Members of a local sports and social club have been 'bowled over' by a cash donation from the operator of Edinburgh Airport.
Newbridge Bowling and Social club has received a £7,000 cash boost to build a new sports pavilion, just in time for a major inter-counties competition.
As there are no council run facilities in the village, the club – which was founded in 1907 - is the only recreational building and venue for social gathering, and also acts as a community hall for local residents.
The club – a registered charity – currently operates from an ageing porta cabin, and approached Edinburgh Airport to help fund a new pavilion. The facility will also include new changing facilities for the club’s 178 members.
Funding for the project has been provided by the BAA Communities Trust, a charity which supports community projects around BAA’s seven UK airports, including Edinburgh Airport.
Gordon Dewar, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We are delighted to support a local club that has served the Newbridge area for more than 100 years. The bowling club is an important social lifeline for the village, providing much needed sporting and community facilities for local people.”
The funding boost has arrived at just the right time for the club as it prepares to host the inter-counties league at the new look pavilion. The tournament will be held on 22 June 2009 and will bring together teams from across Edinburgh, Fife and the Borders.
David Greenock, president of Newbridge Bowling Club, said: “We are really thrilled at this generous donation from BAA. This is a fantastic boost for the club and for the village as a whole. As a not for profit organisation, we have a very limited income, so this donation means everything to us. Our membership spans the generations, from teenagers to senior citizens, and the club has served the community for over 100 years. This BAA donation means we will continue to provide social and sporting activities for many more years to come.”