MAKING LIGHT WORK: Volunteers Fred Little, Ian Dall, Eric Sleep and club chairman Gerry Swain have been upgrading the greens at the Bangalow Bowling Club.
MAKING LIGHT WORK: Volunteers Fred Little, Ian Dall, Eric Sleep and club chairman Gerry Swain have been upgrading the greens at the Bangalow Bowling Club. Doug Eaton

Happy keeping green at Bangalow

THE grass is always greener when more people pitch in to water it.

At least, this much is true just by looking at the bowling green at the Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club.

Since the green at the club went into disrepair following the club's brief closure in 2012, a dedicated group of volunteers have been working hard to bring the green back up to scratch in the absence of a greenkeeper.

Gerry Swain, who leads the team of about half a dozen volunteers, said Bangalow's bowlers banded together after they couldn't afford to pay a greenkeeper when the club re-opened.

"The community has really gotten behind the club and while it has been a struggle to get the green back into condition, we're getting there," Mr Swain said.

"We've received some donations from the community that have allowed us to maintain the green and that has been wonderful."

Mr Swain said restoring the green helped to lift the morale of the bowlers after the club re-opened by giving them direction for the future.

"Having this job to do really kept the bowlers here and if we have better greens that means we can get more use out of them," he said.

The group are all bowlers at the club and have worked tirelessly to bring the green up to scratch for bowling competitions later this year.

Since April 2012, the group has harvested seeds from the old green for new grass, taken the top off the green, installed a sprinkler system, continually mowed and fertilised and is now at the final stage of top-dressing.

With one of the smallest bowling memberships in the region, the Bangalow bowlers have shown being small in numbers doesn't mean they can't achieve big things.

One member of the volunteer group, Ian Dall, said the process of restoring the green had brought the bowlers closer together.

"With about 20 players, it's been good for the cohesion of the group to be able to take responsibility for the green," Mr Dall said.

"Even though we're a small number, everyone has contributed in some way."

The Bangalow Bowling Club is always seeking new bowlers of any skill level.

For more phone 6687 2741.



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