Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 24the September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MEMBER UPDATE – New restrictions
24 September 2020

 

Fairford Bowling Club – Covid19 Update

Following the recent changes in government regulations there are some implications for members using the Clubhouse. With immediate effect members must now wear face masks whilst in the clubhouse apart from when seated for eating/drinking or bowling on the indoor rinks. Members cannot order drinks or food from the bar as the regulations now only allow ‘table service’, we are looking at how this will work in practice. The other change is that we will have to close the bar at 10pm.

EIBA have confirmed that our planned programme of pairs and triples leagues for the indoor season can go ahead. Roll up sessions will be available but MUST be booked online in advance. The committee are installing additional sanitiser dispensers and the new card payment terminals at the end of the indoor rinks. The new fans will be installed shortly. Entries for the new indoor leagues have been quite brisk and the cut-off date is 3 October. If you wish to take part please register now (https://fairfordbowlingclub.co.uk/indoor-league-entry-2020-21/).  More details of the indoor season will be circulated in the next few weeks, subject to any more changes announced by the government.

Management Committee
Fairford Bowling Club
24 September 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 2nd July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MEMBER UPDATE – Club re-opening
2 July 2020

 

MEMBER UPDATE – Club re-opening and possible leagues

With the further easing of lockdown measures the Management Committee are delighted to announce that we intend to have limited re-opening of the club house commencing the 11th July subject to a successful COVID-19 risk assessment and introduction of one-way systems, hand sanitisers etc as specified in the Governments COVID-19 guidelines.

To go along with this we plan to introduce some league bowling under the same strict safety guidelines that you have all been following when rolling up. In addition we are also looking at the possibility of running fun days on a weekend to include food/BBQ subject to a maximum of 30 people (COVID-19 Guidelines apply). Bowls England Guidelines

For more information and to register CLICK HERE

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE REGISTER FOR EITHER OR BOTH LEAGUES BY 12 NOON 10TH JULY SO THAT THE TEAM DRAW CAN BE MADE THE SAME DAY

Bookings for roll-ups will continue as normal but without a 6pm session on Monday – Thursday.

Click here to book a rink for roll-ups

Hygiene and safety

  • Please wash and sanitise your hands before and after play.
  • If you enter the clubhouse please clean any surfaces you have touched.
  • Please continue to obey a 2m social distance whenever possible and follow any local guidelines that we may need to introduce.
  • Please operate a one in one out policy in the changing rooms when collecting or returning bowls/shoes.

Management Committee
2nd July 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 4th June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MEMBER UPDATE – Outdoor Rinks Limited Opening
2 June 2020
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MEMBER UPDATE – Outdoor Rinks Limited Opening

The government is now allowing participation in outdoor sporting activities for exercise and well-being and the Management Committee have arranged to make the outdoor rinks available on a limited basis from 1 June. The objective is to enable those members who wish to roll-up the opportunity to do so safely. Access to the club will be subject to the current government guidelines and members will need to adhere to new club procedures whilst the restrictions apply. Full details of the procedures can be seen on the club website www.fairfordbowlingclub.co.uk but a summary of the key points is listed below:

Visiting the club

  • Members must not visit the club if they have a high temperature, persistent cough or have been in contact with anyone with the symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • Members must adhere to government guidelines on social distancing at all times.
  • We recommend members arrive ready to bowl to minimise need to enter the clubhouse and then take all their equipment home afterwards.
  • Spectators are allowed at the club, provided social distancing rules are observed.
  • Whilst the club management has made every effort to minimise risk it is up to individual members to decide whether it is appropriate for them to visit the club.

Clubhouse

  • The only access to the clubhouse is through the single controlled door overlooking the green. The entrance from the car park will be locked. This will help control access to the clubhouse which should only be one person at a time.
  • The clubhouse is only to be entered to retrieve bowling equipment and use of toilet/hand washing facilities.
  • No changing is allowed in the changing rooms. Please take your equipment home with you so that you don’t need to access the changing rooms again.
  • All other areas of the clubhouse are ‘out of bounds’ including the changing rooms.

Toilets

  • The toilets are available to be used by members but ladies are advised to use the disabled toilet near the entrance door.

Bowling

  • To control numbers visiting the club, members must book a rink/time through the club website. Do not just turn up and expect to play. If any member cannot access the internet and wishes to book a session please ring Peter Mackenzie 07810 394737 who will assist.
  • Members must adhere to current government guidance-“You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, up to five other persons from outside your household.
  • Only 3 rinks will be available per day either Rinks 1, 3, & 5 or Rinks 2, 4 & 6. This is to help maintain social distancing between groups of players.
  • Mats and jacks will be stored in disinfectant trays within the bus shelter seat locker. The mats and jacks should be put back into the trays after every session.
  • Only one player should handle mat during play. Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and should be set by one player throughout the session.
  • Other bowling equipment e.g. scoreboards, pushers, measuring sticks, chalk etc are not to be used.
  • Only roll-ups permitted – no competitive games.

Hygiene

  • Please wash and sanitise your hands before and after play.
  • If you enter the clubhouse please clean any surfaces you have touched.

Please read the full guidelines from Bowls England on the website before making an on-line booking. We apologise for the long list of rules and procedures but we are trying to keep members as safe as we can whilst allowing those that want to enjoy the benefits of some bowling.

 

Click here to book a rink

 

Management Committee
4th June 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 20th May

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MEMBER UPDATE – Outdoor Rinks Limited Opening
1 June 2020

 

MEMBER UPDATE – Outdoor Rinks Limited Opening 1 June 2020

The government is now allowing participation in outdoor sporting activities for exercise and well-being and the Management Committee have arranged to make the outdoor rinks available on a limited basis from 1 June. The objective is to enable those members who wish to roll-up the opportunity to do so safely. Access to the club site will be subject to the current government guidelines and members will need to adhere to new club procedures whilst the restrictions apply. Full details of the procedures can be seen on the club website www.fairfordbowlingclub.co.uk but a summary of the key points is listed below:

Visiting the club

  • Members must not visit the club if they have a high temperature, persistent cough or have been in contact with anyone with the symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • Members must adhere to government guidelines on social distancing at all times.
  • We recommend members arrive ready to bowl to minimise need to enter the clubhouse and then take all their equipment home afterwards.
  • No guests or spectators allowed at the club.
  • Whilst the club management has made every effort to minimise risk it is up to individual members to decide whether it is appropriate for them to visit the club.

Clubhouse

  • The only access to the clubhouse is through the single controlled door overlooking the green. The entrance from the car park will be locked. This will help control access to the clubhouse which should only be one person at a time.
  • The clubhouse is only to be entered to retrieve bowling equipment and use of toilet/hand washing facilities.
  • No changing is allowed in the changing rooms. Please take your equipment home with you so that you don’t need to access the changing rooms again.
  • All other areas of the clubhouse are ‘out of bounds’ including the changing rooms.

Toilets

  • The toilets are available to be used by members but ladies are advised to use the disabled toilet near the entrance door.

Bowling

  • To control numbers visiting the club, members must book a rink/time through the club website. Do not just turn up and expect to play. If any member cannot access the internet and wishes to book a session please ring Peter Mackenzie 07810 394737 who will assist.
  • Members must adhere to current government guidance- “you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”
  • Only 3 rinks will be available per day either Rinks 1, 3, & 5 or Rinks 2, 4 & 6. This is to help maintain social distancing between groups of players.
  • Mats and jacks will be stored in disinfectant trays within the bus shelter seat locker. The mats and jacks should be put back into the trays after every session.
  • Only one player should handle mat during play. Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and should be set by one player throughout the session.
  • Other bowling equipment e.g. scoreboards, pushers, measuring sticks, chalk etc are not to be used.
  • Only roll-ups permitted – no competitive games.

Hygiene

  • Please wash and sanitise your hands before and after play.
  • If you enter the clubhouse please clean any surfaces you have touched.

Please read the full guidelines from Bowls England on the website before making an on-line booking. We apologise for the long list of rules and procedures but we are trying to keep members as safe as we can whilst allowing those that want to enjoy the benefits of some bowling.

 

Click here to book a rink

 

Management Committee
20th May 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 14th May

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update from Management Committee 14th May 2020

 

Fairford Bowling Club Update

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Sunday night (10th May) that lockdown restrictions would be eased in relation to physical activity and that some outdoor areas, including bowling greens, would be allowed to reopen from Wednesday 13th May.

The club Management Committee are keen to safely resume our sport but at this stage are awaiting advice from our national governing body (Bowls England) on matters specific to bowls.

In the meantime, we have developed an action plan to make the green available to members on a limited basis potentially from 1st June, subject to adherence to government regulations, social distancing and hygiene standards.

At this stage, bowling is still not permitted but full details on how we shall manage safe access to the bowling green will follow, once we have received the official guidance from Bowls England.

Thank you for your patience and support during the lockdown period. Hopefully, we will shortly be able to offer some outdoor bowling at the club.

 

Management Committee
Fairford Bowling Club
14 May 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 24th March

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update from Management Committee 24th March 2020

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER CLUBHOUSE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

Fairford Bowling Club Update

The Coronavirus outbreak is seriously affecting our everyday lives and the club took the early decision to cancel the indoor season, postponing all outstanding games and social events, effectively putting the club into lockdown.

We are aware that members will want to know the current situation, particularly regarding the outdoor season which was due to start soon.

Green Opening

The original green opening date of 19th April has been provisionally moved back to 1st July. This date may well change as we will follow government advice and want to protect the wellbeing of members. In the meantime, members should NOT attempt to roll-up on the rinks as they are ‘out of bounds’ until the green has officially been declared open.

Membership Fees

As the 2020 outdoor season will be severely curtailed the club will not be charging outdoor fees this year. Many members have already paid outdoor fees and we would encourage those yet to renew to do so as we will deem these monies to be pre-payment for the 2021 outdoor season. The club still has outgoings to meet and this will help the club financially with no other income coming in. If anyone does need their outdoor fees back the club will make a refund.

Outdoor Rinks

We will endeavour to keep the outdoor rinks in a good condition ready for when the season does get underway. Rinks will be mowed weekly and we will only use the contractors when needed.

Bar Stock

Following our recent request, members rallied round and bought most of our bar stock. Thank you for your support on this as it will certainly help the club’s cash flow over the next few months.

We will try to keep you regularly updated by e-mail and on the Club website: www.fairfordbowlingclub.co.uk.

Thank you for your patience, we will try to get bowling back underway as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

 

Management Committee
Fairford Bowling Club
24 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 20th March

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER CLUBHOUSE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

  • Following today’s instructions from the government press conference it has been decided to cease all indoor competitions and leagues with immediate effect.
  • Decisions will be made as to when and how to complete this indoor season.
  • We are currently receiving regular updates from Bowls Gloucestershire who are waiting for direction from Bowls England.
  • Your management committee is meeting via email regularly and will update you via this website, email and/or phone as appropriate.
  • Please visit the website often for the latest information.

Management Committee
16 March 2020

Further to the above we have been asked by the county to issue the following communiques fro Bowls England to all members:-

 

BOWLS ENGLAND SETS OUT PLANS FOR 2020 SEASON IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.

The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.

“However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.

“Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”

The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:

  1. Coronavirus Guidance
  2. Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling
  3. Funding (including Club Loans and encouraging bowlers to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – so clubs will still be there for them when we resume bowling)
  4. Recruitment
  5. Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)
  6. Staying Fit (including producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members active during isolation or working from home)

Other key decisions taken by the Board were:

  1. Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
  2. Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
  3. In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
  4. Board to meet regularly via Skype/Conference Call to monitor the ever-changing situation, review the impact on bowls and plan accordingly – regular updates will be issued.

 

Bowls England have also issued the following statement

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Updated 18th March 2020

Quiz Night and St.Davids Day Roast

A  very pleasant evening was enjoyed by some 60+ members and guests exercising their brains to answer an 11-round quiz expertly set by Tim Bloomer and Colin Hooper. In the interval the quiz teams were provided with table platters prepared by our own top chef; George Robins.

On Sunday the boys were busy at it again, from 8am preparing and serving a St.Davids Day lunch that included Welsh Lamb and leeks, followed by homemade Cheesecake and Apple Crumble to over 70 people. Thanks to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed everything.

 

We are from Sweden!

Abbas AngelsSome 85 members danced and sang to ABBA tribute band, ABBA’s Angels. What a fantastic night! Many members had raided their wardrobes to wear 70’s fancy dress from numerous ABBA outfits to Alice Cooper. The social committee would like to thank all members for their continued support of our social calendar and as we approach the end of the year, if there is anything you would like next year please let your social committee know.

Gloucestershire Sunday League Review 2019!

To round off the season on a high we played our final Sunday league game on Saturday 21st September  (rearranged) needing to win both rinks and by 9 shots to win the title. We did this in style with Nig Cansdale’s rink winning a close fought game 19-17 and Jim Luce’s rink putting on the style to win 38-7. Meaning we win the league on shot difference. Congratulations to all participating players throughout the season on achieving a first for Fairford. Unfortunately our B team have returned to division 4 having endured a competitive season. Go again next year boys!

Since entering the league 4 years ago our A team have finished as follows:

  • 2016 div 4 – runners-up
  • 2017 div 3 – Winners
  • 2018 div 2 – Winners
  • 2019 div 1 – Winners

This tops off another great outdoor season for Fairford Bowls Club!