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Green delivery crowning glory for Biddulph bowlers

Biddulph's new bowling green and pavilion have been officially handed over to the town's Bowling and Recreation Club following completion of the £750,000 project.

The high-quality development has been provided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as part of its commitment to improving opportunities for Moorlands residents to take part in a variety of sporting activity.

The Council's cabinet member for leisure and sport, Councillor Brian Johnson, joined Club Committee Members to celebrate the handover and to find out about their plans to increase the number of people who participate in the sport of bowls.

He said: "These are truly excellent new facilities and it is a pleasure to officially hand the green and the pavilion over to the Club.

"I know they have ambitious plans to work with all sections of the community to get more people involved in playing and our investment in providing such high-quality new amenities can only help them achieve their aims. I wish them every success."

As part of their plans to involve people of all ages, the Club's experienced players and local coach, Carol Hornsby, are working with Year 7 pupils from Woodhouse Academy.

The bowling green facilities at St Lawrence Recreation Ground complement the Council's other investments in improving sporting facilities including £25,000 in new lighting for the sports hall at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre and almost £208,000 on a multi-use games area, tennis courts, a new playground and car parking at Halls Road.

Councillor Johnson added: "We have always been clear about our commitment to providing sporting and leisure facilities to suit a variety of activities and we have delivered exactly what we promised for Biddulph residents. I hope it encourages more people to get active and make full use of the variety of opportunities that are available in the town."