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.

Short Mat 2020 Season

We have now successfully achieved “Safe Bowls” status from ESMBA and are cleared to start playing short mat but in a numbers restricted format and in accordance with the appropriate guidelines. Updated Club guidelines can be found on the main short mat page and on the link below.

Now we have “Safe Bowls” status we can start playing roll-ups. However Covid-19 has not gone away and we can therefore only open in a controlled way that ensures we maintain social distancing and best practice as far as hygiene and safety are concerned. We have issued updated guidance rules which are obligatory for all players to observe. These remain challenging times and we hope you will be able to enjoy “Safe Bowls” within the guidelines that we are all obliged to follow until further notice.

We are not permitted to run competitive bowls and each session is restricted to 1 hour. In order to facilitate a balance of playing time for members we have introduced Structured  Roll Ups. These are (currently) in two roll up groups; Group 1 and Group 2. Time slots and dates for these sessions are shown on the calendar. Each player is limited to three woods. These Structured Roll Ups are currently full however should any member be interested in participating in a third group please let the Secretary know. We are currently looking for players for Monday afternoon and evenings to form Group 3.

At this time we do not wish to encourage single person roll-ups due to the cleaning requirements after the session has finished.

All roll-ups are pay as you play.

 

 

Holsworthy Bowls Club Guidance document

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.

Membership

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.

Limitations

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.

5.Equipment
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.

SCBU Cheque Presentation 2018

On 11 October representatives of four local bowling clubs met at Bude, this year’s winners, and presented a cheque for £539 to Ian Roome of Over and Above, the fundraiser for SCBU. The unit looks after newborn babies, who need special care, from areas around each of the four clubs.

The four bowling clubs, Bude, Stratton, Bradworthy and Holsworthy played each other on a home and away basis, with all monies raised being paid to The Special Care Baby Unit. Each match involved 11 players from each club in a singles, pairs, triples and rink format.

This year’s competition was won by Bude who finished with 34 points, the same as Holsworthy, but shot difference of one meant they were victorious.

Chris Brown, from Holsworthy (the competition co-ordinator) said ‘ We started this competition in 2003 and including this year’s donation we have raised £6080 to date and will be looking to add to this in years to come. All the clubs enjoy the friendly nature of the competition and the chance to raise money for such a valuable local resource.’

Ian Roome from Over and Above said ‘Thank you for this cheque and the other funds you have raised over the years. The unit looks after babies from each of the bowling club areas. Donations such as this are ring fenced and really do make a difference enabling specialist equipment to be purchased over and above what is provided through the NHS. This is of benefit to the babies and their parents who use the unit’.