Volunteers turn pigsty into community hub

The Peter Waller Bowling and Activity Centre.

Published: Wednesday, 24th May 2017

A former pigsty in Stratton Strawless has been turned into a community facility for all to enjoy.

The Peter Waller Bowling and Activity Centre is the result of 18 months hard work by a group of local volunteers, helped by funds from housing development and a Community Grant from Broadland District Council.

It will officially open on May 27, with guest Jonathan Wills from ITV Anglia News cutting the ribbon.

Made possible by residents Dianne and Alan Johns, Peter Warvill, Mark Jermy, Terry Downs and Harry Leggett, the bowling green and centre is based at Woodland View Mobile Home Park and is named after its former owner, who passed away before the centre’s completion.

“We’d all been playing bowls on the grass at the mobile home park for about three years,” said Mrs Johns.

“When the money came along, I laughed and said ‘we could have a proper bowling green and a centre for people to use’. Of course everyone said ‘that would be great – go on then’.”

The project had a Community Grant of more than £1,000 from Broadland District Council, which helped pay for plumbing, lighting, plastering, paving slabs at the installation of a septic tank.

“It was quite hard going at times – there were a few tears but also a few laughs along the way,” said Mrs Johns.

“It’s been hard work but it’s been really worthwhile and the grant money has made such a difference.”

Cllr Stuart Clancy, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Broadland District Council, said: “This group of hard-working volunteers are a testament to our district. They have brought a great community facility to an area with many older residents who will benefit from not only the exercise but the social contact the centre provides.”

The Peter Waller Bowling and Activity Centre will open at 11am on May 27 – everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information about Broadland District Council's Community Grants scheme, please call 01603 430449.

Also see