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Covid-19 – Conditions of play from 24th April

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. All casual games must be pre-booked with Janice Dalziel. 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.

Ring Janice Dalziel (Club Secretary) on 07515 546466 to book a rink. The booking line will be open from 23rd April 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. 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.

Membership

Due to the County and National matches not commencing until June , the Committee has decided to introduce a 2 instalment subscription fee this season. First instalment of £40 due by 24th April, second instalment  of £40 due by 20th June. The club competitions are being held between May 4th and June 20th, and to participate in these members must have paid the first instalment.

Green fees will remain at £2 per session per player and fees will be collected at the end of the season as per 2020.

Entry fee for Club competitions also remains at £3 per discipline.

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 above. It is essential at all times that members not from the same household remain at least two metres apart from other players.

Limitations

Members will only be able play as follows. By themselves, with members from their own household, or with up to 5 other persons from outside their own households (no markers) or a combination of these. The maximum number playing on each rink is 6 with a maximum of 18 on the green at any one time. Non members are not allowed to play and no spectators are currently allowed. The 2 metre social distancing should be observed.

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. 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 either on one of the benches or in the changing rooms, whilst keeping two metres away from anyone not from your own household.
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.

Rink numbers will be placed by the Green keepers and should be left in place after your game. 

Only spray chalk is to be used and any measuring should be done using the nominated players own measures. 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
 The Clubhouse is open for use of the toilets and changing rooms only. Only the equipment store should be accessed for playing equipment.

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 will be located in the entrance lobby, next to the first aid kit.

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 playing equipment and return to the shed. If yours is the last game on the green please lock any open doors. 

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’.