Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 24th March

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


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:

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)


  • 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 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




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!



Happy New Year!

Wow what a night! The New Years Eve party was packed and lively, enjoyed by some 70 or so members, friends and guests. Is there another club out there like us? I don’t think so! Many thanks to George and his helpers in the kitchen for providing the food and for Tim who certainly got the party rocking!



Heres to a fantastic 2019. May you all have a healthy, happy and successful year.

Annual Dinner and Presentation 2018

The 2018 annual dinner and presentation of prizes was held at the club on Friday 20th November and 82 members enjoyed good food and convivial company. Mr Tim Bloomer acted as MC for the evening and gave a fine resume of an outstanding season. Prizes were presented by our sponsors, Pestforce(Gloucestershire) and Pestforce(Gloucester) and flowers to our lady guest.

Competition Finals 2018

Club finals were held over the weekend of 1st and 2nd September and the spectators were provided with a number of high quality, closely fought matches.

Congratulations to all finalists.

Competition Winners Runners Up
Ladies Singles Jacqui May Pauline Tuckey
Men’s Singles Jim Luce Nigel Cansdale
Open Handicap Martin Johnson Alistair Sommerville
Men’s 2-Wood Jim Luce Nigel Cansdale
Ladies 2-Wood Marlene Robinson Sybil Mustow
Eileen Bowl Pauline Tuckey Marian Moore
Men’s Pairs Joe Fewtrell & Tim Bloomer Paul Gardner & Nigel Cansdale
Ladies Pairs Marian Moore & Marlene Robinson Caroline Johnson & Pauline Tuckey
1st Year Singles
Senior Citizens Derek Porch Peter Mackenzie
Young Cup Geoff Warren Hazel Finlayson
Tom Pearson Keith Morris & Jacqui May Glyn Rogers & Angela Gardner
Married Couples Liz & Phil Hope Caroline & Martin Johnson
Winney Cup Liz & Ron Taylor Jacquie May & Tim Bloomer
Triples Paul Mackenzie, Stuart Hope
& Ken Sawyer
Chris Moaby, Pat Curtis
& Martin Johnson
Club League ‘A’ Knobblers Watsits
Club League ‘B’ Wannabees Pensioners
Mon. Afternoon Triples