Club’s quest to fund new building

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 October 2015

Members of Backwell Judo Club raising awareness of their new building appeal.

Members of Backwell Judo Club raising awareness of their new building appeal.


A sports club in Backwell has raised £12,000 towards its new building appeal.

Backwell Judo Club members.Backwell Judo Club members.

Budokan Backwell Judo Club has been running since 1989 but the two portable buildings members practise in are now in desperate need of replacement.

Chief instructor Julie Jenkins said: “The buildings have stood proud for 20 years and are beginning to show their age. The wooden walls and plasterboard interior have been patched because of damp created by leaks in the roof and condensation caused by hardworking judoka.

“The buildings are poorly insulated, very cold and difficult to heat in the winter and extremely stuffy in the summer.

“In 2013 we started fundraising in order to replace the buildings with a brick built structure that would not suffer from any of these afflictions.

“This year we have received planning permission to build a pitched roofed, brick built building on the same footprint as our present building based on the architect plans drawn up last year. Our next step is to begin applying for grants which will help us achieve our dream of a new, warm and airy purpose-built building.”

The next fundraising event is a three-course dinner with a live band and auction at Congresbury’s DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on November 20.

Tickets, priced £28, can be booked by emailing

A Christmas market is also being held at the WI Hall, Station Road, from 10am-1pm on December 5 in aid of the cause.

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