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A £1,000 grant has helped a bowling club for older members of the community to purchase important equipment.

Alnwick Age Concern Indoor Bowling Club has received the vital cash to buy a three-mat handling unit.

Bowling club chairman George Short and other club members are celebrating their recent grants.

Bowling club chairman George Short and other club members are celebrating their recent grants.

The kit allows members to put out their mats more easily.

Alnwick Town Council gave the club £250, while £750 came from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest.

Community sports officer Paul Kiddell helped the bowlers source the money for the carpet-mat roller.

He said: “The equipment helps the bowlers handle the mats more easily.

“The average age at the club is 75 and it can be a bit of a chore lifting and carrying the mats.

“Through the county council’s Community Chest and Alnwick Town Council, we have helped them raise £1,000.

“It is a very good community club that keeps older members of the community active and enables them to socialise by playing sport, and in a competitive environment.”

The club meets every Monday afternoon in the Lindisfarne Annex. It has 30 members and a waiting list.