Retired surveyor nominated for work on Four Marks Bowls Club

Roy Pullen

Roy Pullen

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

HE is the builder a Hampshire village can rely on.

That is why Roy Pullen is the latest nominee in the Daily Echo Community Star campaign.

The retired quantity surveyor was nominated by his friends at Four Marks Bowls Club for his work building an extension to the clubhouse.

When the club committee was quoted £26,000 for the extension they feared the worst, but Roy’s experience has helped them stretch their funds to the point where the development is now close to completion.

And Roy, 70, has led a team of volunteers in almost 600 hours of unpaid work building the extension – which includes toilets and a kitchen.

Roy, who has been a member for four years, said: “This came about because the club used to use the toilets in the old pavilion nearby but the parish council decided to tear it down. They offered us a portable toilet but some of the members weren’t so keen.

“So I threw a few sketches together and we agreed to move forward and got planning permission.

“We’ve had a grant of £5,000 from East Hampshire District Council and £2,000 from Hampshire Playing Fields Association and there are three other guys who have been brilliant working with me on almost 600 hours’ work so we haven’t spent a penny on labour.”

Nominating Roy, club secretary Anthea Dore said: “Roy has been there every time leading the team and making our meagre funds and some grant money stretch as far as possible.”

The club hopes to have the toilets working by its tournament day on August 13.

The Community Star campaign, in association with affordable housing company Aster, will run until Friday, August 22, when Daily Echo editor-in-chief Ian Murray, Aster’s regional director Jean Dalziel and their customer board member John Cockaday will choose the winners.

First place will receive £500 and £250 to a charity of their choice, second place will be given £250 and £100 to charity, then six highly commended nominations will be given £100 and £50 to charity.

A community star can be any member of the public who goes above and beyond to serve their community.

If you know a Community Star in Southampton, Winchester, Fareham, Eastleigh or the New Forest, contact us at newsdesk@dailyecho.co.uk or ring 023 8042 4522.

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