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Friday Night Drive

July 2021

The Friday night club drive is starting on 30th July. If you wish to play in it please book in with Malcolm by 6pm for 6.15pm start. All players welcome.

Marking & Measuring Coaching

July 2021

Are you interested in having marking and measuring coaching by a National Umpire?

If you are please add your name to the list on the table in the clubhouse. The date has not yet been decided.

Day trip to Oxford Saturday 7th August cancelled

July 2021

The coach trip to Oxford has been cancelled due to insufficient numbers. 

It is hoped that we can arrange another coach trip later in the year.

Offer from our insurers Sutton Winson Ltd

May 2021

Sutton Winson are offering £10 to our club for any quotation for Home and Motor Insurance from them (subject to underwriting information and with no obligation to accept the quotation) and then £20 to the club if the quotation is taken up. To get a quote please go to www.suttonwinson.com/pitchin/

If 10 members ask for a quote the club will make £100!!! 

The second offer is for £50 for the club if we introduce another sports club to them who then accept their quote.

Bar 

May 2021

We are now allowed into the clubhouse for normal service. The bar has reverted to normal opening hours of 6pm - 10pm Monday to Friday and 12 noon - 2pm Sundays. Masks are optional.

The new bar rota is now out but we need more volunteers to do shifts. If you can help please contact Malcolm Mackenzie. Normally you only need to do 1 shift per month unless you would like to do more!

New arrangements for the women’s County/National competitions for 2021

August 2020

Zone B – An important change for all individual National/County competitions i.e. Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Senior Fours. These will be played in 2021 on Challengers greens, probably in two Groups the same as the Unbadged Pairs competition etc. were played in previous  years. This decision has been agreed due to the possibility that only limited numbers will be allowed to play at one time, and also it would be virtually impossible to enforce social distancing if they were held at one venue as before, in Beach House Park. Also, the Officers running the competitions do not have adequate accommodation to safely deal with large numbers having to register, and pick up and return  their score  cards etc. at one time. The logistical problems involved in putting out bowling equipment on multiple greens must also be considered. Also, the key workers at Worthing Council i.e. Dave the excellent and helpful Green keeper, that Tina and Wendy have dealt with for a number of years, have left the Council, and the thought of having to re-negotiate with Council Officials at the start of 2021 is not relished.

 

You may think that this radical change should be the subject of a Recommendation, but I consider that in these extremely challenging times, the G.P.C. has the right to make decisions that will affect the safety and well-being of our members, including our Officers.

 

County Handbook – within the time parameters available it will be impossible to carry out all the work required to allow the Competition Draws to be published in the County Handbook, and the Competition Secretaries have agreed that the Draws will be posted on the Sussex County Bowls Website (as they have been in previous years) as soon as possible after the work has been completed. The question of those competitors not being on-line was discussed and it was agreed that hopefully one member of a team event will be computer-literate and would advise their team-mates accordingly, and for Singles competitions, the Club Secretaries should be required to print off the requisite information to give to her/his relevant Club members, is so requested.  

 

The requirement for a County Handbook was also discussed, and although its demise may cause some sadness, it was agreed that for 2021, as for 2020, a County Handbook will not be published, with this decision being reviewed for subsequent years. I will hopefully be able to arrange for all the non-competitions sections of the book to also be published on the Sussex Website.

 

The above decisions were reached taking into account all available advice from Bowls England and the Government, the average age of the majority of our bowlers, and in the knowledge that no-one can predict what the future has in store. We can only plan ahead on the basis of how precarious the situation still is at the present time. Hopefully, a vaccine will, in the not-too distant future, be found.

If you or any of our members have personal concerns or are concerned for others, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Gill (in confidence) who will do his best to give help and/or support 

Tel: 07508 416466   Email: markstuartgill@hotmail.co.uk

Safeguarding

April 2020