Firstly, please note that the AGM date has changed. We are currently in a lockdown situation so the GMC has made the decision to change the date to Thursday 3rd December.
As the restrictions will not be lifted by the government before the AGM, the GMC have decided to hold it via email/post as the clubhouse is still out of bounds for any kind of meeting. Please check your emails for the information or go to the Members Only section of this website.
New Club Shirts
The new club shirts have arrived and are available for collection from the Hon Mem Sec Anne Barnes. Please phone her to arrange when you can pick yours up.
Government changes as of Thursday 24th September
This has been suspended until the government lifts the restrictions
These rules will apply to everyone:
Nobody is to enter the clubhouse (kitchen included) or toilets without wearing a mask. If you are not wearing a mask, you will be asked to remain outside.
Once inside the clubhouse, you must be seated at a table. Only when seated, you may remove your mask.
It is Table service only from the bar. Bar person will also be wearing a mask.
If you are in transit to the toilets, you must put your mask back on until you are seated back at your table.
Social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than 6.
If you do visit the club and forget your mask, please do not take offence if you are asked to remain outside. We are following Government Guidelines to the best of our ability and everyone (bar persons especially) are all volunteers. We need to keep everyone safe and well so Track and Trace is still required.
During the winter the bar is open on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 10pm, Friday evenings 7pm - 10pm and Sunday lunchtimes
12 noon - 2pm but more volunteers are needed to help run it. If you would like to go on the bar rota please contact Malcolm or add your name to the list by the bar. Full training will be given before your first shift (it is easy!).
SCB County Treasurer
15 September 2020
Our County treasurer John Abbott, is standing down on 1st October due to his health - after having served 10 years in post. We had received a nomination from Worthing BC for Ken Woodcock to replace John. Unfortunately Ken is currently also suffering from health problems and regretfully, does not feel that he will be able to undertake the role of Treasurer at this time.
We are therefore urgently seeking a nomination for the post of County Treasurer. Will all clubs please circulate widely to their members - as we cannot run as a County - without a Treasurer.
New arrangements for the women’s County/National competitions for 2021
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: firstname.lastname@example.org