Following the government announcement on 10th May, in accordance with its road map, Bowls England have issued new guidance which is applicable from Monday 17th May. The full guidance document can be seen on the Bowls England website but the two headlines which will come as a welcome to all involved in forward planning and the league programme is:-
All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of Bowls England will be removed
Car sharing, spectators and indoor hospitality will be permitted.
Although changing rooms can be opened we should still adhere to social distancing and wear masks when indoors remembering that our changing rooms are small and therefore of limited capacity.
The men’s league programme starts on Monday in Liskeard as can be seen from the fixture list which has now been put on line. Our fixture cards, which have been put on hold until some degree of certainty exists, will be available from the club house from 20th May onwards.
In accord with the rules laid down by Bowls England the
green was open as from today for roll-ups with restricted
numbers and booking requirements as detailed in the
previous news item. The other news is that men’s and lady
members will be playing league matches albeit the start may
delayed for some competitions and there will be for some
time a restriction on the number of bowlers on the green at
any one time. All current members should contact either the
secretary or treasurer as soon as possible if they want to
rejoin as affiliations to Bowls Cornwall have to be submitted
before 1 st May.
Instead of the normal taster days in April we will be joining in
with Bowls England’s Big Weekend on 29 th -31 st May when
national advertising will promote the sport.
Look out for more local advertising nearer the day.
We will be opening the green for members from 15th April based on restrictions as summarised below. We will not be having a formal opening on 17th April.
- The changing rooms and club house will be closed except for the use of the disabled toilets. Please come in your kit and change shoes before play.
- You should play only on the three rinks as laid out.
- Singles and pairs can be played in the first instance—this is likely to change.
- No spectators are allowed
- Mats and jacks-one per team- should only be handled by one person in your team and sanitised after use and before storage. All equipment will be stored in the room at the back of the club house.
- You should book your slot with Penny Philp on 01208- 873169 who will keep your contact details for 21 days in accordance with Track and Trace.
- The green will be open during the following hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10-12,12-2,2-4,4-6 and 6-8
Monday 2-4,4-6 and 6-8
Thursday 3-5, 5-7
As normal the green maybe closed at any time due to bad weather.
- Further instructions, if necessary, will be left in the clubhouse.
We are expecting further guidance from Bowls Cornwall about national and league competitions before 12th April but if restrictions continue we are hoping to arrange some internal club competitions until things get back to normal.
If you are in any way marking the green in play PLEASE use the large green mats provided.
As of 26th March Bowls England issued a document which gave some guidance as to how bowls could be safely played from 29th March in line with the government plans for the opening of outdoor sports. This statement can be read in full on their web site www.bowlsengland.com.
From a local standpoint Bowls Cornwall released a statement on the 29th March which advised all clubs that the Bowls England guidance was being considered and that further guidance relating to our own County programme, competitions and league matches will be issued to clubs by 12th April.
As you are aware we were due to open on 17th April but this formal opening is unlikely to be possible under the rules. I will keep you all updated on the web site as to what we can do and when.
Following an announcement that British Isles Bowling Events for 2021 have been cancelled
Bowls England have issued the following statement :-
“It was with a heavy heart that we supported the decision to cancel all of these events,
however it is undoubtedly the right one. The concerns over travel and accommodation for
large numbers of people made this decision inevitable.
“Domestically we remain confident that, thanks to the rollout of the vaccine and our
experience from last season of bowling taking place in a Covid-friendly manner, people will
be out playing in England at an early date. We are still planning for a full competitive season
including national competitions and national championships, however we are working on a
number of contingencies should there be a need to delay the start date. The cancellation of the
British Isles events will provide opportunity for more flexibility in the calendar should the
“We also recognise that it is important for us to provide opportunities for new people to try
our sport and enjoy its many physical and social benefits, and we are continuing work on our
first-ever National Open Weekend from Friday 28 th to Monday 31 st May. We were one of the
first sports to ‘open’ in 2020 and we will be working with clubs to help people get back to
bowls and welcome newcomers into our sport.”
Your club committee are also continuing to plan for the season with preparation of the fixture
list and the green but will have to wait until we have more detail from both central
government and then Bowls England before we can give you any real detail of how the
season will pan out.
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and we will continue to update the web site with
any pertinent information.
As we approach mid-January the time has arrived when we have to start
making plans for the 2021 season despite the lockdown and the chances of a
normal season seem very far off. The vaccine will bring some hope and I know
that some of our older members have had their jabs and hopefully most of the
over 70’s and those most vulnerable will have at least one dose by end
The men’s yellow book has now been produced in draft form and the Group 2
and ECBL fixtures have been put in our diary by our new Fixture Secretary
Morley Tubb to start at the beginning of May. We will keep you updated
through either e-mails, letter or notices posted on the web site if any decisions
are made by Bowls England or Bowls Cornwall concerning any possible start
date and restrictions that may apply.
Despite the lockdown restrictions a very small group are continuing to keep
the green and surrounds in as good a condition as possible whilst keeping
social distancing and using masks when necessary. I am aware that others are
willing to help but in the present circumstances the fewer people as possible to
get the jobs done is the best policy. As last year I am fully aware of the financial
restraints and will only be spending what is necessary and ensuring that our
capital equipment is in a state of readiness when required.
As we reach the start of December and some positive news about vaccines Bowls England and Bowls Cornwall are assuming that bowls will be played in 2021 and are setting out dates and booking greens ahead and putting together the important “yellow book” which includes information about all clubs affiliated to Bowls Cornwall. Your new committee continue to do what duties are required but no meetings have taken place since early September, before the virtual AGM, due in part to government restrictions indoors. I hope you all have had an opportunity to read details of the virtual meeting which have been placed in the passworded Members Section of this web site.
We have managed to secure some National and County games in 2021 which always ensure some well needed income but also require significant effort to get the green ready and particularly from our lady members to provide the excellent food and drink.
As is normal in December and especially as the winter has so far been moist and relatively warm the grass keeps on growing and moss as usual is our worst enemy and needs to be kept under control. The other main jobs are to keep leaves on the green to a minimum in part to discourage earth worm casting and to continue to ensure that aeration is maintained to ensure drainage and oxygen passage to the roots and soil. All fertilisers have now been purchased for the 2021 season to ensure 2020 prices.
Our gardeners have also been very busy by building and improving our flower beds and keeping the banks and surround grass in a tidy condition helping to minimise spread of weeds/disease from the surrounds to the green.
As we near the end of a very different season with little evidence of significant
wear on the green it is now time to close the green and consider the Autumn
Programme of work that needs to be carried out.
The challenge set out at the start of the season, when the future of any bowls
being played was questionable, was to maintain a surface that could easily and
quickly be made playable whilst keeping social distancing between green
workers and reducing expenditure in line with expected revenues. As time
went by and restrictions were lifted it was evident that a small proportion of
the membership wanted to play and therefore the green had to be made
suitable although not up to normal match quality. My decision at the time, to
reduce expenditure was to cut to 7.00mm and, if feasible, to only cut once a
week and reduce nitrogen feeds by at least 70%. As the summer progressed if
was evident that we needed to cut twice a week as growth was strong, cover
for holiday and an unfortunate quarantine and for that I thank Adrian and Roy
who took on the task. Thanks also to Dave and Brian who kept an eye on the
machines when necessary. My daily brushers should be remembered as the
job they do is important in minimising disease.
It is sometimes forgotten that our grass surrounds also need looking after as
weeds/disease can easily be transferred onto the green-thanks to Badger with
Adrian’s help and also for developing a new garden at the far side known
affectionally as “Badger’s End”.
Please see the updated briefing (3rd June) from Bowls England in the “news” section.
COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS
Please see latest briefing under the news section.