Club needs bit of help after theft

Roy Markillie with plans for Holbeach Bank changing rooms.'Roy shows where ceilings have collapsed exposing asbestos roof.'Photo:  SG110113-157TW
Roy Markillie with plans for Holbeach Bank changing rooms.'Roy shows where ceilings have collapsed exposing asbestos roof.'Photo: SG110113-157TW
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A village football club is hoping a little bit of help will go a long way towards fixing the damage caused by vandals and thieves.

Holbeach Bank Football Club has applied to the Round Table and Spalding Guardian’s Smile Campaign fund for £500 to replace shower equipment stolen from its dilapidated clubhouse.

The club, which was set up in the 1930s and has two teams in the Boston League, is well-supported and currently has between 40 and 50 players on its books.

But its facilities are badly in need of repair – not helped by thieves who broke in more than a year ago.

President Roy Markillie, who himself played for the club for 31 seasons until he was 50 years old, said: “Like anywhere, we have our share of anti-social behaviour in Holbeach Bank, but on this occasion someone broke in and pinched the hot water tank, which was copper, and all the shower heads and the copper piping.

“They obviously knew it was worth something as scrap metal, but it made quite a lot of work for us.

“It also cost us about £1,500 for us to replace – which was all the money we had saved to try to fix up the clubhouse and keep it in a reasonable condition.

“It was an added expense that we could ill afford.

“The building also needs a new roof because the current one is an asbestos roof and is leaking, and the electrics are not up to scratch.

“In other words it needs quite a lot doing to it.”

The club has already applied to organisations, including the Lincolnshire Football Association, for money to refurbish its facilities and has held a number of events such as quiz nights, race nights and raffles to try to raise vital funds.

But Mr Markillie is hoping a £500 injection from the Smile Fund would be a good start to the project for a more up-to-date facility for the club.

He added: “Every little bit helps and a donation from the Smile Fund would go a little way to repairing the damage done by these mindless thieves.”

Other applicants include:

*Rachel Thompson wants £300 to pay for her son Daniel (10) to go ona school residential PGL trip to Caythorpe.

*Cowbit Village Hall has asked for £500 to reduce the risk of flooding it its car park, as well as improve lighting, security and disabled access.

*Lauren Harper wants £500 towards the £3,595 she needs to raise for an expedition to Borneo.

*Spalding-based Abbey High Fliers Trampoline Club wants £500 towards a new trampoline and safety gear.


Spalding and District Round Table has teamed up with the Spalding Guardian to offer £10,000 to help good causes in the community.

And the great news is that there are really very few limits to who can apply to the Smile fund – and what the money can be used for.

Applicants can be individuals (for themselves or on behalf of someone else), a group of people, a club, an organisation or maybe a school.

Perhaps you or a relative needs a little funding help to redecorate a room in your home or buy an essential item.

Or maybe you know a sports team which needs a new kit or new equipment.

A panel, including Round Table members and a representative of the Spalding Guardian, will decide which applications will be backed with a donation of up to £500.

Requests for amounts over £500 will still be considered but will be put before all Round Table members.

So, fill in the application in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian, or email with the following details: Applicant; Address; Email Address; Your phone number; Total funding request; Who will benefit and how.