3rd April 2020
Well, we are now living for the time being, in a very different world than we used to and as such can only leave our homes for shopping, exercise, going to the pharmacy or essential work.
From the Bowls Club perspective that means that all meetings, open days, matches have been cancelled until early June at best. So sit back on the couch, turn on the TV, read a book, do some colouring or just have a rest. We're all in this together.
Remember some of our members live on their own and are now unable to see their sons, daughters, grandchildren and other family members so why not give them a call and say Hi. Also if any member needs help then Swanley Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council are running schemes to help you at this time. please contact them or if you're not sure how to then please call me (Keith Mitchell) and I will be happy to help.
Bowls England is aware that the provision of a quality playing surface is vital for our sport.
We have been working in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) over the last week to produce guidance for our member clubs regarding ongoing maintenance and what essential work may be carried out in order to provide a fit for play surface when sport resumes.
In addition, the Sport & Recreation Alliance (SRA), which represents a number of national bodies including Bowls England, sought clarification on behalf of all sports as to whether grounds maintenance work is classified as essential during a meeting with the Sports Minister and other sector stakeholders on Thursday 2nd April. The SRA was informed that as long as social distancing regulations are adhered to and due regard for health and safety is followed, work that is essential to that space and cannot be done at home is considered to be acceptable.
You are reminded that whilst essential work on greens is therefore currently permitted, the latest Government guidance must be followed at all times.
IoG – Coronavirus (Covid-19) General Guidance
IoG – Guidance on interim works for your sports turf
Sport & Recreation Alliance – Business Support
Those of you who were due to go to Potters last week will now be aware that a refund has been negotiated and monies will be returned to you.This may take some time as the staff are currently at home and have no access to the office to make the payments. None of us know when the current situation will change so please be patient and if you have any questions then please contact Keith Mitchell as he has been dealing with Potters on behalf of Keith Gibbs.
REMEMBER STAY HOME, STAY SAFE AND KEEP WELL.