Orienteering and tai chi among upcoming activities at Pelaw Community Bowling Club after National Lottery grant

Jarrow MP Kate Osborne and Mayor of Gateshead Dot Burnett during a day of celebration at the Bowls Club

Pelaw Community Bowling Club is celebrating a £2,500 funding boost from the Lottery Foundation for its Community Health, Wellbeing and Reconnection project.

Members said the funding will be used for a range of events and activities, including a Tai Chi instructor and community bowling and entertainment event to be held on September 4, 2021, and the money will also go refreshments and running costs.

Other activities planned with the money include an intergenerational event, including “Fortnite,” which is scheduled for the last week of September.

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The funding will also be used to purchase equipment to provide orientation sessions that club members say they want to expand.

John Sutherland, secretary of the Pelaw Community Bowling Club, said the club aims to bring together people who have disconnected from community activities and their friends and neighbors.

He said the aim was to provide opportunities for local residents, from the youngest to the oldest.

Mr Sutherland added: “Through our relationships with housing providers, GPs, community organizations and residents, we know we can connect people to our bowling alley and to each other. This will allow us to inform people from local activities and services, but also to help people form new friendships with local people.

The funding helped pay the bill for a new sprinkler irrigation system and roller.

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