Silver End residents bowled over by Eastlight’s support

The Silver End Bowls Club in their new shirts

Members of a village bowls club now look the part after winning funding from an Eastlight Community Homes resident group.

Resident Jeff Spencer and Resident Engagement Officer Ryan DoggettSilver End Bowls Club coach and Eastlight resident Jeff Spencer successfully applied for a grant from his local Eastlight Residents Group.

The resident-led groups, which cover Braintree district, have funding available for local organisations who are striving to make a difference in their local community.

The £2,000 grant has provided its 80 members with smart polo shirts. Jeff said: “We’re really pleased with the shirts. They help give us a sense of community; a feeling of belonging and pride in the club.”

The club, founded in 1929, is a hub of activity in Silver End. Alongside the bowls games, the club hosts race nights, quizzes, parties, bingo evenings and outings. Jeff added: “By joining the club, you keep yourself fit, gain friendships, and keep your mind occupied. It also gives you a sense of belonging.

“It’s a friendly club with a good atmosphere. Everyone’s welcome, especially youngsters, because we want them to carry on the tradition.”

Ryan Doggett, Resident Engagement Officer, said: “Our resident groups at Eastlight feel supporting our local clubs and initiatives is of big importance. Supporting the Bowls Club helps members of the community to keep healthy, engage with each other and support one another.

Local clubs like the Silver End Bowls Club have a big impact on the community and help bring our residents and wider members of the community together. The Eastlight Residents Group is proud to sponsor the Silver End Bowls Club and we wish the club, and its members, all the success over the coming year.”

Dave Smith, Head of Community and Stakeholder Engagement at Eastlight, said: “The bowls club is a vibrant, flourishing civic institution in the heart of Silver End and I’m pleased Eastlight residents have agreed to back them.

“We’re keen to support the club in any way we can, and the members look fantastic in their new kit.”

A group of Bowls ladies chatting and laughing

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A group of men on the bowls green