and fixing the patches for several years now, and we were at the stage where it would no longer be fixed. .
“If we hadn’t secured the funds to fix our roof, we probably would have considered closing in a few years.
“You couldn’t have people there with water running through the roof. I went there the other day and there were three large puddles to dry off. We were told it was being fixed and fixed and they would not fix it again.
“We can look to the future now.”
Covid-19 has paid for club events for much of the past 15 months, but repair work combined with reduced restrictions mean Cullen Bowling and Tennis Club should soon be a hive of activity again.
“We had regular sessions all winter until we were closed inside and it was more the older members happy to get out of the house and have some company that suffered.
“We also have a tennis coach who has a capacity of 30 and he coaches 26 right now in Cullen, outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter.
“This is the future of our club. Tennis is in progress, not the same restrictions as bowling.
“So many other community things in Cullen use our premises for their fundraising, people have parties there, and that’s the polling station.
“We’re important to the community, so they thought we were a worthy cause, and we’re very grateful for that.
“With our new roof in place, we will be able to rent our premises again, when the Covid-19 crisis permits and continue with indoor archery and tennis for many years to come.