BOWLS: Bright future with new bowls lighting

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BOWLERS at Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club will be hoping their play is as dazzling as the new lighting system.

The club has just completed its project with the help of a £50,000 Biffa award and £5,000 from the Soroptimists charity.

Work on the Bruce Williams Way club, next to the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, took four weeks to complete and it re-opened on May 23.

The previous lights were the originals in the building, dating from 1974 and were in need of an overhaul to bring them up to current playing standards.

Instead of the old level of 350 lux they are now much brighter at 500 lux, which conforms to the level required to host national bowling competitions.

Company secretary Sarah Simpson explained: “Before, we couldn’t host any national events, because the lighting just wasn’t good enough.

“Now we will be able to, which will bring people into the town and revenue into the club, which is good news.

“Anyone interested in playing bowls is welcome to come and have a look and see what we’ve done.

“You don’t have to be a member to have a go.”

The club currently has about 500 members who enjoy a range of leagues, competitions and coaching on the eight-rink green.

To coincide with Rugby Borough Council’s celebrations to mark a year to the start of the 2012 Olympics, Thornfield will be holding a special open day on Saturday, July 23.

The club will be open from 10am to 2pm offering taster sessions for people to drop in and try playing bowls free of charge.

There will also be a grand opening of the improvements for members with a gala at the end of September.

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