Mansfield offenders put the life back into Teversal Grange Bowls Club

Offenders from Mansfield's Community Pay Back have been working at Teversal Cricket Club, Football Club and Bowls Club over the last five months to improve the facilities, as well as holding numerous litter picks on the Teversal Trails. Bowls Club Secretary Barry Harby, left, is pictured with Dave Bradford, second left, Community Pay Back Suppervisor and Bowls Club members Roy Thompson and Colin Clifton at the club on Saturday were the group have been landscaping.
Offenders from Mansfield's Community Pay Back have been working at Teversal Cricket Club, Football Club and Bowls Club over the last five months to improve the facilities, as well as holding numerous litter picks on the Teversal Trails. Bowls Club Secretary Barry Harby, left, is pictured with Dave Bradford, second left, Community Pay Back Suppervisor and Bowls Club members Roy Thompson and Colin Clifton at the club on Saturday were the group have been landscaping.

BOWLS club members are in for a pleasant surprise when they return for the new season, thanks to the hard work of a community payback team.

Offenders from Mansfield’s Community Payback have helped give Teversal Grange Bowls Club a much-needed makeover during the past five months.

A new entrance from the car park to the club has been re-laid, they have put down paving slabs on three sides of the green, much of the area has been landscaped and places have been prepared for seats to be sited on.

Bowls club secretary Barry Harby said that the work the offenders had done was ‘absolutely brilliant’.

He said: “There’s five or six of us that take these jobs on and they have been ongoing for two or three years, but what they have done would have taken us five more years to do.

“We only do these jobs during the winter as the summer is taken up looking after the green.”

Barry said that that the club members will be ‘overjoyed’ to see the improvements when they come back for the new season next month.

“It is fit for clubs to come to from all over the county and nationwide.

“It will be a pleasure for people to come and play, sit and watch.”

Mark Taylor, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust’s Community Payback chief, said that the work shows how Community Payback provides an ‘important, much-valued labour resource’.

“Offenders working here make amends for their crimes, as well as developing practical skills which can help with future employment prospects, therefore reducing the likelihood of reoffending,” he added.