by Emma Perry
Members of the Geraldine Bowling Club have been bowled over by the support of the public who have made a new all-weather bowling green possible.
Tomorrow, members of the club will unveil the $272,000 project, which took less than one year to complete.
About 50% of funds raised were from members and friends of the club.
Club president John Roberts said he never dreamed the new green would become reality so soon.
“It’s fantastic. The support behind us has been brilliant.”
Mr Roberts and vice-president Ross Owens had come up with the idea to refresh the green last year, and then put it to the committee.
A small but dedicated team had put out the call for support, and the community had responded.
“Member contributions in the early stages were crucial to our success.”
On February 21, the committee behind the new green had reached the target of $270,000.
Alongside the 50% raised by the local community, the remainder came from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, The Southern Trust, a bequest from the late Gerard Bell, the TAB and the Geraldine Lions Club.
Mr Roberts was pleased with the efforts of the club and committee.
“After lockdown it was much harder to access funds, so what we did was amazing.”
The green, which had not been replaced since 1995, was completed this month.
“It all fell into place, really.”
The club was established in 1909; at present there are 19 women and 51 men who are playing members.