A local housebuilder has gifted £500 to a bowls club in Thakeham to help support members with new club kit.

Bellway South London, which has plans to deliver 75 homes as the third phase of the Abingworth Meadows development in the village, made the donation to Thakeham Short Mat Bowls Club, a self-funded club of 19 members.

The club, which rolls-up every Monday evening at Thakeham Village Hall, competes in the West Sussex league and is affiliated to the English Short Mat Bowls Association.

Barbara Weir, secretary of the club, said: “The donation from Bellway means so much to the club. We have used the money to get every member a club jacket. The club has bought a lot of second-hand equipment which will soon need replacing. We are keen to develop a long-term relationship with Bellway, who have already offered their future support. It has been tough with the pandemic, but it has been great to get back into bowls.

“It has been really positive for us to be able to have a weekly roll-up at the village hall and we are looking forward to carrying on with the league season.”

Barbara set up the club with the help of chairman Norman Prince and treasurer Edwin Linnell in April 2019.

Daniel Williamson, Sales Director at Bellway South London, said: “It is great to show our support for a local, and new, sports club in an area that we are set to build in – such as Thakeham Short Mat Bowls Club, which is at the heart of the community in the village.

“When we were contacted by Barbara to see if we could help, we wanted to help provide the club with support to continue its success, as well as helping to showcase the importance of the village hall in a rural area such as Thakeham.

“We wish the club success in the local league, and we hope the donation will go a long way to supporting them.”

For further information on Bellway South London developments, visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/south-london.


  • Club members of Thakeham short mat bowls club celebrating their £500 donation from Bellway, close to where the housebuilder is building new homes at Abingworth Fields

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