Leatherhead Bowling Club is a popular club with a rising membership. It has both social and indoor bowls membership. They undertook a complete rebuild of the clubhouse in 2018 at a cost of over £200,000, part-funded by Valencia Communities Fund, and had always planned to install solar panels in the original design but were omitted for cost. With rising energy bills, the club required the panels in order to mitigate the spiralling costs of energy. The applicant requested full funding from Valencia Communities Fund of £8,160 which was approved.
Terry Dickenson, Club President, said “The panels were installed quickly, and the anticipated recoup of electricity charges will be at least a third of the previous costs with surplus energy sold back to the grid to sustain the hall. We are grateful to Valencia Communities Fund for their support without which the project would still be on the drawing board.”