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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