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AXMINSTER: New era for area’s top sports complex

Thursday, 31 July 2014

NEW ERA: Members, sponsors and contractors during the formal re-launch

NEW ERA: Members, sponsors and contractors during the formal re-launch

Axminster’s Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre, arguably one of the best sporting complexes in East Devon, has re-launched itself and entered a new era. A formal re-launch took place on Friday, July 18th to mark changes that have taken place over the last few years. Sport centre president Andrew Moulding said: “A few years ago, the centre was delighted to welcome Millwey Rise Football Club to join the other clubs at Cloakham - namely Axminster Town Cricket Club, Axminster Indoor Bowls Club and Axminster Outdoor Bowls Club. “A year or two later, Cloakham Lawn Social Club came into being, with the introduction of skittles at the centre. “It soon became apparent that there was a demand for two alleys and the idea of a double skittle alley was born. “In the meantime, plans had emerged for Bovis Homes Ltd to acquire the land holding at Cloakham from Axminster Carpets Limited and therefore became the owners of the land, on which Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre has a 30 year lease. “The development of new homes on land at Cloakham and the demand for a double skittle alley gave the trustees at the centre the confidence to upgrade their facilities. “This included a double alley, improved bar arrangements and extended function room area for running events, and included an enhanced kitchen to increase catering opportunities. “The enlarged area also enables the centre to promote major darts competitions and tournaments.” During the process, Julie North was appointed bar manager, and Mr Moulding added: “Once the refurbished kitchen was completed, the trustees looked to set up a franchise for the kitchen and catering and have been delighted to offer the opportunity to The Cottage Cooks (trading as The Kitchen@Cloakham). Ian Hall, chairman at Cloakham, speakong about the comprehensive refurbishment, paid tribute to all the volunteers that contrbute to the success of the complex. He said: “The volunteers who help with the grounds and cleaning of the social area are a breath of fresh air. They always go that extra mile and are very passionate about the way forward. They are second to none.”


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