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Bervie Bowling Club has been the lucky recipient of a £240 community grant from Scotmid Co-operative. The club has use the grant to purchase smaller bowls which are easier for youngsters to handle, giving them a better chance of taking to the sport.

The Club’s Junior Section was initiated last year attracting ten local youngsters aged 8–14. The new bowls will be used for coaching, practising and playing in competitions.

Bowling Club Secretary Christine Hamilton, who made the application to Scotmid said: “We want to encourage the local community, especially youngsters to come along and give bowling a try. Having bowls available to use is hopefully an incentive to come and try the game and take it up as a hobby. We are delighted with this donation as it allows us to invest more in the future of our club for the local community.”

Local Scotmid Store manager, Alan McLeish commented: “It is always a pleasure to be able to help our local organisations where we can. Encouraging children into sport is certainly a worthwhile cause and one that Scotmid is proud to support.”

The Bervie Bowling Club is not the only local beneficiary of Scotmid’s grant fund this year. Since January, support has been given to several organisations in the area including £500 to the Stonehaven Community Services Network for ‘Aiming for High’, an initiative implemented to smooth the transition to high school for primary pupils. £100 grants were also given to St Cyrus Primary School and the Inverbervie Preschool Group for gardening projects as well as to the Inverbervie RNLI Guild, who received the donation towards their 60th anniversary celebrations.