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Local Councillor Bowled Over!

Published on 01 June 2023 01:08 PM

Sandwell Councillor and Town Lead, Caroline Owen (centre) attended the St. James Church bowls club last Thursday along with Karen from Age UK Sandwell.

The club had very recently had two new bowling mats that were funded via Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council's "Community Infrastruture Levy" grant funding along with funds

Caroline was accompanied by honorary club member Karen (with the blue lanyard), to try their hand at the sport while also meeting the club members to see first hand the effect such programmes have in reducing the isolation and lonliness of older people in the borough.


About Age UK Sandwell

The local registered charity has been support older people in the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell for 30 years (also under the former name of Age Concern Sandwell). You can find out more about Age UK Sandwell's work at:
with more on the activities such as the bowls club at: Activities and events 


About the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Community Infrastruture Level (CIL) grants:

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new building developments in the area.  In Sandwell 15% of these funds can be spent in the local community.  CIL Grants of up to £5,000 are available to Community Groups to enhance their work and can be spent on capital costs such as sports equipment, furniture, some renovations or IT equipment.  

You can find out more about the CIL grants here: