Update on New Bowling Season

Hope you are all keeping safe and well and that most of you will now have had your first vaccination?

A little belatedly, now we can see the way ahead more clearly, I attach a renewal pack for the forthcoming season. We expect to open the green on Saturday 24th April in an appropriately COVID safe manner. Let’s hope that current measures will allow us to return in April on time. As you may now, we are pleased to offer renewal at the discounted rate of £80 to all who paid in full last year.

I would very much appreciate if you would return your completed forms and payment by 1st April at the latest

Many thanks and best wishes for 2021, both on and off the green.

We are still hopeful of getting an additional shed on the green as we have to vacate our storage cupboard in the pavilion for the benefit of a new Park Cafe. Discussions with the council over precise location have come to a halt during the current situation, but I hope this will have progressed by the start of the season.

An update on our Cabin, our green keepers Tony and Russell have done a grand job digging a trench round 3 sides of our cabin. They were able to sever a couple of big roots and refilled the trenches with some concrete slabs kindly provided by Peter Donnachie, this appears to have had a good result with the cabin base relaxing back and the gaps between the boarding that had opened up closing considerably. Our next job is to treat the outside of the cabin with wood preserver in the Spring.

The Council are looking favourably on our plan to have an additional shed next to the green, however this is on hold until the Covid tiering relaxes as they wish to have a meeting on the green to agree location etc.

There has been some sad news for a couple of previous members of our club. Those who have been members for a number of years will remember Pam Austin who moved down to Cranleigh area who amongst other tasks used to produce our newsletter (perhaps something we should re-introduce?-any offers?). Pam has sadly passed away as well as George Hemmings who unfortunately did fall to the virus.

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Covid 19 Vaccinations

If you or friends/family  are over 80 please note the following info/message.

There are postal delays and letters may take some time. So if you know anyone over 80 please book them in so no vaccination slots go to waste. If you can share this or repost etc. so more people can see it that would be fab. Every person vaccinated helps us move ahead with 2021!

This is the link to the direct booking page :-

https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number

Before people ask me, website, which states you must have a letter, but as said by the booking line itself and the vaccination centres, as long as you are over 80 this is not the case. Here is the link to that page :-

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Again be pleased to hear from anyone who is successful – Stay safe

Chris Jones

Covid 19 Vaccinations

Morning All
I thought I would pass on a couple of posts from a local website which may be of interest to anyone over 80 or friends/family who maybe interested in getting their vaccination. Obviously the logistics of organising this is  mammoth and it appears that they are not fully utilising all the available slots.

Covid-19 Vaccine. Just letting people know, if you are over 80 you can book a slot for your vaccine on the NHS website even if you haven’t got your letter yet from the GP. We did for my grandpa. They had so many slots available for next week so just trying to get the word out so no precious vaccination time is wasted!
We thought so too but if you go to the book a vaccine page there you can just go ahead and book with your NHS number if you are over 80.
I would be interested to know if anyone has success with this.

Chris Jones

2020 Christmas Poem

Hi All,

I found this which I thought worth posting

Be positive. T’was a week before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.
They called it Corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s December
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
Who will see it,
No one but me.
But outside my window
The rain gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope

❤💚 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄

Chris Jones

Improvement plans for EPBC

Epsom Park Bowling Club are hoping to purchase a Greens Iron if we can obtain the necessary funding. This machine, shown on the picture and link below, is used to roll the Green to a very smooth finish, with very little exertion.

https://www.woodbayturftech.com/products/lawn-bowling-greens-roller

Additionally, we would erect a new shed beside the Green, with the Council’s permission. This would house the new Iron, together with some of the chairs and equipment currently cluttering up our existing Cabin.

Our Bowling Green needs to be rolled on a regular basis so that it is very flat – essential to ensure that the bowls proceed in the correct line without any deviation due to bumps or hollows.

We have previously used a very large and heavy roller which had to be pulled manually by several people. This work is really too difficult and the roller is also getting old and rusty, as are several members of the club. We would like to move into the modern era and purchase a motorised machine, as shown in the picture.

Chairman’s Report 2020

The information below is an extract from the report presented at the Virtual AGM in November.

This has been an unusual year to say the least and continues with the club having its first virtual AGM. I am therefore sending you all my report together with a copy of the accounts prior to the meeting. If you have indicated that you did not wish to join the Zoom AGM meeting and want to raise any questions please forward these to Chris Long for inclusion on the agenda.

As you will recall Covid arrived before the season started and as a consequence we were unable to start on time and had to enjoy May’s best weather for many a year from our own back gardens!

It then involved the committee in drawing up playing guidelines in conjunction with Bowls England which then had to be approved by the Council. We eventually started bowling in mid-June but it was sometime later that we were allowed access to our toilets. Whilst maintenance of the green was neglected prior to our delayed start it soon improved with the help of a few men assisting with rolling the green.

Our ballots were well attended and my thanks to Alan Darke and Dave Finch for organising these. Once access to the clubhouse was allowed Dave was able to provide the usual refreshments after the morning ballot. Alan arranged for the evening ballots to start earlier and plans to continue this next year.

Whilst the season was much shorter than normal and as we had no matches against other clubs we managed to run the majority of our internal competitions. We played some competitions on one day,

In addition to limiting our enjoyment of the green we were unable to enjoy any bowls tours or social events, host our invitation day and have any open days to attract new members. This along with the lack of matches and raffles had some impact on our revenue.

Let us hope that this is all behind us when we return in the spring.

CJ

Summer Season 2020

The Green is open and rinks are now booked online in advance of play. Guidelines  for social distancing, sterilisation etc. are in force, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Equipment and other requirements are all available in the cabin on the Green.

Ballots (12 ends, with teams made up from those who sign up on the App) take place at 5.30 pm on Mondays and Fridays. A roll-up is being arranged for Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am, again for members who sign up in advance.

Club competitions are now starting. The draw for Men’s knockout matches is available from the Competitions page and similar details will be shown shortly for Ladies competitions. We hope to arrange some friendly matches against other local clubs in due course.

New bowlers can arrange for advice and coaching via our Club contacts.

Opening The Green!

Hi All

Good news at last!!!!
We are now able to bowl again – I am due to have a meeting with the council next week to discuss risk assessment in relation to the clubhouse. However we are now able to bowl as we have all necessary equipment in the cabin.
As I am sure you appreciate there are some strict guidelines to adhere to and detailed guidelines are are on the link below which I would ask you to study. I would highlight that you must consider your own health before coming to the green and that you must book a rink on-line before bowling. Many of you have now registered with the new on-line booking system and will remain open this weekend for you to familiarise yourself with this, Tom will be happy to assist anyone who is not sure of how it operates.
Anyone wishing to use the green tomorrow (Sunday 28th June) should call Tom to book the rink as the on-line system will be only available for practicing how to use it.
Access to the green and cabin is available with keys that are now in the Key safe which is hidden on the back of the clubhouse the other side of the large box which houses the controls for the watering systems. Gloves will be provided next to it.
We will start the ballots from Friday 3rd July and will start at 5.30, again names have to be entered on line – there is facility for 12 names and Alan Darke will organise the rinks etc when you get there. If you book a place and subsequently can’t make it please remember to cancel on-line and let Alan know.
There will doubtless be changes over the coming days/weeks and I will be in touch as and when.
Once we get used to the new arrangements I hope that we can run our club competitions and news to follow in due course. We will also be looking at the possibility of some local friendly matches.
If you are unsure about anything please feel free to contact me
Chris Jones

Bowls England News: Reopening of Bowling Greens

Hi All

Hope you are all continuing to soldier through these unprecedented times in good health?
Many of you are aware that the activity guidelines are being relaxed and from today many sports may commence including bowls. But before you rush down there we must wait for Bowls England to formulate their guidelines as mentioned in email below as to how we can safely play, and for the board to consider how we can operate on a social distancing basis. It might even be necessary to introduce an online rink booking facility?
Furthermore we are reliant on the Council to open the green and clubhouse and provide us with their rules of operation. I have contacted the Council and now await their advice.
The green was cut yesterday for the first time in over 2 weeks and as of yesterday the plan was to now cut once a week, hopefully this may change once we are able to bowl again. However Tony is asthmatic and is signed off for 12 weeks (4 more).
I hope to be in touch again soon with developments.
Have a read of the email below
Fingers crossedCrossed fingers

Chris Jones
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News release – Tuesday 12th May 2020
 
Note to County Administrators: Please circulate widely
 

HOLDING STATEMENT ON REOPENING OF BOWLING GREENS
ISSUED BY BOWLS ENGLAND CHAIR DAVID TUCKER
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Sunday night that lockdown restrictions would be eased in relation to physical activity and that some outdoor areas, including bowling greens, would be allowed to reopen from Wednesday 13th May.
This announcement, and the subsequent release of more detailed guidance yesterday, has led to a fresh influx of enquiries from Clubs, County Associations and individual members regarding what this will mean for our sport.
Bowls England, and many other national sporting bodies, are still digesting the various documents and awaiting direction from the Government on a range of issues that is expected to include, but not be limited to, the use of toilets, changing rooms and other facilities. As soon as this information is available, we will provide this to you at the earliest opportunity.
Whilst our aim is to expedite the safe resumption of our sport, I am sure you will understand that this is a complex situation and requires due consideration.  We are currently developing some bowls specific guidance, which will assist with many of the practical issues that will need to be considered by Clubs and players. Additionally, a number of Clubs have already shared with us some of their own ideas for restarting locally, and we shall seek to incorporate these within the guidance document. This will be shared in the coming days. We will also be analysing the response to our recent Club Survey in order to determine the priorities for our members over the coming months.
In the meantime, we would recommend you digest the guidance from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) detailed below. Many Clubs may feel that they have taken all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club reopening, whereas others may wish to wait. Similarly, whilst many players are clearly keen to get back on the green, others may choose not to do so immediately. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to enjoy our sport once more, and we hope that guidance we will be issuing will support you do to this safely.
 
DCMS – Key Messages:
1.      We are increasing people’s access to local, outdoor physical activity for the purpose of wellbeing
2.      People will only be able to use these facilities:
a.      By themselves OR
b.      With people from their own household OR
c.      with one other person from outside their household (as long as they stay two metres apart)
3.      You can only exercise in groups of no more than two, unless you are exclusively with members of your household. This means that you cannot have five people from one household plus one person from outside the household playing sport together. You can have two people, from two different households, as long as they are staying two metres apart.
4.      It is for individual Clubs and organisations to develop their own guidance on reopening, to best fit their own situation, in line with the Government’s advice.
DCMS – Q and A:
What has been announced?
The Government has announced that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. You must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising with your household. Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen from Wednesday 13th May 2020 if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with this and related public health guidance. Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, or outdoor swimming pools will remain closed.
What can I do?
All outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted, without time limit, with the exception of swimming in an open-air swimming pool. All must be done alone with members of your household or, providing you are following social distancing guidelines, with one person from outside your household.
What sort of facilities are reopening?
Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to reopen, including outdoor bowling greens.
When will these open?
Facilities will be allowed to open from Wednesday 13th May. Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, must make their own decision about when their facilities are ready. The Government will be publishing high level guidance for sports and venues to help them think about preparations shortly. [Bowls England will be issuing a bowls specific guidance document].
Can I share equipment?
Yes, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures. This might be cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.
Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer
Bowls_ENG

Bowling This Year – 2020

Around this time of the year I am normally emailing you all with details of when the green opens and arrangements for cleaning day etc and welcoming our new members. The last week has seen a massive development with COVID 19 and directions issued by both County and National governing bodies not to mention the Government!

If any of you have been past the clubhouse you will have seen a poster fixed to it stating  “THIS FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE” This was put up by the Council last week and I have subsequently been liasing with the other 3 clubs that Epsom & Ewell look after to formulate the best approach to them in an endeavour to obtain a reduction in our annual fee which forms the majority of our annual expenditure. With the other clubs  agreement I wrote to the Council on our joint behalf seeking how they envisaged this would impact on us and confirmation that they will be adjusting fees in light of our inability to use the facility. Obviously if they are prepared to reduce the fees this will be influenced by the time we are unable to bowl.

County and National Competitions for 2020 have been cancelled and entry fees will be refunded in due course. The Sutton & Epsom league has been cancelled and at this stage no matches will be played until the all clear is given. I am hoping that the green will in some way be maintained and our group of men continue to sweep the green (on their own) so that should we be allowed to bowl later in the season it will be ready for us.

Many of us fall into the vulnerable category and I expect they are already self isolating. This  is going to take us to the middle of the season at the very best, and I would be very surprised if we actually bowl outdoors this year but fingers crossed.

As things develop I will be in touch again but in the meantime please look after yourselves and if anyone needs any assistance please ask.

Chris Jones