Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bowling Over - a New Beginning

When one door closes, so the saying goes, another opens. Or you could just open the closed door; that’s how doors work. Back in 2013 the Cranbrook Park Bowling Club closed its doors for the last time after over century of operation in Valentines Park, Ilford. The clubhouse, pictured, has stood empty since. But now it is taking on a new lease of life and is poised to be, once again, a hub for community activity.

Three local voluntary groups, ASNet (the Arthritis Support Network), East London Radio and the Redbridge Music Lounge, are poised to take up residence and the building will be renamed The Cranbrook Centre.

Since the clubhouse was built in 1911 there are some essential building and refurbishment works that require immediate attention:
  • an accessible WC
  • fire and security alarms
  • new wiring
  • heating
  • a soundproof rehearsal room
  • secure storage
So, they are now into crowd funding mode. Fundraising for buildings often lets people “buy a brick” – but as this is a wooden building, the Cranbrook Centre are asking people to buy planks at £1 per inch.

How to donate: text BEES26 followed by the amount of your donation to 70070.

Or you could register with Easy Fundraising and raise funds every time you make a purchase via the internet with over 2,700 retailers.

Further information about each individual group is available via their websites - embedded hyperlinks are above.

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