Our President is pleased to announce that the Opening Day will be Saturday 17th April at 2pm. Anyone wishing to be involved must book by the end of March.
The first Ladies Practice session will be on 19th April at 2pm.
The first Men’s Practice session will be on 20th April at 2pm.
All sessions remain subject to the Government’s roadmap and social distancing.
Thank to Gordon Wallis and all the volunteers who have worked hard to ensure that the green will be available for play on these dates.
As the new bowling season beckons we can begin to look forward to the Opening Day and our first Practice Day. Plans are taking shape for the various leagues, competitions, roll ups and our relaxed Club Nights. Of course all dates are subject to the relevant Covid restrictions, but if the roadmap continues on target our Opening day will be either the 17th or 23rd April (dependent also on the weather).
Club members are asked to pay their subscriptions to Judy Smooker; her details can be found on the newsletter; £120 full membership, £67.50 for new members, £40 for junior members and £13 for associate members.
The Club’s report in the Gazette can be found on page 48. Click on the link below to read our update, along with all the other local news across Purbeck.
Firstly, thanks to all that helped Gordon to turn our new green into something to be proud of and kept it maintained.
We did manage, under severe restrictions, to play some bowls throughout the shortened season and complete our club knock-out competitions. Unfortunately, the engraver has been closed due to Covid, so we are not sure when the trophies will be available for collection.
The controlled rink diary of three sessions per day on three rinks, (63 rink sessions per week)worked well. Including the Men’s triples League and Ladies practice, we had an average take-up of 80% quite amazing, lets keep that usage going forward to next season.
The committee offered ‘Honorary Life Membership’ to Two members in recognition of long and distinguished support and service to the club. Both Jean Broadbent and Mary Vyeaccepted, certificates will be presented as soon as we can organise a legal ‘gathering’.
In mid December we will be dismantling the ‘green’ equipment shed, to replace it with a larger one. If any one wants it or can put it to good use rather than scrap it, please contact me.
Minutes will be produced, passed and displayed as normal
Our finals weekend is upon us. The schedule shows the diversity of finalists across the competitions and we wish everyone a ‘good game’.
Competitors and spectators are reminded of the strict requirements to follow the ‘rule of 6’ and the COVID safe procedures within the Pavilion. Please bring your own food, but the good news is that the bar will be open!
All our competitions are now well underway and the reduced bowling time hasn’t affected the quality of bowling! A risk assessment has been completed for the Pavilion which means Club members may use the lockers to store their bowls. There are clear requirements that no more than 2 people can be in the locker rooms at any time and they must not be used for changing. From 3rd August competition results will be posted on the notice boards in the Pavilion. There is a clearly marked one way system in place and a requirement to sign in when using the Pavilion for track and trace purposes. A copy of the risk assessment can be found on the noticeboard.
If there are any questions about the new systems please contact a member of the Committee. They have put in a huge amount of work to make sure we can play bowls and the Club members pass on their grateful appreciation.
This has been the most ‘interesting ‘ start to any bowling season ever.
We have a brand new green, in perfect playing condition, thanks to our ‘Green Manager’ Gordon Wallis and all his little helpers. But in April we were in lockdown and could not play on it!
However, following stringent Government and Bowls England guidelines on social distancing and good housekeeping, we were able to start bowling on Monday 18th May.
Only using 3 rinks with a rink between each, playing singles, 2 people per rink. With further relaxation of the lockdown, we have increased this to 4 bowlers per rink, playing pairs. Rinks times booked strictly through a central site (Me)
We have now started to instigate our club knockout matches and members are currently filling in their ‘Competition Entry Forms’ to be in on 25th June, latest.
So small progression with competition starting early July, and our finals weekend on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.
At least we are out in the sun and having fun enjoying our bowling. The only things missing are inter club league competition and the BAR. The league competition will not take place this year BUT THE BAR MAY OPEN!
Remember: Stay Alert-Control The Virus-Save Lives
Keep Safe-Keep Bowling
This is just a quick update from President Barrie