THE ball is well and truly rolling on plans to redevelop the home of a Basingstoke spots club.

Work at Basingstoke Town Bowling Club, in Fairfields Road, is underway to provide more inclusive access for all, with work due to be completed by the end of March ahead of a grand opening in May.

The project has been supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who provided a grant to help towards building improved access, facilities and equipment for all – particularly those with disabilities.

The club has also been busy increasing its fundraising efforts to aid the project. To date it has generated £2,000 which will be used to provide adapted wheelchairs, portable access steps and ramps as well as other necessary equipment.

The club have offered “huge thanks” to the John Lewis Community Matters Scheme (pictured), Basingstoke Lions Club, local commercial lighting firms Tridonic and Luxonic and all club members for their generous donations and support of the project.

A grand opening of the new facility will take place at 10am on Saturday, May 30.

National bowling organisations, including Disability Bowls England (DBE), British Wheelchair Bowling Association (BWBA) and Visually Impaired Bowls England (VIBE), will be exhibiting their talents during the day.

In conjunction with the Basingstoke and District Disability Forum, the club will also be inviting local disabled organisations along to this event to showcase the facility and its opportunities.

Then on Saturday, June 13, the club will host an open day in support of the national ‘Get Active’ campaign. Members of the community, young and old, will be able to get involved, finding out what the facility has to offer and giving lawn bowls a try.