Camp Hill Bowls Club, Camp Hill Community Sports Club, Quarry View, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5ZA. T/P 01983 527225

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Short Mat Carpet Bowls is now finished until the Autumn 2020.

We have two new mats in use. Please contact Rose Tizard, 01983 526921 , or just turn up.

No problem if you have never played before, we have all the equipment needed.

We have plenty of off road parking, so come along & join in.

New & Experienced Players are very welcome to join us.

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 Bowls Isle of Wight, Coronavirus Pandemic  March 18 2020

As Administrator of Bowls Isle of Wight I have during the past few days been conducting an online poll with all 20 Members of The Administrative Committee. I had received several enquiries from Clubs asking what action Bowls Isle of Wight was taken in the light of the present Coronavirus Pandemic and put a proposition to the Committee and invited their input. I had considered a face to face meeting but our usual venue was not available and the Government advice was to avoid getting together in groups.
I can now report to you that 16 of the Committee have responded and all of them are unanimously in favour of the proposition.

Firstly I would like to inform you for those who may not have heard, Bowls England have cancelled all domestic bowls in the UK  There will be no Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy or Johns Trophy Competition and The National  Championships will not take place at Leamington. Bowls England will be refunding all affiliation fees and Competition entry fees.

On the Isle of Wight there will be no Saturday, Ladies or Afternoon league games played. The age range of Bowlers and the almost certain legislation of self isolation would make it impossible for fixtures to be played. There will be no County Friendlies played Home or Away in 2020 to reduce the risk of contacting the virus The Ladies Tour and Mixed Tour are already cancelled There may be some people who feel they are not at risk and wish to  play  If any Club using the current league programme could muster enough players from across the squads they could always arrange a series of Friendlies against a Club willing to play them. (That is merely a suggestion that might help.)

Bowls IOW have no jurisdiction over Clubs who wish to play Touring sides. Three Clubs have already asked me to cancel all their touring sides and I have done so. At the same time four Mainland Clubs have cancelled their tour and many are having Meetings to consider whether to tour in 2020. All this will inpact on Club finances

Finally may I say, you may all think these measures draconian and they might not please some of you but the Committee are elected to Administer Bowls on the Isle of Wight in the way they see fit, and they also have a duty of care not only of the Bowlers but their partners and loved ones who because of their age are most at risk of infection

                                                                                                                        Terry Thorner  Administrator Bowls Isle of Wight

                                                                BOWLS ENGLAND SETS OUT PLANS FOR 2020 SEASON IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

 

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:

 

a.      Coronavirus Guidance

b.      Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling

c.      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)

d.      Recruitment

e.      Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)

f.       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.

Latest news update from Bowls England, we have to now follow government rules ,which is there is to be no Bowls at all for the next 12 weeks. This means that we are looking at about the end of June . Watch this space for when the Bowls workout arrives.

Angela, Club Secretary, 23.3.2020