June 2020 UPDATE
Dear Fellow Bowler
I am pleased to announce that following a meeting on 22nd June the committee have agreed that commencing on the 1st July, the club will be open to all members to roll up and play at any time. The only exception to this is Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm until approximately 5pm. The three afternoons will be available to all members to play in an Umbrella style competition, which will be, for the time being the only competitive event held at the club.
All members are reminded that the restrictions under the Covid 19 guidance must be adhered to. Social distancing presently two metres but presumably reducing to one metre is the responsibility of each individual and hand gel provided around the club must be used as well as washing hands with soap and water.
Members are asked to minimise any time spent in the clubhouse to accessing the club via the main door, collecting woods from your own locker and using the toilets as and when required. Any meetings with other members must take place outside and remain in small groups with sufficient distance.
The Jacks are in the equipment shed in a disinfectant solution, please use personal jacks where possible and take a mat for each end of the green which will need to be wiped with the disinfectant solution when you return them after your game.
The Umbrella will be monitored by Margo and other committee members, entry will be £1 each player per game, scores will be recorded and it will be either winner takes all or possibly played as a Gold, Silver Bronze style competition, with a percentage to all three winners.
Any questions please contact either me on 01395 265754 or another member of your committee who will be able to help you with the answers.
The most important thing is to enjoy your bowls and Keep Safe at all times.
May 2020 UPDATE
The latest communication from Bowls England interprets the government’s Guidelines in the opening up of our outdoor sport.
Attached is the official Bowls England document.
The three major points it covers allowing clubs to start playing are dealt with below.
1. Over 70 restrictions still apply.
The official Government guidance is detailed below.
* Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70-year-olds and over?
The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimize contact with others outside their household.
If they do go out more frequently, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions.
We know that those aged 70 and over can be absolutely fit and healthy and it’s not the case that everybody over 70 has a chronic health condition or an underlying disease.
But unfortunately, we also know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of coronavirus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.
Anyone who has been advised to shield by the NHS or his or her GP, including those 70 and over, should continue to do this until at least the end of June?
2. Club Houses must remain closed.
Access to the clubhouse will only be to collect keys, use the mail gangway, and toilets. In order to ensure safety, there will need to be sufficient sanitization in key areas.
The club will provide hand sanitizer, placing them at key points for members to use. But members are advised to bring their own hand sanitizer.
The equipment shed where mats and jacks are stored will contain sufficient cleaning products to be used before and after play. The Jacks will be kept in a sanitizer solution. The mats must be sprayed with sanitizer before and after use.
Notices will be displayed in the clubhouse reminding members of the various precautions, booking requirements, etc. a committee member will be available on-site during the opening periods. With the exception of the toilets, the changing rooms will be out of bounds. Members will be required to bring Bowls and shoes that should be kept at home and carried to and from the green.
3. A playing rota must be in place to allow singles games only (roll-ups) to take place.
There will be just three Rinks in use to ensure Social Distancing is maintained. The rinks, which must be booked in advance, will be open from 1000 – 1200 on Tuesday mornings and from 1400 – 1600 on Thursday afternoons.
Mike Killoran is going to collate bookings and initially oversee the playing periods and if demand exists it is possible that further roll-up sessions will be provided.
Booking will be via phone, text or email
Mobile phone 07588 361189
Landline 01395 265754
Please remember that the playing numbers will be limited to a maximum of 6 per period, two on each rink, and a maximum of three rinks to ensure safe social distancing is allowed.
This process will be in place from Tuesday 26th May until the end of June. Hopefully, restrictions will be further eased after this point and we hope to open to all members on the 1st of July for competitive Bowls. This is in line with Bowls England's original communication. But is of course based on Government guidelines