Taking the chill out of bowls in Violet Town

Winter is now a whole lot toastier for Violet Town Bowls Club’s members thanks to a reverse-cycle air conditioning unit installed with an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations grant.

Violet Town bowls club

Club Secretary Margaret Crawford said the club rooms needed to be made more comfortable, particularly now that membership has recovered and community groups are returning to the club post-COVID-19 restrictions.

“Our membership for social bowls dwindled to nine last year and we’d lost a significant amount of funding.  However, we managed to come back stronger with 79 members now, which is just brilliant,” Margaret said. 

“It took a lot of hard work, social events and rallying by many people in our community to bring our club back from the brink of closure.”

While offering social interaction and competitive fun for many residents in Violet Town, the bowls club also shares its facilities with the wider community. 

“There’s all sorts of groups that use the facilities including music and arts performance groups and card groups. To boost the bowls community, we also now have croquet and bocce, which has helped us appeal to more people in Violet Town.

“The new reverse-cycle air conditioning unit will help us retain membership because we’re able to offer comfortable facilities all year around. 

“Our club relies on funding opportunities like Inland Rail’s to keep expanding and really make something of our club.”

The Violet Town Bowls Club is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers who put in many hours of work each week to maintain the greens and keep everything in working order. Members will make up two mid-week pennant teams who will play in the Goulburn Murray Bowls Region.  

Find out more about Inland Rail’s Community Sponsorships and Donations program here.    

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