Stubbs Parkin & South Whitchurch Bowling League 2020

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Important Dates:

 

Tue Jan 26th 2021 19:30

League AGM to be held via Zoom Conferencing. - Now cancelled due to the ongoing Covid19 situation

Latest information:

Sun Jan 17th 2021

Hi All,

 

This is a combined Survey of players and members on returning to Bowls in 2021, if you could share so that we can get a feel for the concerns on returning this year

 

 

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS - BACK to BOWLS

As we enter a New Year, it’s time to look ahead positively to the 2021 outdoor bowls season.

Last year proved there is a great appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a Covid-friendly manner. Those clubs who did open their doors provided a hub within their community for their members and experienced good levels of participation.

We know that the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on people’s ability to play bowls. We know you have received a few surveys from us recently but this very short one will enable us to recognise how you are feeling and what support is needed to return, whilst building a national understanding of how different groups would prefer to be supported.

Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “When reflecting on 2020, it’s almost impossible to look beyond Covid-19 and its impact on our sport. Many outdoor bowls clubs remained closed, thousands of bowlers did not pick up a bowl in anger, the competitive season as we know it did not happen and the sport was affected financially at all levels of our game.

“We want to do everything possible to ensure that clubs can reopen safely in 2021 and that the bowling community can get back to bowls with confidence. Your feedback will be valuable to support the work are undertaking, in conjunction with the Bowls Development Alliance and the British Crown Green Bowling Association, to help make this happen.”

Mark Bircumshaw, British Crown Green Bowling Association Chief Executive said: “2020 has been the most challenging year and Bowls has been badly affected as all outdoor sports have. As we move into 2021 understanding how we reopen safely will be critical in getting our members back to the game we all love. Completing this survey will help us in conjunction with Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to enable a safe return for all clubs across the Bowling community.”

The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution us to ensure that we can help to get you back on the green. Deadline for completed surveys is Sunday 28th February.

Click here to complete the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021ReturntoPlay

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2021ReturntoPlay

 

 

 

 

Tue Dec 22nd

The BCGBA has recently joined the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) in its final year of a 4-year funding program.

 

We have an opportunity for one of our clubs to be supported by the BDA to help them build their membership and provide a first class experience to new bowlers.

We would expect this pioneering club to be an ambassador for Shropshire and be positive in the promotion of crown green bowling in our County.

The successful club will be supported by the myself and the local Development team and Lee Smith the BCGBA Development Officer.

 

The BCGBA have been allocated an initial 16 Club Development Programmes from the BDA. This equates to 1 Club Development Programme per Geographical County (14 excluding Wales & IOM due to funding restrictions) plus 1 Club Development Programme for British Parks with 1 still to be confirmed.

 

 A newsletter and an application form will have been sent you by Shropshire Secretary Mo Corley.

 

Key dates;

- The Application window opens 1st January 21 and closes 31st January 21

- CDOs/Counties to shortlist applications by 7th February 21

- CDOs/Counties/BCGBA to select clubs week commencing 8th February 21

- The Club Development Programmes can start as soon as the above is done

 

If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact me 

Pauline Wilson  Shropshire Development Officer  : porinkan@gmail.com  or Phil Scott  .

 

Should the BDA secure funding beyond 2021 then this may be an opportunity for additional clubs to take advantage of this assistance. 

 

The applications must be sent no later than 31st January 21.

 

Mon Dec 21st

DBS Checks will progress early next year so please read carefully and follow the instructions.

 

  1. Go to the Shropshire Log in on MB Results and login with guest.

  2. Firstly book a slot between 9am and 12pm on one of the following dates, Saturday 30th January/ Saturday 13th Feb/ Saturday 27th Feb or Saturday 13th March.

  3. You will need to register your name and email address and Club (For the Zoom meeting Link to be sent to you)

  4. On the day you will need your passport currently in date/ Driving Licence a recent Utility Bill with current address on and National Insurance Number. If you able to scan these to your PC beforehand you will then be able to share in our meeting rather then hold up to the camera.

  5. The meeting will take around 15 minutes hopefully , Only one person will be admitted at a time so if you are waiting please be patient and I will admit you once the previous applicant is finished.

 

  1. The signing of the document will take place on Saturday 27thMarch at Hadnall BC Car Park between 9:30am -12 pm. All in a Covid secure manner each applicant will be instructed to remain in their car to they are signalled to exit their vehicle. Their form will be securely placed on a table for them to read before signing with their own black pen. Please note no pens with be provided so do not forget one. Hand sanitiser will be provided before signing the document and for afterwards. At this current stage everyone should bring their mask to the signing session also.

 

Other Notes.

  1. It is set up so that they select date and time, which is every 15 min. If they select a date and time that is already used they will need to change it as it will not be saved.

 

  1. If they try to change their time once it has been saved they cannot unless they get in touch with me.

 

  1. They also cannot log in again and try to enter another time using the same email address.

 

Phil Scott

Shropshire Safeguarding Officer/Vice Chairman

Shropshire Crown Green Bowling Association

Tel: 01948 820757

Mobile: 07946 478299

 

Tue Dec 8th

At the BCGBA Management Meeting held in November there was a presentation given by Lisa Graham, Managing Director of the Bowls Developement Alliance. To view the presentation  select BCGBA-presentation-Nov-2020 in the Document Downloads Link.

Thu Nov 19th

Competition Secretary Jamie Brookes has informed the management he will be standing down from his role at the AGM due to personal reasons, The management and I'm sure all the players thank him for his hard work over the last couple of years he will be a hard act to follow.  So that means we are on the lookout for a new competition secretary or even two if the work was shared.

 So if anyone is interested please contact the Secretary or Chairman to discuss further.

Job Spec is below.

Whitchurch League Competition Secretary

 

 

Job Description

 

COMPETITION SECRETARY

 Organises all the Competition dates in conjunction with other Leagues: County, Premier, Market Drayton, North Shropshire Ladies etc

 

Conducts all the League team competitions draws ,enters onto website and enters host clubs as well.

 

 Collates all Results Sheets for Jubilee Doubles, Shropshire Star, President’s Cup,

 

Organises and runs all Individual and Doubles Competitions, ( from booking greens and liasing with host clubs on refreshments to be provided for entrants where needed).

 

 Produces draws for competitions and attends all possible individual competitions to run them on the day.

 

 Collates entries and prize winners etc for the end of year prize giving.

 

 Forwards competition monies to Treasurer on a monthly basis.

 

 Forwards results and reports to Shropshire Star/Whitchurch Herald as required and puts

on the website.

 

Must be computer literate.

 

Sat Nov 14th

 

Please see Job description, If know of anyone who might be interested let the League Chairman know or the County Chairman.

 

 

SCGBA – Job Description for the post of County Treasurer.

 

1.Pay in to the designated bank account, all monies received from a range of stakeholders including affiliated leagues and clubs etc.

 

2.Issue cheques in respect of affiliation fees/entry fees due, purchases made, work carried out and prize money gained via competitions etc., etc.

 

3. Attend periodic meetings of the SCGBA Executive Committee, and present financial reports to these meetings.

 

4.Administer the annual Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance provision for all SCGBA affiliated leagues and clubs. This includes both the Endsleigh scheme administered by the BCGBA, and all other policies taken out by individual leagues and clubs. 

 

5.Submit monthly returns to HMRC throughout the financial year in relation to tax due on the SCGBA officers’ Honoraria payments, and to pay the relevant amounts each month to HMRC. Complete/submit year end returns to HMRC, and issue P60 End of Year Certificates to the Association’s officers.

 

6. Administer the Government’s People’s Pension scheme for the Association’s officers (every three years).

 

Fri Nov 13th
Our helpful tools, videos and advice from other organisations within the sector, can be accessed via our dedicated hub page here: Club Matters Coronavirus Guidance
 
The resources include:
·        Business Continuity Planning 
·        Securing Your Premises Checklist
·        Emergency Financial Planning Guide
·        Preparing your Committee to Operate Virtually
·        Running Virtual Meetings and AGMs
·        Ann Craft Trust - A Guide to Safeguarding Adults through Coronavirus
·        CPSU - Safeguarding Children through Coronavirus
·        Join the Movement and #StayInWorkOut Website
  
Our Return to Play resources will continue to be available via our website too for when the time comes to return: Club Matters Returning to Play
 
Our Return to Sport/Activity Surveys, which ran during July and August 2020, revealed that regular, effective communication was key to keeping members/participants and volunteers connected and engaged during lockdown and encouraging their return on reopening.
 
The findings showed that:
  • When clubs/groups get their comms wrong or they’re inconsistent, people feel; hesitant, nervous, confused, worried and neglected.
  • But when they get their comms right, people feel; valued, grateful, optimistic, excited, trusted and expectant.
 
Good communication can help people stay connected during these difficult times and can help ease anxiety around returning to sport/activity when the time is right. Communicating and engaging as a virtual club and making the most of social media channels has never been so important.
 
Our online guides have been updated and are here to help:
 
Thu Nov 5th

Hi Everyone

 

Another change in restrictions from Thursday, 5th November. Having read these we are of the opinion that there is no way crown green bowling can take place within a safe environment and in consultation with the BCGBA, we are directing clubs/players to stop crown green bowling from Thursday, 5th November 2020.

 

We appreciate this may cause disruption to ongoing winter leagues, club competitions (internal and open) and casual bowling but our view is that the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and overrides other considerations.

 

When these restrictions are lifted/amended we shall issue further directions.

 

In the meantime all stay safe

 

Phil Scott

SCGBA Safeguarding Officer.

Fri Oct 16th

The minutes of the Dec 2019 Executive  and June 2020 Management Meetings can now be viewed on the relevant links.

Wed Aug 26th

The results of the Dennis Uk / SISIS Best Kept Green Competition 2020

 

The management have agreed to award prizes for first to fifth place this year at a safe time in the future, And in 2021 there will also be a new category of most improved green as well for clubs to enter. In this current time the Judges would like to thank the clubs who entered and thanks to all the greenspersons for all their hard work this year and Congratulations to the winners.

Dennis Uk/SISIS Green Competition 2020 - Results 
       
Green Name  Green No Av total  Placed 
Audlem   49 1st
Wem Albion   46.66 2nd
Wem USC   44 3rd
Wollerton   43.33 4th
Bridgewater 2 43 5th
Thu Aug 6th

Please find all the details for the upcoming Dennis UK / SISIS Best Kept Green Competition to be judged on Saturday 15th August,

 

Start Time 9:30am

 

Green 1    Nantwich Park Rd    (Brine Road, Nantwich  CW5 7AJ)

 

Green 2    Audlem                  ( Heathfield Rd, Audlem  CW3 0HH)

 

Green 3    Adderley                (Adderley Village Hall TF9 3TF)

 

Green 4    Calverhall               ( Calverhall Village Hall  SY13 4PD)

 

Green 5    Wollerton               (Mill Lane Wollerton   TF9 3NA)

 

Green 6    Hodnet                   (Shrewsbury St, Hodnet TF9 3NS)

 

Green 7    Hadnall                   (Station Road, Hadnall   SY4 3DD)

 

Green 8    Wem Albion             (Recreation Ground Station Rd SY4 5AU)

 

Green 9    Wem USC                 (29 Leek St, Wem  SY4 5EP)

 

Green 10  Wem BC                  (Bowensfield Wem  SY4 5AP)

 

Green 11  Hanmer                   (Hanmer Arms, SY13 3DE)

 

Green 12  Tilstock                   (Tilstock Lane, Tilstock. SY133JL)

 

Green 13  Bridgewater              (Anchor Close Whitchurch SY13 1TJ)

 

 

We have obtained a sponsor for this competition a British Firm with a proven track record in greenkeeping   Dennis UK /SISIS who have kindly offered sponsorship this year. 

 They have sent us their catalogues see the link below for clubs to peruse if they are on the lookout for new equipment and will also be sending us a link for an online seminar for greenkeepers in the next few days for Greenkeepers to watch virtually in their own time.

 

www.dukbrochure.co.uk

 

www.sbrochure.co.uk

 

If any club has any equipment from Dennis a photo opportunity for the greens keeper to get into the Dennis publications can be done and much appreciated from Dennis Uk.

 

 

 

The plan is around 20 mins per green if possible.

 

The judging will be on 6 items Grass Cover, Thatch, Diseases, Running Surface, Weed Control and Surrounds.   All out of 10 points except surrounds which is out of 5 total of 55.

 

Can all clubs please ensure access to each green is open to minimize contact with surfaces etc.

 

I will text a point of contact when we arrive at the club before yours on the list to give you an expected time of arrival. If you can let me know who to text would be appreciated.

 

If possible an official from each Club and Greenskeepers to be there to meet the judges, 

 

The 4 judges will be 

 

Phil Scott     Chairman

Simon Fullard   Vice Chairman

Phil Brown    BCGBA President 2017 from North Midlands

Phil Ellett     Warwick and Worcester Development Secretary

 

We look forward to seeing you all and enjoy your hospitality on the day.

 

Thu Jul 30th

There is now a facilty on your club Page to enter the details of any person who has been present on your green with other people.
Log in with your club password and select Track and Trace Entries. This should simplify your record as the Safety Officer will be able to view all entries.

Wed Jul 29th

The management met again tonight on Zoom to discuss the Phase 3 changes and whether we hold any competitions in the last couple of months of this season .After lengthy discussions on the pros and cons. Where we all see the need to get people bowling again or risk losing them from the sport. A number of issues arose first the availability of clubs wishing to host a competition, Juliette will be contacting all clubs to see their availability in the future. Secondly the travelling issues where only one person/family can travel in a car some venues have restricted parking. Thirdly for example in Junior comps Under 21 for example Parent s would be likely to attend as well which could push the 30 limit very easily.

All Risk Assessments would have to be done and if clubs hadnt adhered to the guidelines before they wouldnt be  considered for hosting.

With hand sanitising/ Social distancing to be kept between players and run a competition the management voted to for the time being at least not to run any,

Will review end of August for possibly something in Late September/ Early October.

The other thing that should be pointed out is that anyone who received a Sport England Covid grant will be receiving emails to ask how the money was spent Everyone needs to answer this with bills etc to prove expenditure otherwise their club will be asked to reimburse Sport England

 Also Judging for the Best Green Competition will be in August , Clubs will be notified of date and times in due course.

 Mike Beckett has set up a track and trace section on the website, If you login with your club password you can record all players etc onto the system.  Any queries ask Phil or Mike.

 The management will review all Covid actions continuously and inform members accordingly , We will decide in the next 6 weeks whether we have a virtual October Executive meeting or meet in person.

 And also any clubs that has rule changes for next years AGM they have till 30th November to get them in.

 

 

Mon Jul 27th

Received from the BCGBA today.

Following our submission, to the Department of Sport, the following is now permitted as long as all Social distancing rules and bubble rules are followed. We have had to clarify the compliance with maximum of 30 and bubble size of 6. I have also have to clarify that our team games are a series of individual game.
 
Interclub friendlies up to a maximum of 12 singles games (maximum of 30 in the gathering)
This would also allow 6 doubles games etc.
 
League matches following social distancing as above.
 
Open Competitions / competitions
 
To comply with the social distancing the maximum rounds that could be played on a single day is 4, this would mean a total of 6 in the bubble assuming all other social distancing is maintained. In practice, this would allow up to 16 (groups of) playing down to 4 with a finals day on a later day. (Singles)
 
 
To run an open competition the dates would need to be agreed in the normal way with the county secretary and an action plan completed to ensure the Covid issued have been addressed. 
 
Hopefully, this will allow wider participation for those who want to organise matches. Each League will need to assess what they intend to do for the rest of the season.
 
Phase 3 opening of Greens

Return to Sport Action Plan. Crown Green Bowls.

 

Update social gatherings of up to 30 people are now permitted, as long as all social distancing is maintained, this will allow up to 30 on or around a green in total.

The number of players on the green should be risk assessed by your club and an acceptable number agreed based on the size of the green.

Each group can consist of 2 households, (Social bubbles) or up to 6 from individual households.

Open, League and external competitions will need to be risk assessed to ensure a covid secure event is held and all documentation completed and player informed of guidance.

All previous guidance and advice Remains in force and is available on the BCGBA Website

 

  • Social distancing 2 metres or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)1
  • Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups
  • Multi Green venues permitted maximum groups numbers agreed per green and must enable groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross contact between groups
  • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained. Club contact records telephone numbers and email contacts collected
  • Family groups – 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing.
  • Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions.

Club Competitions, single’s and pairs

  • Competition organisers should be aware of the issues regarding  Covid19 guidance*
  • Paperwork* and risk assessment* completed and a copy forwarded to County Safeguarding Officer2.
  • *The Club Secretary and or Chairman to sign the Covid Competition action plan/risk assessment detailing how competition will be run safely and within the current social distancing arrangements. All competition administrators to sign that they understand the action plan to ensure they fully understand the regulations.

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases


Equipment

 

You are now able to use club communal equipment however a strict cleaning plan should be displayed and be clear to all players.

  • Equipment to be disinfected/cleaned before and after each game is completed, ie. jacks and mats.
  • Shaking of hands – use appropriate alternative methods. ie. elbows, thumbs up etc.

 

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 

• Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home

• Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.

• Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc.

• Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible

 

NOTE FOR CLUBS:

 

• You must have a clear process for knowing who is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club members to understand and abide by.

• Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above.

Shared Public greens – ensure you have an attendance list of your club members who have attended should this information be required. You are only responsible for your club members information.

Return to Sport Action Plan. Crown Green Bowls.

 

Bowls Clubs are a complex environment where the risk should be assessed for the venue and the activity to ensure effective social distancing and infection control.

 

Clubs should clearly communicate to all participants, volunteers and workers to ensure reasonable measures are complied with at all times, before, during and after any activity.

 

  • Members should arrive prepared to take part within the prescribed time limits for play. Changing facility use should be avoided but should be available where there are additional needs for members.
  • Undue raising of voices should be avoided to avoid any airborne transmission of virus. (consider use of masks where needed).
  • Minimise any personal contact with surfaces while taking part in sport.

 

  1. A.    Steps clubs should take:

 

1. Advise members/players of guidance before they arrive at the green to ensure safety and compliance.

2. Provide handwashing, sanitiser and encourage good hygiene at all times.

3. Use contactless payment where appropriate.

4. Keep doors open where possible to avoid contact.

5. Avoid the use of lockers or equipment stores and keep equipment accessible where possible.

6. Avoid the use of paperwork wherever possible, use online processes as much as possible for booking sessions.

 

B. Managing Risks

1. Undertake a risk assessment for the Bowls Club for any proposed activity.

2. Risk assess the number of players that can access the green.

3. Limit numbers where appropriate.

4. Have a plan for arrival and leaving the green.

5. Use markings where possible.

6. Ensure Parking arrangements are covered and communicated.

7. Use one way systems when moving through buildings.

 

  1. C.    Avoid contact while taking part.
  2. Social distancing should be maintained between all users including, individuals, groups, teams and coaches, unless from the same household.
  3. Spectators & players to follow social distancing and manage their children in attendance.
  4. Assist track and trace by keeping records of attendance (21 Days)

 


 

Return to Sport Action Plan. Crown Green Bowls.

 

Each club should review their Risk assessment to allow for non-club members attending and all relevant information provided to the opponents in advance of attending your green.

 Matches can be up to a maximum of 12 a side but the total group size including officials and coaches must not exceed 30.

 Individual games should ensure social distancing is maintained within the game and other games on the green.

 Use your own equipment wherever possible and shared mats and jacks should be cleaned before and after each game.

If someone outside your game touches the jack it should be cleaned prior to continuing with the game.

 Players to remain socially distanced at all times.

 Use of club facilities, clubhouse, toilets and changing areas should adhere to latest government guidelines. 

 Keep records of all those who have attended the match, players spectators and officials and record contact details.

 Measuring an end should be done by the players if a mutual decision cannot be agreed. Equipment should be cleaned after each use if shared.

 If running an open competition, you should produce a Risk assessment for the Competition to ensure that your able to maintain safety of players and visitors in line with BCGBA guidance and adhere to Government Advice. Approval should be sort for the open competition in the normal way via your county and apply for an open certificate.

For all activity, the relevant UK Government social distancing guidance should be adhered to at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only where social distancing of 1m+ is permitted:

This document refers to current UK Government guidance for England only and is subject to change in response to the current COVID-19 Alert Level, community prevalence of COVID-19 and/or to reflect additional or updated UK Government guidance. (Where a local shutdown or alteration to guidance is issued this must also be followed).

Prior to all bowling activity:

• All participants (players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators) should check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current UK Government Guidance, if an individual is symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection they should remain at home and follow UK Government guidance. In addition, any participants who have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, must not exercise outside their home or garden and must not exercise with others.

• Participants should follow UK Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 if it applies to them. (Relaxation is allowed after 1st August)

• Participants should comply with all public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend a bowls club or venue. (Including any local shut down rule changes)

• Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after bowls activity.

• Participants should bring their own hand sanitiser where possible and maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.

• Participants should follow UK Government guidance on best practice for travel, including minimising the use of public transport. (This has changed over the last few days, follow local transport rules) Individuals should travel alone by car unless from the same household.

• Use of the clubhouse and toilets should adhere to the latest UK Government guidance.

• Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored, in accordance with previous BCGBA guidance.  

• Club representatives should make all participants aware of expected social distancing and hygiene measures during play and whilst on site. (Ideally prior to attendance).

• Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating at a venue before activity begins. Meet-up times should reflect this. Participants should arrive changed and ready to begin the warm-up/roll up, if applicable.

• Club representatives should make all participants aware of the increase in transmission risk associated with partaking in even socially distanced group activity and should ensure that all participants are clear that they are opting to participate in bowling activity.

• Matches can return as long as groups are limited to a maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials and risk assessed.

• Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing.

• No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the bowl or jack at any time.

• All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of the activity.

• Participants should exit/leave the green or club whilst maintaining social distancing.

• Social gathering (max 30) after the activity will be allowed in line with current UK Government guidelines on hospitality and social distancing must be maintained.

• Players should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting any shared equipment.

• Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting.

• Clubs should encourage all participants to report any infection of their household to the NHS Test and Trace system following use of the facility to limit the spread of the virus (section 3): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-andtrace-how-it-works.

• On any day of the activity, club representatives and volunteers should ensure that all COVID-19 measures are in place according to the club operating and safety plans, whilst maintaining social distancing

• The duty of care which the club already have remains and therefore other matters such as First Aid must continue to be provided. First Aid equipment (including AEDs where available) and suitable PPE for First Aid must be made available. Advice on First Aid during the COVID pandemic is available from St John Ambulance.

• Clubs must have entry and exit, and parking arrangements to venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained and implement traffic flow systems where possible and appropriate.

• Clubs must outline socially distanced areas for teams, officials, and spectators.

• Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the jack or bowl.

Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance. (Maximum of 30 in total applies)

• Detailed guidance relating to referees will be released in due course by the referee society.

• In the event of rain, participants should return to their own vehicle to maintain social distancing if there is insufficient outdoor cover from the rain to maintain social distancing.

• Coaches should make themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the UK Government & BCGBA and Coach Bowls guidance.

• It is the coach's responsibility to ensure that they coach players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines.

• Coach should explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines

 

 

Open Competitions / Club Competitions

A Player can only play a maximum of 4 rounds on a single day to stay within the groups of 6 rules within the social gathering guidance.

This is based on the guidance issued from the Department of Sport following our latest submission where agreement needed the social bubble of 6 individuals and or single households make up a maximum of 6 in a bubble. The maximum in a social gathering also remains at 30. Should these numbers change then additional rounds on one day could be increased. Due to local restrictions in some areas you may which to record the local area.

Example player grouping and total interactions with other player by rounds.

 

4

 

4

4+1

 

5+1

 

 

 

 

Winner plays round 5 on next appropriate day.

Each player has only interacted with a maximum of 6 others on a single day.

A v B

 

A

A

 

 

C v D

 

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E v F

 

F

 

 

 

G v H

 

H

H

 

H

 

 

 

 

 

 

I v J

 

J

 

 

 

K v L

 

L

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M v N

 

N

 

 

 

O v P

 

P

P

 

P

 

Combinations of groups of 16 can therefore be used over different days to reach a finals day that meets the maximum group interactions on a single day for any one individual.

 

This fulfils the conditional approval for our guidance submitted to the Department of Sport to further relax the playing guidance in competitions.

 

Sat Jul 11th

Phase 2a Update

Comment re cricket: 

Considering the relaxation of conditions for local cricket we have made strenuous efforts, which remain ongoing, to obtain further guidance from Government on the commencement of community sport, which includes crown green bowling. Following yesterday’s announcement, we have 33 pages of regulations to go through before we can fully update guidance & then have to obtain approval from the Department of Sport. Consequently, the best advice/guidance we can give at this moment in time is as follows below.

 

30 people allowed at the venue including those on green as long as all social distancing is maintained (this will allow up to 30 people in total).

The number of players on the green should be risk assessed by your club and an acceptable number agreed based on the size of the green.

Each group can consist of 2 households, (Social bubbles) or up to 6 from individual households.

All previous social distancing guidance and advice remains in force

that’s not covered here.

 

  • Social distancing 2 metres or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)1

  • Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups

  • Multi Green venues permitted maximum groups numbers agreed per green and must enable groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross contact between groups

  • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained. Club contact records telephone numbers and email contacts collected

  • Family groups – 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing.

  • Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions.

Club Competitions, single’s and pairs

  • Club Competition organisers should be aware of the issues regarding  Covid19 guidance*

  • Only Club members allowed. (External bowlers not permitted)

  • Paperwork* and risk assessment* completed and a copy forwarded to

    County Safeguarding Officer: Phil Scott Email:safeguardingSCGBA@outlook.com

  • *The Club Secretary and or Chairman to sign the Covid Competition action plan/risk assessment detailing how competition will be run safely and within the current social distancing arrangements. All competition administrators to sign that they understand the action plan to ensure they fully understand the regulations.

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases

Equipment

 

You are now able to use club communal equipment however a strict cleaning plan should be displayed and be clear to all players.

  • Equipment to be disinfected/cleaned before and after each game is completed, ie. jacks and mats.

  • Shaking of hands – use appropriate alternative methods. i.e elbows, thumbs up etc.

     

    THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

 

• Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home

• Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.

• Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc.

• Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible

 

NOTE FOR CLUBS:

 

• You must have a clear process for knowing who is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club members to understand and abide by.

• Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above.

Shared Public greens – ensure you have an attendance list of your club members who have attended should this information be required. You are only responsible for your club members information.

 

OPEN COMPETITIONS, AND LEAGUE MATCHES, WHETHER FRIENDLY OR COMPETITIVE, ARE NOT PERMITTED. due to the constraints & Regulations on testing which apply to Elite (professional) Sports.

 

Further Guidance will follow when approved by DCMS (dept Sport).

 

Tue Jun 30th

Phase 2a Green Opening

Following the update guidance issued this week 23rd June 2020, there is currently little difference to updates issued with a few minor additions. The key to opening is that records are available if track and trace require information on who has attended the green.

Booking or attendance lists with contact details required. Some other minor changes have been included.

ALL PREVIOUS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE AND ADVICE REMAINS IN FORCE

 

  • Social distancing 2 metres or 1 metre plus mitigation (this would require additional measures such as face coverings to allow 1 metre, and/or ensuring good hygiene and cleaning is maintained as all times)1
  • Maximum of 6 people allowed on or around the green at any one time (see family groups below)
    • Multi Green venues permitted with maximum 6 each green provided groups are separated and entrance and exits routes are displayed to avoid cross contact between groups
    • Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups
    • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained. Club contact records telephone numbers and email contacts collected
    • Arrangements should be made to manage the social distancing and all other hygiene procedures
      • Club Buildings and toilets can open see separate guidance sheet / risk assessment (Phase 2) – limited opening
      • Family groups – 2 family groups can meet up of any size, but all other guidance applies on social distancing.
      • Common sense applies. Players take responsibility for their own actions.
        • Ensure that your Insurance cover is up to date, Endsleigh Cover is dependent on membership of BCGBA (club fee £35.00 has been paid)
        • Club Competition organisers should be aware of the issues regarding Covid19 guidance*
        • Only Club members allowed. (External bowlers not permitted)
        • Paperwork* and risk assessment* completed and a copy forwarded to County Safeguarding Officer Phil Scott: safeguardingSCGBA@outlook.com
          • *The Club Secretary and or Chairman to sign the Covid Competition action plan/risk assessment detailing how competition will be run safely and within the current social distancing arrangements. All competition administrators to sign that they understand the action plan to ensure they fully understand the regulations.

 Club Competitions, single’s and pairs

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases

 

 

 

Equipment

 

YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO USE CLUB COMMUNAL EQUIPMENT HOWEVER A STRICT CLEANING PLAN SHOULD BE DISPLAYED AND BE CLEAR TO ALL PLAYERS.

  • EQUIPMENT TO BE DISINFECTED/CLEANED BEFORE AND AFTER EACH GAME IS COMPLETED, IE. JACKS AND MATS.
    • SHAKING OF HANDS – USE APPROPRIATE ALTERNATIVE METHODS. ie. elbows, thumbs up etc.

 

  • Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home
  • Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.
  • Limited access to clubhouse, walkways and toilets. Ensure risk assessment and notices are displayed on hygiene and handwashing

No spectators permitted other than internal competition organisers and card markers (total 6 persons currently)

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible

NOTE FOR CLUBS:

  • You must have a clear process for knowing who Is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club

members to understand and abide by.

  • Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above.

Shared Public greens – ensure you have an attendance list of your club members who have attended should this information be required. You are only responsible for your club members information.

 

OPEN COMPETITIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE CONSTRAINTS & REGULATIONS ON TESTING WHICH APPLY TO ELITE SPORTS**.

 

 

**ELITE SPORT IS LIMITED TO PROFESSIONAL SPORT COMPETITIONS

 

WE STILL AWAIT GUIDANCE ON THE OPENING OF COMMUNITY LEVEL SPORT WHICH WILL DICTATE IF WE CAN ALLOW COMPETITION BETWEEN CLUBS.

STAY ALERT – CONTROL THE VIRUS – SAVES LIVES

Phase 2a                   Internal Club Competitions

  • All previous social distancing guidance and advice remains in force
  • Maximum of 6 people allowed on or around the green at any one time
  • Players should maintain social distancing and keep up to 4 metres between groups to allow for social distancing between groups
  • Club Competition Officer Appointed and Trained on Covid19 guidance and issues*
  • Only Club members allowed.
  • Paperwork* and risk assessment* completed and a copy forwarded to County Safeguarding Officer Phil Scott. safeguardingSCGBA@outlook.com.
  • Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained
  • Ensure that your Insurance cover is up to date, Endsleigh Cover is dependant on membership of BCGBA (club fee £35.00 has been paid)
  • Arrangements should be made to manage the social distancing and all other hygiene procedures
  • Club Buildings and toilets can open see separate guidance sheet / risk assessment (Phase 2) – limited opening

 

*The Club Secretary and or Chairman to sign the Covid Competition action plan/risk assessment detailing how competition will be run safely and within the current social distancing arrangements. All competition administrators to sign that they understand the action plan to ensure they fully understand the regulations.

 

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases

 

Crown Green Bowls – Club Competitions, single’s and pairs

 

GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS:

• Only use your equipment brought from home (jacks, mats, bowls etc.) unless communal equipment is used

• Sterilize equipment before and after use

• Keep strict social distancing measures in place - you must remain at a safe distance (2 metres) from people outside of your household.

• Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home

• Your club will have an agreed process for you to agree a time for you to access the green

• Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.

Limited access to clubhouse, walkways and toilets. Ensure risk assessment and notices are displayed on hygiene and handwashing

No spectators permitted other than competition organisers and card markers (total 6 persons currently)

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

• Being careful about touching solid surfaces e.g. gates, seating, doors, etc.

• Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible

NOTE FOR CLUBS:

• You must have a clear process for knowing who Is playing at the green, make this as clear as you can for your club members to understand and abide by.

• Please place a sign in clear view of all visitors of the guidelines set out above.

• You are now able to use club communal equipment however a strict cleaning plan should be clear to all players.

  • Equipment to be disinfected before and after each game is completed, ie. jacks and mats.
  • no shaking of hands – use appropriate alternative methods. ie. elbows, thumbs up etc.
  • Ensure you ask screening questions when players arrive to check for any symptoms

 

Open Competitions are not permitted due to the constraints on testing which apply to Elite Sports**.

  • **Elite sport is limited to professional sport competitions


 

Considerations:

Planning the number of players will mean some come and go on the same day if the competition runs through on a single day.

Remember that only 4 players and 2 running competition and marking (Total 6 people) are allowed at the green.

This is a variation of running a competition behind closed doors.

For the County records. Competition Risk Assessment to be completed and submitted to the County Safeguarding Officer Phil Scott: safeguardingSCGBA@outlook.com,   prior to the competition being run.

 

 

 

 

 

Risk (from risk

Actions to treat risk

Person

Timetable for

Monitoring of risk

assessment)

 

responsible

implementation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player screening

 

 

 

 

Maximum number present

 

 

 

 

Equipment usage

 

 

 

 

Equipment Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of risk review………………………...

 

 

Compiled by……………… Date………….

                                                                                                                                      Reviewed by……………… Date….………

Internal Club Competitions Guidance / Training

 

  1. Appoint Competition Organiser / keep records
  2. List of nominated helpers.
  3. Train and Issue Covid-19 guidance and risk assessments to above and ensure they understand the need to monitor and record attendance
  4. On the day ensure screening questions are asked, players details to be recorded.
  5. Maximum of 6* allowed on or round the green including spectators/markers
  6. Maintain social distancing (2 metres apart)*
  7. Use of shared equipment and cleaning process before and after each game.
  8. Ensure records are kept of entries and dates played in case there is a need to assist track and trace.
  9. Advise the club Chairman/ Secretary of competition details and dates so a record can be sent to SCGBA Safeguarding Officer (Phil Scott: safeguardingSCGBA@outlook.com for monitoring of clubs running internal competitions.
  10. Record any issue and advise Club Secretary for future planning.
  11. Latest guidance on track and trace should be posted up in the club.
  12. All other guidance should be followed ie. Washing hands before and after etc.

 

 

Screening Questions. (On the Day)

  1. Have you had any recognised covid 19 symptoms in the last 7 days
  2. Have you been asked to self-isolate by your doctor or NHS111
  3. Have you had a Cough or high temperature, fever, loss of taste or smell in the last 7 days.  (The most important symptoms are: a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).)

If yes to any of the above, then they should not be permitted to enter or play and should be asked to return home.

*This may change with subsequent government guidance changes

 

Organiser / Helper Name    ____________________________________

 

Signature                               _____________________________________

 

Date                                      ______________________________________

Wed Jun 24th

Last night we held an Executive meeting with all the clubs to discuss various items and make sure all was ok with their clubs. 24 clubs dialled into the Zoom Call out of  35 clubs with 2 apologies from Newport and Woore.

Main Points from the meeting were.

Treasurers Report - Peter Lawrence , Obviously not much going on in the accounts this season but due to the Honararia being paid in Jan 2020 for the previous year and items like booking the dinner a loss of £5400 is on the cards this year. Also please note an item from previous meetings where we said an investigation into whether the League and other leagues would have to pay tax on the honararia the reply from HMRC says we do. So this will be sorted going forward and we have asked if we can incorporate other local leagues  into the setting up of the PAYE Scheme.

Secretary's Report-  Juliette reported on her work during the last few months and informed the meeting the Dinner has been moved to Saturday 20th November 2021 at the Civic Centre.

Junior Bowls Scheme-  Simon reported the Bowls were on their way and would be distributed when safe to do so. 

Safeguarding-  Phil informed everyone of the likely changes to Internal Comps which should come out soon and to keep following the guidance and send in the Risk Assessments and Track and Trace to him.

A round up of the clubs revealed how many players are going for a practice a lot of clubs only have a half dozen who regulary attend, of the 24 clubs in attendance 4 are still closed, One has only just opened this week.  Something  that we are going to have to think about is how to attract players back and to attract new players over the coming months.

 

Lastly some good news to announce. The League recognise that during the Pandemic each club has a greensperson who still tends to the green even without players using it.

So a Best Kept Green Competition is to be run this year and following years split into two categories, Single Green and Double Green to be judged end of August/September.

Entry is free to all clubs, Clubs just need to send in a email to Juliette nominating their Greensperson and their club into the competition before the closing date of 15th July 2020.

There will be a prize for winners and runners up in each category which will be presented either at the AGM or the 2021 Dinner.

Mon Jun 15th

Hello to my fellow bowlers - I hope you are well and safe during these testing times.

 

I would like to take the opportunity to provide you all with an update in light of the current circumstances and our position as a league.

 

The management have discussed in length the various options available and carefully considered the possibility of some League Fixtures in 2020. In the current climate of social distancing and numbers of people/players being able to congregate together and stay safe, the management have made the decision to formally announce there will be no League Fixtures in the 2020 season.

 

We will of course continue to review the situation in line with any forthcoming government announcements, it may be possible to play competitions later on in the season depending on the social distancing restrictions still in place and clubs being able to adhere to the safeguarding measures in place.

 

As Shropshire’s safeguarding officer can I please remind you of the risk assessments that should be completed and returned to me at safeguardingscgba@outlook.com with your booking forms every 4 weeks for Track and Trace records.

 

Thanks to the clubs who already have completed the above action, much appreciated!

 

It has come to my attention that some clubs are using their club equipment and entering the buildings/Pavilion – can I remind you that at this time this is not allowed. Players must use their own equipment ie Bowls/Jack/Mat.

 

Please this is for everyone’s safety!

 

A Zoom Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 23rd June at 7pm which all clubs are invited to attend. Each club can nominate two representatives to join, at the meeting we can discuss any future proposals and this will be an opportunity for each club to raise any questions or concerns.

 

Can all clubs send Juliette the email addresses of their Club representatives so she can collate in preparation for the meeting.  

 

Please send any agenda items you would like to be included to Juliette by Friday 19th June.

 

Regards and Stay Safe

 

Phil Scott

 

Chairman WDBL.

Tue May 12th

Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Wednesday 13th May 2020
 
 
This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 1
 
This Guidance is for English clubs only (at present) Recommendations to consider before opening your green
STAY ALERT – CONTROL THE VIRUS – SAVES LIVES


Phase 1


• Limited Green Opening, Exercise and Practice (Full Social distancing must be maintained 2 metres distance) 

• During Phase 1 only 1 group permitted on the green at a time

• Bowling Greens can re-open, but you should only partake alone, or with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. 

• Club Schedule of Attendance (names, dates & times must be recorded) produced to ensure limited attendance should be maintained (record of green availability should be maintained) 

• Club to appoint a central contact (To enable track and trace records should this be required)

• Only Club members allowed on a Green

• Ensure that your Insurance cover is up to date, Endsleigh Cover is dependant on membership of BCGBA (club fee £35.00)

• Each Club will have to make their own assessment of the safety in opening your green 

• Arrangements should be made to manage the social distancing and all other hygiene procedures

• You will need to ensure you have your landlord’s permission to open the green if this applies

• Maintenance schedule will need to be reviewed to ensure green is available for play prior to opening 

• Club Buildings and toilets to remain closed, will be reviewed as part of phase 2/3

Be aware that this guidance could change at any point and could be withdrawn if the risk level increases

This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 1

Current Government advice is that bowling greens can open from Wednesday 13th May 2020
 
 
This Action Plan/ Risk Assessment should be used in conjunction with advice from the Government and is intended as a guide to clubs to safely consider all the risks associated with reopening your green. This does not override your landlords right to keep the green closed 2
 
Crown Green Bowls - The Opening of Greens

GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS: 

• Only use your equipment brought from home (jacks, mats, bowls etc.)

• Sterilize equipment before and after use 

• Keep strict social distancing measures in place - you must remain at a safe distance (2 metres) from people outside of your household 

• Follow strong hygiene practices at every opportunity - wash your hands when you get home

• You must have permission from your club to use the green

• Your club will have an agreed process for you to agree a time for you to access the green

• Once you have completed your session, please depart as soon as you safely can to enable others to access the green.

• You may only play on green if you are a member of the club DO NOT: 

• Do not enter clubhouse, or any facility which is part of the club (including toilets)

• Do not use club equipment

• Do not organise any competitive bowls.

• Do not turn up at

Mon May 11th

Evening All,

More information concerning the Government announcements will be published in due course together with any restrictions and what each club will have to do to comply with the rules. There is an Emergency BCGBA Meeting tonight concerning all this and i will inform you all in due course

Phil Scott   Chairman.



Tue Apr 28th

Support Funding for Bowls Clubs

Energize hosted a webinar event to talk clubs through what there was in support funding terms in this Coronavirus period. All of us will have lost bar income & are paying some fixed costs so it is definitely worth looking into.

At least 3 clubs have received 10k from Shropshire CC just by completing their simple questionnaire. I would urge secretaries/treasurers to start looking into this & completing the forms if you haven’t already done so.

Additionally, flood damage funding is still available & at least one club has benefitted substantially by completing the forms.

Don’t lose out when a little effort can pay big dividends.For full details click here

Pauline Wilson

Development Officer



Thu Apr 23rd

Covid-19

National Lottery Funding - Awards for All

We know many bowling clubs have members who are classed as in vulnerable groups. Would any bowling clubs like to explore ways of supporting their most vulnerable members? Please see link below:-

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england

This funding is very different to the Sport England Community Emergency Fund, which is designed to help sports club meet their ongoing costs in the face of lost income as a result of the facilities not being used.

Awards for All funding is about funding community based projects that supports those individuals in your communities who are most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Funding is available from £300-£10,000.

The guidance is straightforward and an easy read.

Just thought I would make bowling clubs aware of this opportunity.

Stay safe everyone.

 



Wed Apr 15th

Whitchurch League management meeting report from 14th April 2020.

 

  The League management had their second conference call on Tuesday 14th April to discuss various items concerning the league this also included Wendy Icke from the Market Drayton League who was invited to dial in as some items are relevant to the Market Drayton as well.

 

We discussed Grants that were available and more details has been sent out and put on the website.

 

Honararium for 2020 was discussed and it was proposed that officer’s honoraria would reflect the amount of work that they do in 2020.

 

Outstanding DBS Certificates were discussed and the appropriate email has been sent to the individuals involved.

 

We also discussed the Annual Dinner and after much thought it was decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Dinner as the amount of bowls that is likely to be played doesn’t warrant one.

 

As a league we are hopeful that some bowls might be played from July onwards subject to Government advice and permission from BCGBA. If this happened the League are proposing that the League is split up into Mini Divisions of 6-8 teams  for the rest of the season. We currently have 89 teams if everyone played it would mean 12-15 divisions but we know that there will be a number of players who wouldn’t want to play in 2020. This would be based on where you finished up last season. A deadline will be set in place for everyone to contact their players nearer the time so Mike Beckett can sort the fixtures . If any club wants to confirm their teams participation now this would helpful.

 

So each club would be asked on how many teams they could fill . And divisions made according for example below and where teams are missing others would move up. The usual League fees would apply and would mean a small prize for each division. A decision will be made whether to make all teams 10 a side to help clubs put a team out due to some players either not wanting to play or being on lockdown.

 

It was also decided to definitely cancel the Jubilee Doubles competitions for 2020 but the Shropshire Star and Presidents Cup are on hold at this current time and will be reviewed in the coming months same as the individual competitions.

 

Example Divisions

Premier Division                 First Division           Second Division

Adderley A                        Bridgewater A              Wem A

Wem USC                         Chester Road A             Malpas Farmers A

Woore                              AWC A                         Hadnall A

Ifton                                Prees A                        Adderley B

Hanmer A                        District A                      Ash  A

Malpas Sports A               Childs Ercall                  Wrenbury A

 

 

 

 

 



Wed Apr 15th

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government have announced support for small business, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.  This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund, and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.

Eligibility

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Some businesses are excluded from this scheme.  They are:

  • Recipients eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund will not be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • Businesses occupied for personal uses, such as private stables and loose boxes, or moorings
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • Businesses that as of 11 March 2020 were in liquidation, or were dissolved are not eligible
  • Hereditaments with a rateable value of £51,000 or over

The person who the billing authority have identified as the ratepayer in respect of the business on 11 March 2020 will be eligible for the grant.

Your business has been identified as potentially being eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.  If you would like to apply for the grant, please complete the short application form from the weblink below.

https://shropshire.gov.uk/covid-19-grants

Post Grant Award Assurance

The Government have advised that any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback.  The Government expect Local Authorities to be making checks to provide grant payment assurances and the Government will support Local Authorities in carrying out post-event assurances.

 

State Aid

Although the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, as part of the withdrawal agreement State Aid rules continue to apply during the transition period.   For further information on state aid law please visit https://www.gov.uk/state-aid

If you have been offered a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant as de minimus aid you can only receive up to 200,000 euros over a three-year period.  If you have been offered a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant you can only receive up to 800,000 euros under the Temporary Framework (other conditions apply).

Please note, if you are occupying the premises, but are not the ratepayer as addressed, please advise the business rates team at business.rates@shropshire.gov.uk



Tue Apr 7th

SPORT ENGLAND COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FUND

The above will cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurances, equipment hire and retrospective losses backdated to 1st March 2020. Awards will be made of values from £300 up to £10,000.

The Award criteria will include the following:-

Your Club delivers activity in disadvantaged areas
Your Club includes members from one or more of the following groups:- Women/Girls, Disabled People, People in lower socio-economic groups, Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), Older People and People with long-term health conditions
The financial need to keep your Club going
The impact of not receiving funding

Based on the application and the award criteria here is a list of Dos and Donts which may be helpful:-

Do

Be honest and state any reserves the Club has.

Emphasise if your Club is located in a disadvantaged area.
Include outline demographic information on your area, e.g. unemployment rate, population demographics, age profile of your community, health data etc. This information should be available through Census data or by contacting your Local Authority

Cite and emphasise all the groups your Club engaged with, e.g. Women/Girls, Older People, BAME, Disabled People, People with long-term health conditions and people in lower socio-economic groups

Emphasise the importance of the role your Club plays in your local community e.g. promoting physical and mental health and well-being, social interaction, combating social isolation/loneliness, engaging with local schools etc

Emphasise how you are maintaining contact with your members

Set out the financial impact between April and June. Cite examples of any mitigating actions the Club is taking.

Cite the minimum outgoings the Club has to meet e.g rent, utility bills etc

Cite examples of the impact of not receiving financial help e.g facilities could fall into a poor state of disrepair and risk being unusable when we emerge from the crisis, risk of losing a vital community asset etc

Cite the impact on club members/the local community e.g decreased physical activity, social isolation, decline in mental health, loss of community facility is a significant risk when it will be most needed when we emerge from the lock-down etc

Be clear and concise

Use simple and easy to understand language

Ensure the level of funding you need is accurate

Dont

Waffle

Use acronyms

Tell blatant lies. Any funding you receive could be subject to audit

I hope the above helps in some way. Good luck to any Clubs who are considering putting in an application. It is certainly worth a go.



Wed Apr 1st

BCGBA announcement released today Tuesday 31st March:

Emergency £20m fund for clubs to apply for funding to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://www.sportengland.org/…/our…/community-emergency-fund

 
SPORT ENGLAND SAYS - As the country deals with coronavirus (Covid-19), we know sport and physical activity organisations are facing a hugely difficult period of time.

Our Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. Its specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesse



Sun Mar 22nd

A note for SCGBA affiliated clubs, leagues, and bowling members 21/03/2020

 

We have been contacted in many ways about bowling activities.

The BCGBA and SCGBA have suspended all bowling. The Government this week and especially last night have taken unprecedented measures to help keep people safe. The Covid-19 virus is one of the most dangerous that has been known to modern man. With regret given the knowledge that we have all been advised to avoid unnecessary social contact. We must agree and as a measure to help people protect themselves and others say the following.

All bowling clubs (leisure facilities) should be closed

We really do understand the benefits of bowling and the serious effect this will have on a club’s abilities to survive.

SCGBA is continuously monitoring the situation and has set up calls to help decide on important matters and to protect our members. More information will be provided. We ask for your patience. We are in contact with many Associations to seek help and advice.

Can we ask club secretaries to ensure the safety of its members, help those that need help maybe with essential shopping tasks, or just a phone call to check they are ok. This can be done on a rota basis, so it doesn’t fall on one person. Also, to help people be aware of scams and fake news.

Security of Clubs will be an issue while people are not using them. Make sure your equipment is kept safe, we are asking the advice of professionals about what is essential maintenance of a bowling green when not in use and will pass that on as we know clubs will need to save as much expenditure as possible. For now, lock the doors, use notices and advise your members of this safety advice.

Please adhere to our request, we are not going to police this, currently people are being correctly informed by experts via the Government & Health Authorities with much detail on their webpages.

Extracts from Boris Johnsons Speech on 20th March 2020

We are collectively telling, telling cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can, and not to open tomorrow.

Though to be clear, they can continue to provide take-out services.

We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale.

Now, these are places where people come together, and indeed the whole purpose of these businesses is to bring people together. But the sad things is that today for now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart.

You may think you are invincible, but there is no guarantee you will get mild symptoms, and you can still, be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others

So that’s why, as far as possible, we want you to stay at home, that’s how we can protect our NHS and save lives.

We will get through it together, and we will beat this virus.

And to ram that point home: the more effectively we follow the advice that we are given, the faster this country will stage both a medical and an economic recovery in full

 

Phil Scott Shropshire Safeguarding Officer SCGBA



Sat Mar 21st

Statement from the WDBL Management

 

Via a conference call this week the Whitchurch League Management have discussed the various possibilities for this season, that is if we are allowed to play in the coming months.

We have come up with the following contingency plans to cover the various scenarios:

  1. Handbooks. On this issue if fixtures do not happen this year we can use them in 2021 with the same fixtures with date alterations  edited. We will Not then be distributing them this year.
  2. If your Club pays Council Tax or Business Rates there should be a reduction or total relief on them. We will send a link via the Secretary for more information
  3. We recommend that to help your Club get through this time financially that you ask your members to pay their membership fees. This should help you financially to get through this difficult period.
  4. We recommend that greens only have the minimum work carried out to cut costs until otherwise advised. Obviously still cut them on a regular basis -perhaps just once a week.
  5. We have been asked about financial help from the League. We are looking at the possibility of interest free short term loans if Clubs can show a definite need.
  6. BOWLING. The Norman Ford Classic Trophy has been cancelled. All qualifiers for 2020 will therefore go into the 2021 Competition.
  7. If we get the go ahead from BCGBA for July for example we propose that all League fixtures would still be abandoned. The Tuesdays and Thursday would then be used for the Jubilee Doubles, Shropshire Star and Presidents Cup. All other merits and other competitions would also be played. At least then everyone should have a chance of competitive bowling.
  8. Therefore, if this is of interest, Clubs should ensure that they tick/un tick the relevant boxes on the website for the main Team competitions
  9. There will be no League fees if we don’t run the fixtures – just team fees and entry fees into the competitions.
  10. Junior Bowls Scheme. We are still taking orders for these. Although it looks as though Clubs will not be able to currently hold an Open Day this year to qualify for the price reduction we are extending the time period for this to hold one within the first three months of the 2021 season to comply for this.

 



Thu Mar 19th

Just to confirm that the Executive Meeting for the 1st April is cancelled. An email will be landing in your mailbox in the next few days , giving details of what the Management Committee have out inplace for the Season. Juliette 



Wed Mar 18th

All League Matches, Competitons and coaching have been cancelled until further notice. 



Fri Mar 6th
After a great response from clubs for the Level 1 Caching course taking place on 19 April & 20 May at Wem there is only ONE place left
So if you were thinking of doing the course please apply as soon as possible at Coach Bowls website 
 Further details from Pauline Wilson porinkan@gmail.com if needed


Sat Feb 29th

2020 Fixtures are now live. Can you please check that there are no green clashes for teams that play in another league or that there are any matches where you are at home and your green is not available. This needs to be done by Monday as the fixtures will be going to the printers.
Malpas Farmers and Ellesmere have entered new teams to go into division 7.
A new club, Hop Pole have been accepted into the League and will replace Nantwich Barony in Division 3 who have withdrawn.
Nantwich Park Road, Malpas and AWC have withdrawn their lowest team.
Divisions 1 to 3 have 14 teams and will commence on Tue Apr 7th,
Division 4 have 12 teams and will commence on Tue 21st Apr
Division 5 have 11 teams as AWC may be able to field the team that they have withdrawn and will replace the Bye. They will commence on Thur 23rd Apr.
Divisions 6 and 7 have 12 teams and commence on Thur 23rd Apr.

 



Thu Feb 6th

Could all Clubs ensure that your Club Contact Details and GDPR Forms are completed . The information they contain is needed asap to update the Fixture Books and the League Secretary Contact List.



Sat Feb 1st

The Whitchurch league have secured a fantastic deal for the purchase of junior bowls which are on offer to all our clubs. Full details can be viewed on the Document Download Link. Select Junior Bowls Scheme.



Wed Jan 29th

Main points from last nights AGM.
All rule changes were adopted except for the proposal to change rule 3.1 to no divisions shall consist of more than 12 teams from 2021 which was rejected.
All office holders were re-elected except for Derek Wright who wished to stand down as Vice Chairman due to him not playing in the Whitchurch League this year. The new Vice Chairman will be Simon Fullard.
Hop Pole, a new club, were accepted into the league and will be placed in Division 3 to replace Nantwich Barony who have withdrawn.
At present Ellesemere will enter a new team in Division7 and Nantwich Park Road have withdrawn their D team. Malpas have indicated that they may have to withdraw a team.
Clubs have until March 1st to apply for a new team or withdraw a team.
At present to enable Division 7 to go back to 12 teams the bottom 4 teams will be relegated from Divisions 4, 5 and 6.
The season will start on Tue Apr 7th for Divisions 1 to 3. Tue Apr 21st for Division 4 and Thur Apr 23rd for Divisions 5 to 7.
Fixtures will be released on Mar 2nd and if any club wish to delay the opening of their green or close their green early can you please let Mike Beckett know so that your first or last matches  can be played away.