Summer Opening 2021

Dear Members

I am pleased to confirm our Summer opening times from 17th May 2021. They are as follows:

Monday. 9.45am – 11.45am, 12pm – 2pm, 7 – 9pm

Tuesday. 9.45am – 11.45am, 12pm – 2pm, 7 – 9pm

Wednesday. 9.45am – 11.45am, 7 -9pm

Thursday. 9.45am – 11.45am, 12pm – 2pm.

Friday. 9.45am – 11.45am, 7 – 9pm

The club will open at 9.25am for morning sessions and 6.40pm for evening sessions.

Naomi will be in touch with those of you that booked a Summer Rink last year to see if you would like to retain that rink slot this Summer.
If you do not have a booked rink and would like one, please collect a group of at least eight bowlers and reply to Naomi and she will contact you to discuss rink availability.

Please remember that until the 21st June only six members(any household) can bowl on a rink. From the 21st June fours can resume.

The Myclubhouse booking system will go live eight days prior to opening for all other bookings, including the restaurant and bar. Once again bar and restaurant tables may be booked for up to six people from different households.

Membership

Some bowling members did not rejoin last September, but may be interested in rejoining for the remainder of the year. If you know of anyone who wishes to join or rejoin, the membership cost from 17th May to 30th September is £50 (as per E&DIBA pricing policy). Please contact Teresa Hubbins at the following email address: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Collect your Bowls.

Members who are wishing to collect their Bowls for the outdoor season may do so on Friday 26th March between the hours of 10am and 1pm.

We will plan for the future to ensure a safe but more amenable environment for the members to enjoy.

Take care

Dave Parks
Chairman

Our Pathway to Freedom

Dear Members

I hope you are all keeping well.

Our pathway to freedom has been laid out by the Government and I wish to inform you that we will reopen on the 17th May under the conditions approved by the English Indoor Bowls Association.

Indoor bowls clubs will be able to allow up to six bowlers from different households or members from two households on a rink. The Club Bar and Restaurant will be able to serve people indoors via table service for up to six people or members of two households. On the 21st June it’s is hoped everything will return to normal.

The above is subject to the Government not altering the dates.

In the near future we will be asking you if you would like to take up a Summer booked rink. So now is a good time for rink leaders to ring around and check with their friends. If you would like a booked rink we would expect you to have a minimum of eight players.

We are aware that members will want to collect their bowls for the outdoor Summer Season. We will arrange a collection time for late March so that members can come and get them.

We have a lot of planning to do and the future is bright, so take care of yourselves and we will be in touch once we have reviewed our options.

Best Wishes
Dave Parks
Chairman

Club Closure . . .

Dear Members

I’m sure you are all aware by now that Sussex has been placed in Tier 4 by the Government. Therefore the Club will be shut until further notice.

We will make every effort to open immediately once our area is in a lower tier. If you have any questions or queries please email email hidden; JavaScript is required and Naomi will forward the email to me.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

Dave Parks

Chairman

Christmas Opening Hours / Sunday Lunch / Tier 3

Dear Members

GOVERNMENT TIERS ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY

The Government announced today that our area will remain in Tier 2. Therefore our club will continue to open on the existing basis. Unfortunately anybody who lives in a Tier 3 area cannot visit the club until the next Government review in two weeks time.

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

December 21st – 23rd Normal opening hours

December 24th – 27th Closed

December 28th – 31st Sessions 9.30 – 11.30am, 11.45 – 1.45pm, 2-4pm

January 1st -2nd Closed

January 3rd onwards – normal opening hours.

SUNDAY ROAST DINNERS

20th December – Roast Beef

Restaurant closed from Monday 21st – 2nd January ( Mince pies, sausage rolls & Cakes will be available from the Bar)

3rd January – Roast Pork

Ring Michelle on 07983 520461 to book your table.

Finally on behalf of the Management Committee and Staff I would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a future to look forward too in the New Year. We are going through difficult times and I thank you all for supporting your club during these times.

Best Wishes

Dave Parks

Chairman

Restaurant Opening Times

DUE TO COVID-19 government guidelines, you can only come into the restaurant if  you have pre booked.

If you would like to book a table in the Restaurant please do so via ‘Myclubhouse’.

Tables are automatically booked for one hour however you can adjust the time to book for longer. To comply with Covid-19 guidelines you must be one household or one support bubble. Please enter the full name of every person that is sitting with you, this is to ensure we know exactly who has visited our club. If you would like to book for the current day you will need to phone the club 01323 506009 and ask to speak to Michelle.

Opening Times Week Commencing 7th December

Mon 10 – 2 pm

Tues 10 – 2 pm, 6 – 8pm (EVENING MEAL ROAST LAMB / VEGGIE OPTION, 2 courses £10)

Wed 10 – 2 pm

Thurs 10 – 2 pm

Fri 10 – 2 pm, 6 – 8 pm (EVENING MEAL STEAK & MUSHROOM PIE / VEGGIE OPTION, 2 courses £10 )

Sat CLUB CLOSED

Sun 10 – 2 pm (ROAST CHICKEN )

Opening Times Week Commencing 14th December

Mon 10 – 2 pm

Tues 1pm & 7pm FOR PRE BOOKED CHRISTMAS DINNER 2 courses £17 to include Coffee, mince pie and chocolates. Table entertainment. £5 deposit when booking. Prize for best Christmas outfit !

Click here to view Christmas Dinner Menu

Wed 10  -2pm

Thurs 10 – 2pm

Fri 1pm & 7pm FOR PRE BOOKED CHRISTMAS DINNER 2 courses £17 to include Coffee, mince pie and chocolates. Table entertainment. £5 deposit when booking. Prize for best Christmas outfit !

Click here to view Christmas Dinner Menu

Sat CLUB CLOSED

Sun 10 – 2pm (ROAST BEEF)

Week Commencing 21st to be announced.

COVID Tier . . . Update No.2 . . . Club Re-opening . . .

Dear Members

Firstly, I would be grateful if you could share this information with any member you may know who does not receive email communication or access to our website or Facebook page.

The easiest option would be to do nothing, but we are a members club, and we have a responsibility to do our best for you. So we are pleased to be opening our doors again next Monday 7th December with the first session starting at 9.30am. The restaurant and bar will also be open.

BOWLING.

Organised indoor bowls can take place for 2 people from different households (singles play) or for people from the same household/support bubble on the same rink as long as they do not interact with people on other rinks.

For supervised under 18 bowls activities, these are able to take place with larger group mixing.

You will be able to book an online rink for next week from 9.30am this Thursday morning 3rd December

Session times have changed slightly as there is now only fifteen minutes between sessions.

There are 5 two hour sessions a day, but you may feel two hours is too long for singles play, any session can be halved to one hour. The club will close on Saturdays but will be opened if rink demand out ways the available sessions.

LADDER LEAGUE

As we can only play singles (apart from bubbles) this is the ideal opportunity to contact, organise and play your outstanding Ladder League matches. Make contact with your opponents, arrange an amicable date and either book your own matches, or if you wish to make a booking more than 8 days in advance, email “email hidden; JavaScript is required” with your dates and you will receive a confirmation email of your booking.

RESTAURANT

The restaurant will be open as usual and full opening hours are listed on the restaurant online booking site. Tables have been set out to conform to the “tier two” dining arrangements for restaurants. Members who cannot form a bubble will be seated at a separate table. The tables are set out to make you feel welcome and not isolated.

We will also be offering special lunchtime and evening dining events in the run up to Christmas. These events are limited to a maximum of 40 members.

Please support the Restaurant.

VOLUNTEERS

The management committee are most grateful for the help we have received from all the volunteers who have helped in this difficult year. Whether you are someone who has cleaned the club or marshalled the rinks, we still need you and some more helpers.

To keep our overheads down all our staff, apart from Michelle who is our Assistant Manager and restaurant cook, will remain furloughed.

We have 28 two hour sessions to cover each week.

Therefore we need helpers urgently, not so much to keep an eye out for transgressions of Covid rules, as the Bowling Green will not be as busy, but more to see people in and out of the club and answer the telephone.

Please contact the club on 01323 506009 and leave your details and we will get back to you.

Those of you that offered your services before, I would be grateful if you could confirm that you are still available and which sessions you could cover.

So all that remains now is to get bowling again. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Keep Safe

Dave Parks

Chairman

COVID Tier . . . Update No.1

Dear Members
Last evening I received the following communication from the English Indoor Bowls Association. The following is an abbreviation that outlines how it will affect our club.

Dear EIBA Correspondent,

We have unfortunately not received any formal response to our queries relating to the restrictions to playing Indoor Bowls under the new 3 Tier System, starting on 2nd December 2020.

Therefore, as promised, please find attached a DRAFT Guidance that outlines what each Tier will mean for your club and members. The specific restrictions that we have requested more clarity on for the sport are highlighted in red along with what we have asked.

Tier Two – HIGH RISK 

For Clubs in an area of high risk there are changes required. 

Organised indoor bowls will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). *

For supervised Under 18 and / or Disability specific bowls activities these are able to take place with larger group mixing e.g. Fours format. 

Club bars and restaurants can remain open between the hours of 5am to 11pm but are only allowed to have people from the same household / support bubble on a table. Alcohol is only permitted to be sold with a substantial meal. Last orders have to be at 10pm with guest leaving the venue by 11pm. 

*The EIBA is seeking clarity on what this actually will allow Indoor Bowls Clubs to provide.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW.

Yesterday morning our Management Committee met to discuss what should happen moving forward. It is unhelpful that the Government have not replied as yet to requests from the EIBA.

It is our intention to open in some capacity and as a minimum the conditions set out above. Indeed its pretty disgusting that crowds of up to 4000 people can attend a football match, yet we are not allowed to have up to 36 people bowling on our green.

Until we hear further from the EIBA whether arrangements can be more relaxed all booked rinks, leagues and competitions are temporarily suspended.

Please do not use the booking system until you are asked to do so.

We cannot stress enough that these prohibitive conditions are laid down by the Government and not us.

A provisional opening date of Monday 7th December has been set for reopening but we will confirm this no later than this Thursday, when we hope to have had a further update from the EIBA.

Finally we have been asked by some members how the club finances are doing during these unfortunate times. I can assure all members that the club is financially sound and this is thanks to those of you that paid their subscriptions in full whether you intended to come into the club or not.

Please take care, a vaccine is on the horizon and hopefully in a few months we can get back to some normality.

Best Regards

Dave Parks

Chairman

COVID Tier . . .

Dear Members

I’m sure you are all aware that Eastbourne Borough has been placed in Tier 2 of the Government restrictions.

Unfortunately this will alter how our club can operate.

I am awaiting further guidelines from the English Indoor Bowls Association to understand if or how we can open under the new restrictions.

I am expecting an announcement from EIBA tomorrow, although this may not be a full explanation as they are still awaiting final government guidance.

I will communicate with you as soon as our committee have had a chance to discuss the situation.
Best regards

Dave Parks

Chairman

Save Our Sports Campaign Petition

The UK’s sport and physical activity sector has joined forces to launch a new campaign called Save Our Sports, urging the Government to save grassroots sport, fitness and leisure facilities from permanent closure due to COVID-19.

Leaders from more than 150 bodies wrote to the Prime Minister in September asking him to provide ringfenced funding for the recovery of the sport and activity sector – or risk fuelling physical inactivity and related illnesses for a generation. There has so far been total inaction from the Government on this issue and neither the Prime Minister, nor any of his Cabinet, have as yet responded to this letter

If you would like to help continue to put pressure on the Government to debate this please click on the link below to sign the petition

Sign The Petition Here 

The Ramblings of . . .

During the first lockdown our Men’s Vice Captain, Mike Taylor, started writing poems as a way of passing the time and grew to become an (almost) daily Facebook post to share with his online ‘friends’, the subject matter covers social distancing, restricted travel and most importantly praise for the work undertaken by the many people who selflessly worked on in very demanding circumstances.

At his own expense Mike has had a booklet containing his first 25 poems professionally designed and printed and has so far raised a total of £300 which has been donated to two charities, JPK Project which was formed to provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties and People Matter which provides free information, advice and guidance to local jobseekers, whether or not they are currently working, Mike is a volunteer at this charity.

JPK Project is the chosen charity for the Eastbourne Open Bowls Tournament which Mike runs, the booklet is £5 and can be ordered online via the tournament website https://www.eobt.club or you can contact Mike direct on 07702 244855 or by email email hidden; JavaScript is required

All proceeds going to these two charities, JPK Project and People Matter

Well done Mike, they are a great read.