Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

2020 has been a very difficult year for so many and we need to hope that the roll out and implementation of the COVID Vaccine will start to make a big difference and that as this progresses we can start to enjoy a more normal 2021. As always as soon as the Committee have further news as to when and how we can restart short mat and the outdoor season we will let you know. In the meantime have a safe Christmas and New Year

New Covid-19 Lockdown.

New Lockdown Rules. 

With the introduction of the new Covid-19 Lockdown all short mat roll ups are suspended from 5 November 2020 until further notice. The clubhouse is closed and should not be entered by members. As soon as we are advised that play can be resumed members will be advised.

Come and play

Covid-19 – Conditions of play

To ensure we are compliant with all the current regulations we have drawn up a set of guidelines and rules, specific for Holsworthy Bowls Club and it will be mandatory for all bowlers to follow these rules. By booking a rink time you automatically agree to abide by these rules which must be followed by all of us. If at any time the guidance changes we may be able to expand on what is possible. Similarly we may also have to close again.


Any member who was a full member of the outdoor section in 2019 has automatically had their membership extended to cover the period up to September 2020. Any member who chooses to play will pay £2 per session (per person). This will be tallied up and you will be asked to settle up in September. As you will appreciate this is an exceptional situation and normal fees etc will apply next year.

Government Advice

All members should stay up to date with the full government advice and be aware of any changes this may involve; it is your responsibility to observe and obey this as well as the Rules set out here. The over 70’s and/or those with underlying health or shielding conditions, particularly those who have received notification, are still advised to stay at home as much as possible although outdoor exercise including bowls is allowed. We recommend any member in these categories takes extra care and attention, should they choose to play, and all other members show them every extra courtesy possible. If you are in this category and interested in playing it may be possible for us to allocate some quieter times of the day with fewer players on the green. If this is of interest please let Janice know on the number below. It is essential at all times that members not from the same household remain at least two metres apart from other players.

Ring Janice Dalziel (Club Secretary) on 07515 546466 to book a rink. The booking line will be open from 29 June during the following times only. Monday/Wednesday/Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am.
Play will only be possible if you pre book. Please let Janice know who you are playing with. If you need to cancel please let Janice know, otherwise the £2 per person will apply. Subject to weather and the Green keeper’s discretion 3 rinks will be available between 12 midday and 8pm. You may only play on the rink allocated to you/your group .Rink markers will be in place and should be left there after your game. To limit the number of players initially only a maximum of 12 players can be on the green at any one time. You will be given a two hour slot. This is to include changing shoes pre and post your game and taking care of the appropriate sanitation of equipment, locks, handles etc.


Members will only be able play as follows. By themselves, with members from their own household, or with up to three other persons from outside their own households (no markers) or a combination of these. The maximum number playing on each rink is four with a maximum of twelve on the green at any one time. Non members are not allowed to play and no spectators are currently allowed.

Health and wellbeing

Do not go to the club if you, or anyone in your household, are experiencing any coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, any flu like symptoms, a cold, cough, or high temperature or are feeling unwell in any way. Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes and smokers should not smoke within the club estate. Do not lick your fingers nor clean your woods with your bare hands.

1. Arriving at the Club
Travel only with members of your own household or on your own. Do not arrive in the parking area more than 10 minutes before your booked time and remain in the car until your booked rink is free. Take only your shoes and woods with you, no bags please. Please touch as few surfaces as possible and use the ramp for access if you would normally use the handrail by the steps.

2. Play and preparation
Please bring some hand sanitiser / and wipes with you and clean any surfaces you touch. Change your shoes on one of the benches, whilst keeping two metres away from anyone not from your own household.
Sanitise your hands before you sit down and afterwards.
Two jacks should be used, one for each end of the rink. These should be cleaned before you start your game and afterwards. One player should be nominated to move the jack and it should be placed in position. Please also clean your woods before and after play, do not touch the woods of other players with your hands.
Please do not chalk or spray any touchers, nor measure shots, do not play hard shots into the head as this may involve woods travelling onto an adjacent rink. Do not shake hands, high fives or exchange hugs before, after or during your game. Please bring any food or soft drink you may require with you as well as a bag to take away the empties, rubbish, and used wipes. The dress code is smart casual; if you prefer to wear club colours please feel free to do so.

3. The Clubhouse & Storage Sheds
All storage sheds are closed and should not be accessed by members. The Clubhouse remains closed, and under no circumstances should members access, the changing rooms, the kitchen, main room, or bar. The following exceptions apply, you will need to open the door to the Clubhouse to access the Jacks, (see equipment below), open the key safe, disengage the alarm and open the door making sure you wipe all of the surfaces. On completion of your game if no one is following you, resanitise and replace the jacks in the receptacle provided. Only one person from your rink should touch the jacks throughout and only one person should be at the jack storage point at any one time. Relock the door, set the alarm wipe all surfaces and lock key in key safe. Do not enter the Clubhouse itself. At this time the only access door will be the one from the green, the one from the Vineyards should not be used. If you need to access your woods in the Clubhouse, please ring Graham on 01409 254201 to arrange access as we need to know who has entered the building. Please wipe down any surfaces, key, key safe, door handles and any surface you touch and ensure you have not left any personal items in the Clubhouse. Once you have your woods please take them home with you. The only other exception is emergency use of the toilets or first aid box see below.

4. Emergency Use of Toilets & First Aid Box
The toilets should only be used if it is absolutely essential and special protocols will apply at this time. Full information is shown on the toilet doors. In essence this means the following. Only one person is allowed inside the building at any one time. You should ask one of your playing partners to stand outside the building until you have exited it. You need to use the wipes provided to clean seats and surfaces before and after you use them paying particular attention to any you touch. Do not put the wipes down the loo put them in the rubbish bin provided. The same applies should you need access to the first aid box. Please note the club mobile ‘phone has been replaced and is currently kept by the Secretary.

Rink numbers will be placed by the Green keepers and should be left in place after your game. Jacks can be collected from just inside the clubhouse door. Please disinfect these before and after you finish your game in the receptacles provided; do not assume the previous players have done so. Replace the jacks in the plastic tub after sanitisation. There will be a virtual chalk mat at each end on the green. If you want a mat please arrange for one of your players to bring car mats or a small towel. Only the owner of these should touch and move them. No other equipment will at this time be provided by the club. If you wish to record the score please bring your own pen and notepad.

6. Playing Formats
This is covered under limitations above. This may vary from time to time depending on Government advice.

7. At the end of your booked session
When you have finished please return and sanitise the jacks. If yours is the last game on the green please lock any open doors. Please change your shoes on the bench, observing the two metre rule and wipe down any surfaces you have touched, door handles bench etc.

Looking after yourself and others

These Rules and guidance reflect the current situation and it is in all our interests that they are obeyed by all of us at all times. We are now able to get out on the green again and enjoy some bowls. Hopefully as the months go on the rules will be eased and we can enjoy our bowls even more.