20 Mayock Crescent
Stan Robinson pallet network (established 1970)
Although the latest guidance from the BCGBA would allow the league to resume immediately subject to certain restrictions and conditions, the league’s officers have considered the position and decided to proceed as previously indicated.
We will start the league on Wednesday June 2nd and, for this season only, play 3 divisions. See news item dated March 18th below. Fixtures will be published in mid May.
To some, our decision to wait until June may come as a disappointment, but please be assured that it is not a decision we have taken lightly and it still does allow for league bowling to take place this summer and at a time when the vast majority of our players will have had the full benefit of two vaccinations and some restrictions should have eased.
Thu Mar 18th 2021
Following a County Zoom meeting last week, the league’s officers have also met via Zoom to consider the latest information and to plan for the new season.
Inevitably there is a lot of uncertainty around the easing of lockdown, what restrictions will apply when we resume, vaccination rates and COVID case numbers. We believe, however, that we have found a way forward which provides a realistic prospect of competitive bowling as well as giving most, if not all, of our players time to have had the benefit of 2 vaccinations and to feel more comfortable about playing.
It is our intention for this season only to create 3 divisions of 8 teams.
The divisions will be formed from the final league tables at the end of the 2019 league season and take account of team withdrawals and teams admitted since that date. Each team will play 14 matches. There will be no promotion or relegation and, in 2022, we will revert to the position at the beginning of the 2020 season, again taking account of any team withdrawals and any applications to join the league.
Our intention is that the season will start on June 2nd by which time, hopefully, many players will have been able to get in some practice on club and public greens. It will end on September 1st which will allow some time in September for rearranged fixtures if there is any slippage.
Although we want all matches to be competitive, we would also hope for a degree of understanding and tolerance to apply in this COVID season if any player or team has difficulties. As part of that approach, the 5 point penalty associated with players doubling up will be waived for this season. The rule prohibiting players from doubling up more than 3 times will, however, still apply.
By the time the season starts, club houses may well be allowed to open but possibly only for toilet access and I think we should assume that refreshments will not be provided and that players should be expected to bring their own.
All of the above is based on what we know now and upon there being 24 teams. Fixtures will appear on the website but probably not until mid May by which time things will be clearer.
There are no plans for competitions this season.
John Sly has kindly provided the following news:
I write to advise you of the passing of Stan Bailey earlier this month. Stan was a founder member of the County Officers Bowling Club, a past Chairman of the Club and Captain of the Veterans Team for many years. He was an active bowler until only three or four years ago but continued to take a keen interest in the Club. He had many little "sayings" about bowls such as "never be short when you are down" which he was always ready to pass on to younger less experienced bowlers.
Mon Jan 25th 2021
Annual General Meeting
This year's AGM scheduled for February 10th has been postponed as a result of current restrictions. The league committee met for a Zoom session on January 20th and the minutes are attached to the link on the left hand side panel.
Thu Dec 31st
Sadly, I have to announce that I have been informed that Arnie passed away this week.
Arnie was a well liked and much respected player with Stafford A, "a real character", and will be sadly missed.Sat Sep 5th
Sadly we have to announce that George passed away this morning.
George has been the long time secretary of Alstom Bowling Club
and the League Secretary of multiple Stafford bowling leagues. He was also Honorary President of the Veterans league.
In view of the continuing uncertainties and restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic it has been decided to cancel the league for the 2020 season.
Fri May 15th
CORONAVIRUS LATEST SITUATION
Following the Government announcements at the start of the week about some relaxation to Lockdown, the BCGBA has circulated to all clubs some guidance on the reopening of greens on a very restricted basis.
It is for each club to make its decision as to whether to reopen and, if they do so, to ensure compliance with Government advice and BCGBA Guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As far as league and competition bowling is concerned, this is not allowed and is unlikely to be allowed in the near future. At a "Zoom" meeting of League Secretaries with the BCGBA Chief Executive held earlier this month it was thought unlikely that league bowling would resume before the late Summer at earliest. Bearing in mind that most players in our league are aged 70+ it is unlikely that our league will be among the first to resume.
League officers have spoken about this and, obviously, we would like to resume as soon as possible and we still hope to salvage something from the season but, to be absolutely clear, our health and safety is of paramount importance and we will only start again when we are cleared to do so by Government and in accordance with guidance from the BCGBA.
I am sorry to have to tell you that Lou Hancock passed away yesterday (Thursday). Lou played for Phoenix for many years and was also membership secretary there.
CORONAVIRUS- VETERANS LEAGUE SUSPENDED
Following todays Government announcement, the BCGBA has announced that all leagues should now suspend matches until the all clear is given to resume.
All league matches and competitions are, therefore, suspended and the league will not start on April 1st as scheduled.
At this stage it is impossible to say when and how fixtures will resume but I will continue to keep captains informed of developments and update the website.
Take care everyone and follow the official advice.
Brewood Bowling Club
Location/Access : Post Code ST19 9DY, opposite 42 Engleton Lane, Brewood. At the north end of the Jubilee Playing Fields (formally known as the Engleton Lane Playing Fields). If you use Google maps - change to satellite view and the position of the green in the park is really obvious. The green has its own gate so don’t go into the park by the Tennis Court/Kid’s play area entrance as you can’t get through. The club gate is normally locked – the home captain will aim to arrive about 45 minutes before the game is due to start to open up.
Parking: Parking is on the road usually on the same side as the green. We ask that where possible you car share, and that you don’t park in a continuous line but leave a break of a couple of spaces at some point, usually opposite the shared drive (roughly by the tree), so that it allows a pull in for cars to pass.
Facilities: We don’t yet have a club house. We do have a shelter to be shared by both teams. We have a proper toilet (even though it’s in a shed) and we will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.
We look forward to joining the league and meeting you all in the summer.
If you want any further details on the club then please contact Helen on firstname.lastname@example.org or in regard to arrangements for individual games then contact the captain/vice captain as listed in your league contact lists.