Cheltenham Bowling Club given refurbishment help by late member
ONE of Cheltenham's oldest sports clubs will be given a much-needed refurbishment with the help of one of its late members.
Cheltenham Bowling Club in Suffolk Square has been granted planning permission to start replacing old windows and doors at the club house.
The renovations at the club, which was founded in 1883, will cost around £75,000.
Alex Bradley, a life long member at the club, died aged 93 last year, and left "a significant six-figure sum" to the club.
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Members have since used the money for various refurbishments in the clubhouse.
Chairman Don Young said: "Alex had been with us as a member since 1981.
"He was always in and around the club, and he made the place a part of him.
"We are very thankful to Alex, and he was very well liked here. He wanted a few things while he was still here, including double glazed windows and a TV.
"The new windows will help lower maintenance costs. "
Alex's ashes were scattered around the gardens by the bowling green, with a plaque put up in memory of him.
Winter Gardens was the club's first home, and they moved to their current premises in 1917.
The original pavilion was destroyed in a fire in 1955, and was replaced by the present structure.
A report by Cheltenham Borough Council said the renovations would preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area.
Work at the club will include shortening the bar to allow more tables, and new toilets with facilities for disabled members.
A 50-inch TV was installed in December, along with a large sliding door separating the lounge and bar.
Allen Brookes, secretary of the club, said: "We were very grateful to receive the money.
"It has allowed us to shorten the time needed for all the work that was going on here.
"Without it, we might not have been able to do some of the work."