Bowls’ Big Weekend at Epsom Park Bowling Club

The public are welcome to Epsom Park Bowling Club for #BowlsBigWeekend. The club will be open to the public between 10:00 and 12:00 on Friday 29th to Monday 30th May!

Please register a place by sending a mail to epbcmembership@gmail.com or call 07716 481762. All that is needed to attend are flat shoes and trainers. Please bring some sunshine with you!

Do you know a dead bowl from a dead end? A wick from a wide? A back bowl from a back hand? A short from a shot?

Epsom Park Bowling Club will provide an introduction to bowling with hands on experience in a socially distanced and COVID-19 safe environment. This is part of #BowlsBigWeekend, Bowls’ Big Weekend, organised by Bowls England.

For, those wishing to to takes things a little further, one of our coaches will make a mutually convenient arrangement for further time on the green

EPBC – Open Day + Playing Guidelines for 2021

Our updated Playing Guidelines are on the link. Please read these before you start bowling. As the guidelines will hopefully relax we will keep you advised of any changes.



Finally our first of two Open Day events is on Sunday 9th May, from 10:30 to 12:30.

If you have any family or friends that you think might like to come along and give it a try please encourage them. We are restricted to a maximum of 24 on the green at any time it would help us to organise if you could let me know of any likely attendees.

Start of the Bowling Season!

We are rapidly approaching the start of our new season which I hope will be more like old times. There will still be some restrictions and as a guide you should have a look at the download on the link below from Bowls England.

This also needs the Councils approval which I am actively pursuing. I hope that we will have access to the changing rooms but masks will need to be worn if you need to use them.

Initially we propose that the dress attire for matches will be greys saving the need to change. Refreshments will not be provided after games and you may wish to bring your own provisions in this respect. More directions will appear in due course.

You should have received emails about our new website and hope that you will be able to navigate your way around this. I am sure Tom will once again provide any help you might need. Our Thanks to Tom/Chris L. and Roger C. for the time and expertise spent in developing this in conjunction with the Web Designer (Myclubhouse). This replaces the Rink Diary website we used last year and has many more features including applying to play in games (No more sheets to put your name on!).

In the interim whilst you get the hang of it – if you are able to play in any of the early matches you can email me. These are listed below :-

Thurs 29th Apr at Purley  2.30  Mixed
Sat 1st May at Ashtead 2.00  Mens Friendly
Sun 2nd May Home v Pippbrook 2.30  Mixed – New Fixture
Wed 5th May Home v Bookham  2.30  Mixed

For those of you who have entered the County competitions this year there are some changes – firstly you need to have logged in to Bowls Surrey – this will show details of all competitions you are entered in and details of your opponent. If you win you must then enter the result on line. There is also a change to the number of ends played and reduced bowls used in pairs and triples.


Chris Jones

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.

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.