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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Well done Mike, they are a great read.
Letter received 2/11/20
“Dear Mr Chairman. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, your entire committee and all the volunteers concerned, for the efforts achieved on behalf of the membership in keeping the club open and sanitised, allowing bowls to continue. It is sad there is another lockdown on the horizon, we all look for better times in the future. Thank you all in appreciation and with gratitude”
The following comments have been posted on our facebook page . . .
“Hi all, I would just like to say a massive thank you to all staff, volunteers and bowlers for all that you have done to make sure we have been as safe as possible while playing the game we all love, such a shame we are having to close but fingers crossed it’s only for the month. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Take care, stay safe from all of the Morphett’s x”
“Have our last roll up tonight with friends. Sad it’s come to lock down again. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to keep the Bowls club going and in a safe way. Hope to see you in December. Xx”
“Just a quick shout out to all the members who worked so hard to open up the club and make us all feel safe. Much appreciated. See you all soon xx”
“Thank you to Michelle and staff for all the lovely meals they provide for us. Take care everyone x”
Rest assured we will be planning for reopening with a full agenda for the Christmas period including a couple of Mixed Drives and internal matches. Meanwhile detailed below is what will happen with booked rinks , leagues etc.
The last league matches will be tonight and when they resume they will restart as shown on the schedule . Outstanding games from the period when we were closed will be played at the end of the schedule. i.e. If we resume on Thursday 3rd December, that will be the team you are already scheduled to play.
Will stop from Wednesday 9.30pm and start again on the schedule under the correct week.
Will continue for an extended period when we re-open.
19/20 finals will still take place, being played at the beginning of January. The date is to be confirmed. This year’s club competitions will still go ahead from January. If you would like to enter any competition please email us and you will be entered. To remind you, the competitions are Singles, Novice singles, Pair’s, Mixed Pairs, Australian Pairs. If you are an individual player and would like to pair up, please us know and we will try and find you a partner.
We will keep you updated on any changes, meanwhile please keep safe, follow Government guidelines and keep your fingers crossed that the rest of the Country follow suit and then we can all get back to bowling again.
Annual General Meeting – Notice of meeting
Notice is hereby given that the 43rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association will be held on Friday 27th November 2020 at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the bowls club, 5 Hampden Park Drive, Eastbourne, BN22 9QR.
Numbers are limited to 30 attendees due to Covid-19 guidelines, 12 of which will be current management. Therefore, there are 18 places available for members. If you would like to attend, please register your interest with Naomi.
Three directors are to be appointed.
At the meeting, a ballot will be held (only FULL members may vote) The three nominees receiving the highest number of votes will hold office for up to three years.
Nomination forms for the election of Directors are available from Naomi. The nomination forms must be returned to me no later than close of business on Friday 17th November 2020.
Copies of the Agenda, Annual report and Accounts will be available and will be emailed to each member. If you do not have access to email, then please ask for a paper copy. Those members unable to attend the AGM may appoint a proxy. Forms are available at the Green Stewards desk or Secretary. Club Social members may attend this meeting as observers only.
By order of the Management Committee
Association Secretary/Centre Manager
Annual General Meeting – Election of Directors
Election of Directors
There are 3 vacancies for Directors.
The following members have been nominated and seconded for the management committee.
Malcolm Goman – Standing
Teresa Hubbins – Standing
Liz Parks – Re – Standing
Should the number of nominees exceed three, there will be a ballot at the AGM on Friday 27th November. The nominees will be appointed to serve on The Council of Management for a period of three years.
Our Sunday Roast starts this Sunday 25th October, the cost is £10 for two courses.
There will be two sittings allowing 20 people per sitting.
The first sitting will start at 12.30 -2pm
The second sitting starts at 1pm-2.30pm.
We welcome families, however children must be able to remain seated throughout the meal.
To comply with COVID-19 guidelines we please ask you:
- To sanitise your hands before entering restaurant.
- To wear a mask until seated.
- Table service only for meal & bar drinks.
- Put your mask back on when leaving the table for any reason.
- Card payments only.
If you are bowling 10-12 and then having a pre-booked roast you can come into the restaurant to be seated before 12.30 but food will not be served before this time.
Weekly Information will be written up on the big board in the restaurant informing you of the roast for the following Sunday including a vegetarian option.
Bowlswear Direct will be at the club on Tuesday 20th October 10:30 – 14:30
The shop will be in the boardroom and it will be a one in, one out system.
Should you want to try clothes on you will have to buy them and try them on at home. You will be able to exchange them on their next visit if they do not fit.