The bowls club in the village of Brockham have perhaps one of the oldest traditions in fundraising. Back in 1951, in exchange for funding, they provided round the clock guards for the village bonfire in order to prevent it being lit by mischievous children before the event. Up until this day, the same club is involved in the town bonfire each year, staffing car parks and making collections for the club.
Here are few ideas for raising funds for your own bowls club or team:
Selling advertising space – can you sell space on advertising boards around the edges of your green, or on the pavilion?
Expert night – is there an expert among you who could use their knowledge to help raise funds. For example, this could be an amateur historian willing to donate an evening for a lecture, or a well travelled club member with plenty of tales to tell. Whoever your expert is, charge admission for the event and sell refreshments to raise money.
Car boot sales – a great opportunity for the whole group to have a good clear out, a car boot sale can help raise funds. If you have grounds, then why not use them to host sales for the local community, with the club keeping the stall fees.
Bake sales – it may not be an original idea, but it’s ever popular. Organise a cake morning and bring along delicious treats to sell to friends and family of the club.
Plant sales – do you have any green fingered gurus among your members? It is easy to nurture a few different species of flower, herb or vegetable plants to adulthood and then sell the plants in small pots at a community sale.
Charity walk – is there a local walk or hill climb which your group can take on for charity. Even a walking trip around the local pubs can be approached as a fundraising challenge!