Jan 12th 2021
Welcome to you all and to 2021. It's good to see the back of 2020 but still have difficult times ahead if we are to overcome this pandemic and get back to bowling and to all meet up once again.
We are hoping and planning for a resumption in club activity as early as the Government allow us to, but it may be a little different than previous years.
The Spring meeting was scheduled for February 28th. but this is highly unlikely to go ahead at the moment but we will let you all know as soon as we are able to do so.
We wish all our bowlers a Happy New Year and to keep safe until such times that we are released from the lock-down and all been vaccinated.
June 23rd 2020
Following government guidelines regarding social gathering, it is now possible to allow members to resume bowling on Wednesday 1st July 2020, but under certain restrictions.
Listed below are the restrictions and guidance notes that are necessary to ensure personal safety whilst attending the bowls club.
The physical and mental wellbeing of members is really important, so by ensuring social distancing and staying safe, it will be possible to return to bowling albeit for roll-ups only at this stage.
To ensure that members can attend a roll-up safely without too many bowlers being present, we have now obtained a on-line booking system enabling roll-ups to be booked at specific times. (see notes below)
To book a slot, the lead bowler organising the roll-up, should go to a new specific website and follow the instructions. i.e. fill in your name and pin number and the day,time and rink. Instructions are listed on this website for you to follow. Pin numbers will be sent out to individual members by e-mail.
Website address :-
Club fees are being with-held this season, so to cover our on-going expenses and utility bills, it has been suggested that a roll-up fee of £2 per bowler per roll-up to be charged to enable the club to remain solvent. These fees will be collated at the end of the season and individual members will be invoiced accordingly.
It will also be the duty of the lead bowler (organising the roll-up) to fill in an attendance sheet, listing all the members taking part in the roll-up to enable us to know who has played. This attendance sheet will be located just inside the clubhouse. Please sanitise the pen afterwards.
Welcome back, stay safe and enjoy your bowling.
St Mary Bourne Bowling Club
Corona Virus Control Measures
Attendance must be pre- booked on booking website and casual attendance without a booking is not allowed
Players must depart 20 minutes before end of booked time slot to allow players to arrive and depart safely
Only alternate rinks as marked with rink numbers 1,2 & 3 can be played on
On each rink up to a maximum of 4 players may play enabling singles or doubles to be played
Players from different households must stay 2 meters apart at all times
Time slots will commence at 12.00 & 15.00 & 18.00 hrs
Spectators are not allowed
Members with cold, flu or virus type symptoms must not come to the club
Club house and Facilities
Clubhouse is closed except for access to toilets and will be cordoned off accordingly
Only the ladies disabled toilet will be available for use and the other ladies toilet cubicle and the men’s toilets are not to be used and will be marked closed and cordoned off
Only one player at a time is to use the toilet access route and toilets
Access to the clubhouse will be through the front door only and a key will be provided in key safe and is to be returned at end of play
Mats and Jacks will be found outside clubhouse under plastic chairs and must be returned to the same position at the end of play and cleaned
No other equipment will be available for use and the equipment shed will be locked
Any personal equipment like lifters must only be touched by the owner
Hygiene and Sanitisation
Players must clean all surfaces touched including padlocks, keys, toilets and equipment before leaving
Players must bring their own sanitisers and cloths or wipes
A bucket and disinfectant will be placed next to mats and jacks to enable them to be cleaned and a spray sanitiser will be provided for use during play
Players must bring any refreshments they require and must take any waste away with them and bins must not be used.
Following the governments advice to close all sporting events / clubs, St Mary Bourne Bowling Club has made the following decisions:
All Clubs should by now be aware of the guidance issued on 18th March by Bowls England. This note amplifies that guidance and therefore our club will NOT be opening until we have advice from our
Bowling at all Clubs, should not take place in the early part of the season prior to 1st July.
A large proportion of members are over age 70 and may well be self-isolating. Social Distancing will be in place and many Clubs will have problems in maintaining their greens in this period.
Bowls England therefore, recommends that Clubs should not allow bowling before 1st July.
It has been decided to suspend all Inter Club Competitions due to start on Mon. 27th May.
The situation is changing daily but at present it is hoped to play the second half of the competitions starting on 1st July 2020.
Should the situation improve and we get greens open earlier than that, then we will review the situation.
We understand that National competitions have been cancelled this year and we are expecting County competitions to follow this trend. We appreciate that local bowlers will be looking for competitive games. So whilst we have temporarily suspended the leagues and with this respective, internal competitions as well, we feel that a compressed competition schedule running through to late September maybe feasible.
We wish all our bowlers well in the coming weeks and months.
Welcome back to St Mary Bourne BC website.
A new season is slowly approaching and I hope we are all looking forward to playing back outdoors and longing for some bright weather to play in.
Most members have now registered for the season but unfortunately a few members have not joined this season for various reasons but it is hoped that the club's open day will encourage new members.
With this reduction in members, it was necessary to reduce the number of Wednesday league teams to two,and so we have decided to withdraw the Eagles team from the Whitchurch League. It is hoped that if membership increase during the season, then next year, we may be able to reinstate the third team.
The B.D.B.A. Monday league team is very well supported for the season but again, there are insufficient numbers to make up two teams.
The Stan Hardman Thursday team is also well supported and will compete as usual in the Western Division.
Team Managers 2020 are :-
Monday League - Tony Grunsell
Wednesday Hawks - Len Mew
Wednesday Merlins - Alastair Bunce
Thursday Stan Hardman - John Alchin
We are hoping to renew to carpet in the clubhouse as soon as possible and if funds allow us.
To that end, quotes are being sourced and a decision will be made shortly.
It is also imperative that the paving slabs around the bowling green are re-levelled where necessary as they have become a trip hazard and is an accident waiting to happen. We will therefore be asking for as many volunteers as possible to assist in this mammoth task before the start of the bowling season. The alternative, will be to employ contractors, at great expense to the club, to make safe the paved area.
Along the same theme, this y ear we will be employing contractors to keep the hedges trimmed, as this has become a difficult task for the very few members who, every year struggle to trim the hedges and remove all the trimmings. This is the reason that the annual subscriptions have been increased to cover this hedging cost.
The season kicks off with the Spring Meeting on Sunday 23rd February at 3:00pm at the clubhouse.
Please try and come along to discuss this seasons matches, friendlies and events and any ideas for improving the club and ways to fund raise to help cover all the running costs.
Hope to see you all soon.
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