The green opening and Spring Open bowls have been combined this year. Saturday the 21st May starting at 12pm we will hold the normal Spring Open knockout bowls competition at the District Club. Please sign up on the club noticeboard by the 20th of May and the draw will take place on the day.
Unfortunately this year the green has taken longer to recover so winter bowling has not been available, and the condition of the green is not up to the usual standard for this time of year.
Ongoing renovation is being carried out and the Council have agreed that the green can be opened for play at this time but will have to be closed again for a short time in the near future for further work to be carried out before the bowling season begins.
Since re-opening, we have been pleased to see so many members making use of the club once again. Following our first council meeting after re-opening, we have a few bits of news.
The Barker Bleasdale – We are continuing from where we left off to get the competition completed. Ian McLay has taken over the running of this for and will be contacting those still left in the competition.
Bowls Singles & Doubles – An entry list will be going up in the club or email the social committee to enter. If you are entering the doubles then please confirm with your partner before entering. The first round of the singles will be a round-ribbon with progression dependant on aggregate. For the doubles, it will be a straight knockout. All first-round games must be played by 5th September when the bowling green will be shut for 2 weeks. On reopening each round must be played within 2 weeks.
Open Bowls Competition – Peter Fielding is organising an open bowls event for Wednesday nights. Everybody who turns up will play. Please arrive by 6:30pm on Wednesday nights (starting 5th August) if you wish to join in.
There will be 3 events later in the year (at the moment, situation dependant). Firstly we will be having a social event at the district club instead of the bowls dinner (all members welcome)
Secondly, we will be using the AGM as a social event
Thirdly we will be holding the Xmas draw and draw night.
All dates to be confirmed. Further events as we can arrange them.
Notice to members
The government has agreed a limited return to the playing of bowls. It is indicated that further easing of these restriction can be hoped for shortly if these initial measures work.
We plan on the green being available from Monday 18th May under the following rules
All leagues and external competitions have been cancelled for this year. We will have to see how matters progress for the Club competitions.
1/ Members only, this is vital.
2/ Members cannot go into the Club or use the toilets.
3/ Members should only play alone, with members of your household who are Club Members, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing.
4/ You must only use your own woods, block and mat brought with you. Bring your own hand sanitizer etc. with you
5/There will be a sheet of paper and pens in a plastic sleeve under the lean-to at the side of the club. You must put the time you start, and finish, the date and the names of all playing in legible writing.
6 /A maximum of 2 blocks at any one time,
7/ One hours playing time unless there are less than 2 blocks on the green. If other members are waiting please be practical
8/ No spectators other than members waiting to play.
9/ Maintain social distancing at all times, both playing and waiting.
Please remember these conditions are for the health of all of us, not just some fancy. The recording of who has played for any future contact tracing is vital as ensuring we learn if anyone subsequently suffers from Coronavirus.
Peter Cotton, the Club Safeguarding Officer, should be contacted if there are any issues of any sort.
We intend for the side gate to be unlocked before 10.30am and locked again from 8 to 8.30pm.
The recording of who has played is important in the Government’s plans for any tracing of contacts.
Maintain social distancing at all times.
The jack will need regular sanitizing and you must be careful about touching your face etc as is stressed to us continuously nowadays.
We will be putting a notice covering these points on the glass of the conservatory so that members can see these points when going to play.
We cannot stress enough the importance of following these government conditions if we are to be allowed to continue playing any level of bowls and indeed if we are to progress to phase two with more freedom,
Note to all Members
18th MARCH 2020
We are beginning to receive more definite advice, particularly instructions as to how Clubs such as ourselves should handle the present situation.
People are being advised to avoid social venues for a period of at least 12 weeks because of the gathering together of people. We do not have to close the Club and, given the way the Club is used, with one or two playing snooker or something similar at a time members can continue to use the club at their own risk for snooker and social bowls. We would expect members to follow basic guidelines with an emphasis on handwashing and physical distance. Members over 70 need to be aware of specific government instructions for their age group.
As for scheduled club events, these will be postponed until such time as the current guidance is relaxed and it is appropriate for us once again to have larger-scale functions within the club.
There are a number of points to consider.
1. It may be difficult to keep milk and such like continuously available.
2. The Ladies Bridge Club has closed for at least a month
3. The BCGBA has announced that all leagues and competition under its authority are suspended.
4. I have no information at the moment about the snooker league but would be surprised if it continues at the present.
I am sorry to have to write in this way but am sure you all understand the need.
District Club Council