Village club bowled over by ex-offenders

Village club bowled over by ex-offendersA village bowling club has heaped praised on a group of ex-offenders who have cut back overgrown trees and hedges to spruce up the venue.

Each year, Iford Bridge Bowling Club near Christchurch ask for volunteers to help cut back large hedges surrounding the green which hinder access. But with limited numbers of volunteers and equipment, the hedges and trees were getting out of control and affecting the growth of the green due to the lack of sunlight on certain areas.

But the Community Payback team at Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC) stepped in to save the day and bring the venue back to its brighter self.

A group of ex-offenders spent five days clearing overgrown greenery and power washed a hazardous path all around the green to make it safe for club members.

More than 50 large bags of green waste was taken away for recycling, and now club members are extremely pleased to have their green back to their liking.

Club secretary Richard Phillips said: “The men were well organised and they got stuck into the task in weather that was not ideal. They also left the site tidy at the end of each day, even washing up the tea mugs.

“I was also impressed by the level of commitment to health and safety and risk assessment as well as the range of safety equipment available to the men.”