Riverside Indoor Bowls May 2021

by | 3 May 2021 | Gainsborough, Local Charity, Sports Club

Councillor Trevor Young has been incredibly supportive of Riverside Indoor Bowls (RIBs) from the initial threatened closure of the West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club in 2018, helping them on their journey to return indoor bowls to the district by having a replacement hall built. They have been grateful for another Councillor Initiative Fund Contribution from him, after also receiving one a few years ago. Trevor seems to understand the need for physical and mental wellbeing for older people and how they and future generations are losing out on a well-loved sport. Many different estates are being built within the district – how many of these new residents could be indoor bowlers? How many members of the public have not been given the opportunity to attempt this wonderful pastime that can be both gentle and strenuous? It’s a great way to make new friends too.
This pandemic has shown us all that that we do need social interaction and that is exactly what indoor bowling did for generations of indoor bowlers and can do for the public generally. The pandemic halted all chances of progressing with RIBs, but they believe that West Lindsey District Council has not forgotten them and that some councillors, especially Matt Boles, Liz Clews, and Lesley Rollings, have been reminding their colleagues that sport and leisure is vital for everyone’s health and wellbeing. The charity’s trustees will continue working to promote this.
However, the trustees need to know that they have the backing of previous indoor members and the public and they will support them when necessary. Without this support RIBs will not progress. Many facilities in the town have been lost through apathy! Please don’t let indoor bowls go the same way.
Thank you again to all RIBs members who have become members even though there is no indoor bowls hall at present! Please continue to support RIBs with future fundraising. They have found the West Lindsey Lottery very worthwhile and thank all those who have nominated RIBs as their chosen charity, this does bring in a welcome steady income.