Newsletter for all members                                                                               July 2020

This is the first Club Newsletter this year. I am pleased that we have been able to resume bowling since the middle of May and that over 60 members have now renewed their membership. I respect the decision of those of you who have decided not yet to resume playing but I hope that you will feel able to do so shortly. Most of the news affects only playing members but I thought those of you who are not playing might still appreciate knowing what is going on.

As you know Colin Honey did a splendid job during April and May to keep our green in good order so that it was ready for play when we could eventually open. He has continued to work very hard to keep the green in good condition but it is important that he now has some help (please see below).

Rosemary Hunter has rightly received praise and thanks for her frequent phone calls and daily e-newsletters to lady members.

The GPC met for the first time since February and this Newsletter lets you know the outcome of our deliberations plus some other important matters which are largely Covid-19 related.

New green cleaning rota

In response to Colin’s wish for help with green cleaning and some members asking when a cleaning rota would resume, it was agreed that volunteers would be sought. We need one key holder plus one member to do this each weekend, either on a Saturday or Sunday, starting on the weekend of 25/26 July. Please will you let Mandy know if you are willing to volunteer. Cleaning will be the green using the Nilfisk vacuum cleaner plus one ditch. Equipment should be sanitised after use.

Corona Pairs Competition

I am very grateful to Chris Fripp for organising this Competition. There will not be a trophy or a cup but instead a prize for the winning pair. The GPC would like there to be a Competition entry fee of £1 to be placed in the Honeypot charity pot.

Mandy has posted the list of matches to be played and a notice about safety rules on the easel in the Clubroom. This notice is included as an attachment to this letter, together with Centre Rules and Procedures produced by Mandy on behalf of the Town Council, for everybody’s information.  These can also be found on the website.  There are other notices displayed around the Centre, so please make sure that you are familiar with the various ‘dos and don’ts’. We have followed at all times the guidance, recommendations and advice from Bowls England, with permitted minor amendments reflecting our own Centre’s circumstances. If you have any queries or concerns about any of these matters please don’t hesitate to contact Mandy or me.

Triples, roll ups and rinks.

Several members have asked about playing triples. We accepted that this can be allowed, as agreed by Bowls England, but as it requires more concentration on social distancing players must accept greater personal responsibility for this, particularly at the completion of each end. If wanting to book a rink for triples, please make sure that you have the names of six players to give to Mandy.

With immediate effect, the rinks to be used for all matches will be 1 to 4 playing to and from the Clubhouse. This is obviously done to try to have more even wear and tear of the green. Matches at 10.00am and 12.00 will start from the far end away from the Clubhouse, and those at 11.00am and 1.00pm will start from the Clubhouse end. These arrangements are to avoid potential congestion and ensure as safe a movement as possible of players around the Centre but they may be revised in the light of experience.

Roll ups are still not possible for reasons of health, safety and hygiene.

When booking a rink, if the names of any players need to change for any reason please let Mandy know before you start playing. This is essential because of the need to keep accurate records of everybody who visits the Centre. It is also important for everybody’s safety that you do NOT arrive at the Centre more than 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your match.

Spectators are allowed to visit the Club but must make their arrival and departure known to the office.

Ladies Ruby Day A postponed Ladies Ruby Day will go ahead this year on Tuesday 1 September. As Covid-19 safety arrangements stand at present, a maximum of only two lady members will be allowed in the kitchen who are prepared to accept all responsibility for cleanliness. Assuming that this day is a success, there is likely to be a Captain’s team v President’s team match later in September (originally arranged for Monday 25th May).

Several members have been asking about ladies’ and men’s singles competitions which could start in late August or early September. This will not be official, in the sense that the winners will not become Club Champions this year, but a Corona Competition with a prize. We need to judge the level of interest for such competitions so please let Mandy or me know what you think about playing.

There will be a table placed in the Clubroom for any members wishing to place home grown produce, plants and other home-produced items for sale, the proceeds of which will go to this year’s charity Honeypot. Please give generously!

Thank you for your continued support, and for your patience, cooperation and understanding at this difficult time.

With all good wishes Steven

Steven Brice President


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