News

Welcome back Everyone

I can now give you further information as to when bowling can start:
It is hoped that all the necessary work around the green will be completed very soon. It has been decided that the green will be open for play from Saturday 17th April. YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE MATS
If you have not already heard the news, the General Committee have decided, because members had very little use of the club last year, that for this year only, those who joined as members last year need pay no membership fee this season. You will still need to purchase a season ticket.
The fixture cards and new membership lists are in the clubhouse for collection.
Fixtures have been arranged for a full season.
We are permitted to play matches  between Affiliated Clubs. (all our matches come in that category)
National and County competitions can be played.
Club Competitions are in the process of being arranged
Team sheets will be on the notice board very soon.
Please be aware that due to the Covid 19 regulations still being in operation, early fixtures will/may vary to those published.
Some clubs have cancelled games until 17th May,  others are waiting until the rules are dispensed completely, and others are playing reduced matches
HOWEVER  the following rules will apply 
 
Pre-booking of rinks with the Captain is still required for the present time. Please use his mobile number. (which I am not going to disclose in this message for obvious reasons, if you don’t have it please speak with Vic on his home number which is unchanged and he will provide you with it)
No congregating in the club house .
Face covering must be used at all times when in the clubhouse.
Sanitation products will be available.
Changing rooms can be used but please minimise their use .
Social distancing must be maintained in and outside the club.
You will need to continue to use the Track and Trace register.
Only outdoor hospitality is allowed. Drinks can be ordered from a member of the bar staff who will deliver your order to a table positioned  outdoors.
Drinks are not permitted to be consumed in the clubhouse yet.
The playing of singles is permitted, every rink can be used plus a marker.
Pairs, every rink can be used
Triples and fours to be on alternate rinks.
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Rule of six still applies
A maximum of twenty four players is permitted on the green at any one time
REMEMBER 
If any matches are to be played away shared travelling is not yet permitted.
AS USUAL IF YOU KNOW A MEMBER DOES NOT HAVE THE INTERNET PLEASE MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE CONTENT OF THIS UPDATE
Stay safe
David Swainston
Hon Sec
Woodingdean BC

UPDATE | RETURN TO PLAY GUIDANCE (STEP TWO)

9th April, 2021 by Matt Wordingham

We are pleased to share with you the latest ‘Return to Play’ guidance ahead of the move to ‘Step 2’ on Monday 12 April.

The key changes for our sport at Step 2 are:

  • Outdoor hospitality can open in accordance with the government guidance on hospitality settings
  • Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors
  • Travel should be minimised but can take place for the purpose of sport and physical activity. Car sharing, however, is not permitted
  • Spectators are only allowed on public land, where they must adhere to social gathering limits either in groups of six or two households
  • Further flexibility has been provided with regard to playing formats and arrangements

We are keen to ensure that affiliated clubs can reopen safely and responsibly as we look forward to the 2021 season. We have been working with our development arm, the Bowls Development Alliance, to create a number of resources to support clubs. You can find out more about our ‘Back to Bowls’ resources here.

GET YOURSELVES READY – BOWLS IS BACK!

26th March, 2021 by Matt Wordingham

Lawn bowls as an outdoor sport may resume from Monday 29th March (Step 1), as part of the government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of lawn bowls:

Earlier this week we shared share with you in full our revised domestic competitions programme for 2021, offering our competitive bowlers the opportunity to compete in a Covid-friendly manner.

To provide additional support to enable affiliated clubs open safely, we are working in collaboration with the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), British Crown Green Bowling Association and Disability Bowls England to develop resources for affiliated clubs under the banner ‘Back to Bowls’.

Bowls’ Big Weekend, taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season (Friday 28th to Monday 31st May), is our national initiative offering clubs the opportunity to promote our welcoming and socially-distanced sport and attract new members. To ensure that you are the first to receive notification when new material is available, sign-up here.

If your club is not affiliated to Bowls England, please email us at clubs@bowlsengland.com and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association. The Club Services section on our website explores all of the benefits and explains how our clubs can make the most of affiliation.

We can’t wait to see you all back on the green!

I’m am going to organise a work party for the 12th April at 10am so please let me know who will be available thank you.

Tony.

Hi everyone
Re: OPENING OF THE CLUB
I write this today as we have not yet received the promised guidelines from Bowls England.
As we all know, from Monday 29th March outdoor sports can re commence which includes our bowls club. With the rule of six being allowed it means that we can have working parties at the club.
IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE GREEN IS OPEN TO BE USED
The green is being prepared and our green keeper Tony Mercer is in contact with the Council. What we do know is the Mayor is scheduled to open the green on the 23rd April. It maybe that ,if sufficient progress is made in the preparation of the green, it may be open for use earlier than the date of the Mayors visit.
On the 12th April outdoor hospitality returns which as I read the guidelines from The Government, means we can open the kitchen and licensed bar but the drinks must be consumed outdoors.
17th May indoor hospitality returns.
21st June back to normal we hope.
Further updates will be posted once more information comes to hand.
Could I ask that if you know a member who does not have access to the internet and the Facebook page please let them know what is going on.
Dave Swainston
Hon Sec

The Club has a new sound system Alexa, just say ALEXA play music by Abba and it will play, or ask for the news and weather. But always say ALEXA to get its attention first.

A bottle of hand sanitiser will be in the clubhouse for your use.

Betty Gillam will temporarily take over the role of welfare officer.

New bowls shirts will cost £25 each, ask Rita.

Free coaching and taster sessions are available at the club, please come along and have a go.

County Championships and Competitions can be found on the Sussex County Bowls Website, http://www.sussexcb.co.uk

The Brighton and Hove District League can be found on the Website, http://www.brightonandhoveleague.co.uk

The Brighton,Hove abd District Women’s Bowling League Website, http://bhdwomensbowlsleague.uk/

A.Harris & Son motors, 166 Warren Road, Woodingdean.Tel: 01273685141, will give you 20% off labour and £40 for MOT’s, please notify them that you are a woodingdean bowls member at the time of booking.