SAD NEWS

It is with regret that we have to inform you that Monty Brigden passed away peacefully this morning. There is some comfort in the fact that he was at home with his family.

Monty had a long association with Redhill Bowling Club as a Director, Men’s Captain and Club President. He will be greatly missed.

We have also recently learned that Gordon Loader, an ex-Battlebridge BC player; social member and short mat player at Redhill  has died suddenly at his home.

Our condolences go to both families.

 

 

SURREY BOWLS NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3/2020

BOWLS SURREY NEWSLETTER
Issue 3/2020
Hello Everyone.  Well what a difficult month it has been for the World.  I am sure that you all have questions with regards to what is happening.  As at this date all the emails we have received from Bowls England are listed below and you can see that there has been an abundance of them this month.  This is because the news from the Government and then BE has changed daily!  I have attached one of the emails from BE to the email but if you want to read any of them in full just email BowlsSurrey@gmail.com requesting them and let me know which number(s) you want.
Notices from Bowls England (March) – If you would like to receive the full email with regards to any of these please email me letting me know which one you would like.
1) 2nd March – Official World Bowls Magazine
2) 3rd March – Coronavirus – this email just states that nothing is cancelled as at this date
3) 5th March – Safeguarding Flyer from BDA
4) 5th March – Standardized Weeks of the Year (2021)
5) 6th March – International Squad – Travelling Reserves Named
6) 9th March – Minutes of BE Board Meeting Feb 2020
7) 9th March – Regional Meetings
8) 9th March – John Bell has been re-elected to serve as President of World Bowls
9) 10th March – Minutes of BE AGM held Feb 2020
10) 10th March – Bowls England confirm that the draws for the 2020 National Competitions will be available in April.
11) 14th March – Regional Meetings Cancelled due to Coronavirus
12) 14th March – Coach Bowls has postponed all courses from Monday 16th March until further notice
13) 17th March – World Bowls cancel All WB Events in 2020
14) 18th March – Disability Bowls Cancelling all events
15) 18th March – BE Statement on Coronavirus – I have attached this email as it is long and important and contains everything you need to know (as at this date)
16) 18th March – British Isle Bowls Council – Cancelling most of its events
17) 19th March – BE Office Closures – They can be contact via emails as the staff are now all working from home
18) 20th March – BDA Packages
19) 20th March – BE & Sport England – How to stay active
20) 20th March – BE FAQ
21) 23th March – BE say ‘Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread’
22) 24th March – Women’s Bowling Benevolent Fund Benevolent Triples Cancelled
23) 24th March – BE release news of new Podcast and National Newsletter
24) 25th March – Coach Bowls FAQ
25) 26th March – BE Inter County Comp Draws for 2021
26) 27th March – BE You Tube Channel launched
27) 27th March – Message from the BE Board Chair David Tucker
28) 30th March – BE news on when they aare going to refund affiliations – when BS receive it you Clubs will be refunded
29) 30th March – Official BE Podcast released
30) 31st March – New dates confirmed for World Bowls in Australia May 2021
Surrey Under 25’s Men are keen to invite new players into our squad.  If you have any players in your club that are U25 please contact Paul Manuel on 07548 686661 or email paulmanuel62@gmail.com
A message from Debbie Souter – Ladies Junior Manager
Firstly I would like to thank everyone for thier support in 2019, and was looking forward to 2020, especially as two of our bowlers Yasmina Hassan and Rebecca Faye were in the final selection for the under 18 England Team. And to Stephanie Crates this would have been her last year with the Under 31’s. One of our bowlers Rose Leach has had a little baby boy, Oliver, so congratulations from all the Team.  All I can say is keep safe and let’s hope we resume the bowling season soon.
SCBA Leopard Award nominations, date for applications extended to 31st May 2020. Forms available from SCBA Secretary John Tucker.
Do you want something to do over this summer?
How about a bowls related activity that you can carry out even whilst in isolation?
Why not start training to become an Umpire?
You can carry out the first part of the process at home with our Home Study Manual and then when this horrible virus is over, and things return to normal, we will be running workshops where you can qualify as an Umpire.
You can hone your measuring skills on your own back garden lawn or on the lounge carpet.  All you will need is a couple of bowls and a measure.  For a jack you could use a tennis ball or even an orange.
Ken will be running a short course on the practical side of umpiring just as soon as the virus situation has cleared up and we can get onto a green together without worrying about social distancing.
For further details please contact Ken Bickley or look at www.ebua.org.uk/training.html
For further details please contact Ken – ken.bickley@btinternet.com or 01483 455235
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Bowls Surrey have sent out 2 emails in the past couple of weeks in an attempt to give out the answers to questions that are being asked by a lot of people.  I have included them in the newsletter as I feel it is important that as many people read these as possible.

Email Dated 20.03.2020
Q.  Do we have to close?
A. The government has not at this time said you must, however it has stated that we should not make unnecessary journeys, frequent Clubs, or have any large gatherings.
Q. How long will it last?
A. Nobody knows. However, you will have seen from the Bowls Surrey statement earlier, that we will be reviewing the situation on 2nd June. You may wish to do a similar thing, to give your members hope.
Q. What do we do about Club Subscriptions?
A. As you know both Bowls England and Bowls Surrey are refunding the Affiliation fees, we trust this will be taken into consideration when you are determining what to charge your members. Obviously, there will still be running costs, so each Club must do what it thinks is right & fair.
Q. With the affiliation fees being refunded, are we still affiliated with BE & Surrey?
A. Yes.
Q. Sutton Winson Insurance. Are we still insured?
A. Sutton Winson have confirmed that they will honour the Bowls England Civil Liability Insurance scheme for the 2020 season.  If you are not with Sutton Winson we advise to check that you are covered.
Q. Will Surrey Comps take place this year?
A. No, Competition entry fees (excluding Champion of Champions), are being returned. Players will have to enter afresh for 2021. With regard to Champion of Champions, both male and female winners of the Club Championship 2019, will automatically be entered in to the SCBA and SCWBA Champion of Champions for 2021. Entry fees submitted for this competition will be held over.
Q. What will happen to the Anniversary games?
A. If the situation arises that we are able to open the Clubs and play, we will endeavour to fit the games in this year, if unable to do this, the Clubs will have the opportunity to celebrate in 2021.
Q. What is the situation with Council greens?
A. Bowls England are making enquiries currently, however our suggestion would be that you contact your Local Councils, as they all work differently, to see if they have made any decisions. It could be some time before BE get a definitive answer.

Email Dated 27.03.2020
Q. Can we still maintain our greens?
A. Bowls England are hoping to publish guidelines from the Greenkeepers Association next week. The Golf Association has already issued strict guidelines, I have sent a copy to BE.
Q. Are Councils going to maintain the greens?
A. Despite many phone calls and emails, I have not managed to get a clear response, they keep saying they will get back to me, but never do. I will keep trying.
Q. Will the Clubs be offered financial help, by Bowls England?
A. Bowl England are in talks with the EIBA and hope to put out a joint statement next week.
Q. When will the affiliation & Competition fees be paid back to the Clubs?
A. As soon as we get the money back from Bowls England.
Please note: Surrey Champion of Champion entry fees WILL NOT be returned as the entries will remain unchanged.
Q. Will the AGM take place in November?
A. Yes, unless the Virus is still with us.
Q. Are the, Top Four, Walter Cross & Combined Areas v U25 cancelled?
A. Yes.

As information becomes available Bowls Surrey will endeavour to keep the clubs informed.  There will be a review on 2 June 2020.

NEWSLETTER – Page 2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Bowls Surrey have sent out 2 emails in the past couple of weeks in an attempt to give out the answers to questions that are being asked by a lot of people. I have included them in the newsletter as I feel it is important that as many people read these as possible.
Email Dated 20.03.2020 Q. Do we have to close? A. The government has not at this time said you must, however it has stated that we should not make unnecessary journeys, frequent Clubs, or have any large gatherings. Q. How long will it last? A. Nobody knows. However, you will have seen from the Bowls Surrey statement earlier, that we will be reviewing the situation on 2nd June. You may wish to do a similar thing, to give your members hope. Q. What do we do about Club Subscriptions? A. As you know both Bowls England and Bowls Surrey are refunding the Affiliation fees, we trust this will be taken into consideration when you are determining what to charge your members. Obviously, there will still be running costs, so each Club must do what it thinks is right & fair. Q. With the affiliation fees being refunded, are we still affiliated with BE & Surrey? A. Yes. Q. Sutton Winson Insurance. Are we still insured? A. Sutton Winson have confirmed that they will honour the Bowls England Civil Liability Insurance scheme for the 2020 season. If you are not with Sutton Winson we advise to check that you are covered. Q. Will Surrey Comps take place this year? A. No, Competition entry fees (excluding Champion of Champions), are being returned. Players will have to enter afresh for 2021. With regard to Champion of Champions, both male and female winners of the Club Championship 2019, will automatically be entered in to the SCBA and SCWBA Champion of Champions for 2021. Entry fees submitted for this competition will be held over. Q. What will happen to the Anniversary games? A. If the situation arises that we are able to open the Clubs and play, we will endeavour to fit the games in this year, if unable to do this, the Clubs will have the opportunity to celebrate in 2021. Q. What is the situation with Council greens? A. Bowls England are making enquiries currently, however our suggestion would be that you contact your Local Councils, as they all work differently, to see if they have made any decisions. It could be some time before BE get a definitive answer.
Email Dated 27.03.2020 Q. Can we still maintain our greens? A. Bowls England are hoping to publish guidelines from the Greenkeepers Association next week. The Golf Association has already issued strict guidelines, I have sent a copy to BE. Q. Are Councils going to maintain the greens? A. Despite many phone calls and emails, I have not managed to get a clear response, they keep saying they will get back to me, but never do. I will keep trying. Q. Will the Clubs be offered financial help, by Bowls England? A. Bowl England are in talks with the EIBA and hope to put out a joint statement next week. Q. When will the affiliation & Competition fees be paid back to the Clubs? A. As soon as we get the money back from Bowls England. Please note: Surrey Champion of Champion entry fees WILL NOT be returned as the entries will remain unchanged. Q. Will the AGM take place in November? A. Yes, unless the Virus is still with us. Q. Are the, Top Four, Walter Cross & Combined Areas v U25 cancelled? A. Yes.
As information becomes available Bowls Surrey will endeavour to keep the clubs informed. There will be a review on 2 June 2020.

CORONAVIRUS – STATEMENT TO REDHILL BOWLING CLUB MEMBERS

The Directors of Redhill Bowling Club (RBC), in conjunction with the Club Captains and Green Team, have discussed this difficult situation and next steps to be taken. We have taken into account the Government coronavirus restrictions including those announced on 23rd March 2020.

It has been decided that the green and clubhouse will not be opened to members until further notice, and members are requested not to visit the club until they are advised otherwise. The Green Team under Ken Jupp’s management will endeavour to conduct minimum maintenance observing social distancing criteria.

Subscription income is a vital revenue source for RBC. As our Overhead costs do not cease, we are seeking some payment from members to help ensure the club’s viability. This is in accordance with Bowls England and Surrey County BA advice. This is entirely voluntary, and we ask members to make some contribution. 50% of the subscription fee appropriate to your membership type (Junior, Playing or Social) is suggested – but it can be less or more. Anything given in excess of 50% of the subscription fee will be most welcome and will be deemed a donation attracting Gift Aid. No century club entry or club/county competition fees are to be collected.

For members who have already paid their subscription their cheques will not be banked and will be returned when possible to do so. Unless you wish to pay this amount as a subscription and donation please send a replacement cheque made payable to Redhill Bowling Club to Gill Jarrett, 23 Windemere Way, Reigate RH2 0LW for any contribution you wish to make. Alternatively our BACS payment details can be provided upon request.  Any cash payments made will be returned in full less any voluntary subscription and donation contribution you wish to make.

We sincerely hope that our next update will be more positive and we can look forward to our members enjoying our excellent green once again.

Any Green Team queries please to Ken Jupp, other queries please to John Davison or by e-mail to enquiries@redhillbowlingclub.co.uk

PAUL EALES

Chair of Directors, Redhill Bowling Club                                 27th March 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Get Together planned for 26th March has been cancelled.

The RBC Directors will instead hold an online meeting this evening which will include the Club Captains and the Green Team. A further update will follow.

 

SHORT MAT – CATS LEAGUE

Today would have been the final round of the league prior to the play offs if Corvid-19 had not hit us. Here are the standings when the league was terminated. Like Liverpool FC the Lions only lost one match and were clearly heading for the title.

MESSAGE FROM BOWLS ENGLAND FORWARDED BY BOWLS SURREY

Circulation: County Administrators/Media

Copy to: Board/Staff/Presidential Team/Past Presidents/Life Members/Honorary Members/Team Managers/Selectors/County Authorised Representatives/Friends/Umpires/EIBA/BDA

 

Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread?.

 

That’s the message from Bowls England to its members and clubs in response to the latest Government guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Bowls England last week announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season including its National Championships, and now wishes to ensure that members and clubs play their part.

 

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: ?Understandably Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. Within the past week we have made decisions regarding our events that would have been unimaginable only a month ago. However, from the enquiries we continue to receive there is clearly still some confusion within our membership as to whether they can continue to participate in the sport of lawn bowls at club level during this period.

 

?At this stage, we must urge our members to follow the Government?s latest guidance, which clearly asks every person within society to stay at home if at all possible to help to stop this disease from spreading ? and this is an appeal to everyone, not just those aged over 70 or the 1.5 million of the most at-risk people who have been told that they should stay at home for 12 weeks.

 

?Again, we encourage our members to keep an eye out for everyone within the bowls community during this time, for example by maintaining contact and undertaking shopping for those who are isolated, with special thought for those members who may live on their own. A telephone call, e?mail or Skype to another member of the bowls community will, I am sure, be welcomed at this time. We are also in the process of producing a ?Bowlers? Workout? in order to keep members fit and active during isolation and/or working from home, so we?re all ready to play when bowling resumes. We would also encourage members to support their club financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions in order that the clubs will be there for them when we are able to resume bowling.?

 

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks and working on a number of initiatives including club recruitment and a potential ?Festival of Bowls?, which will be subject to Government guidance.

 

Note to County Administrators: Please circulate widely within your respective networks

 

 

Alistair Hollis

Operational Services Manager

BOWLS ENGLAND FAQ’s ISSUED TODAY

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Issue 1)

Understandably, Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days.

We have produced this ‘FAQ’ document in response to the first wave of enquiries, which have been similar in their nature. It will continue to be updated as we deal with this ever‐changing situation. Should you have an enquiry that is not covered within this document, in accordance with Government guidance the Bowls England staff team is working remotely and we ask that you use electronic communication (preferably e‐mail) in order that enquiries can be forwarded to the appropriate member of staff. Please use contact form at: www.bowlsengland.com/contact

ADVICE FOR INDIVIDUALS

How can we support our club’s members?
We are encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other i.e. shopping/contact etc especially those members who may live on their own. A telephone call, e‐mail or Skype to another member of the bowls community will, I am sure, be welcomed at this time. Bowls England is producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members fit and active during isolation and/or working from home, so we’re all ready to play when bowling resumes.

How can I support my club?
We are encouraging members to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – in order that the clubs will be there for them when we are able to resume bowling.

ADVICE FOR CLUBS

Will our affiliation fees be refunded?
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 refund monies to the County Associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs. Please note that this process will take a number of weeks due to restrictions on the amount that can be paid by Bowls England each working day.

Will my club be insured for the 2020 season, given that Bowls England is refunding affiliation fees? Bowls England’s insurers Sutton Winson has confirmed that it will honour the Civil Liability Insurance for all clubs that originally affiliated for the 2020 season and have purchased their insurance through Sutton Winson. Clubs who arrange their Civil Liability Insurance through another provider must ensure that their policy covers them. As a duty of care to our members, Bowls England urges all clubs, county associations and associate members to ensure that their insurance needs are fully in place for the 2020 season. To arrange insurance via Sutton Winson please contact: Claire.Weston@swib.co.uk

When can we open our club?
We are seeking clarification in accordance with Government guidance and will update our members when more information is available. This will include any guidance on casual play.

What support is available for our club?
We are currently looking at potential funding that may be available to our affiliated clubs and we will circulate relevant information when it is received. In the meantime, we encourage all clubs to support Sport England in their request for further information on the potential impact of COVID‐19. More information may be found at: www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus‐information‐sector

We are also working with our key partners to produce further advice and guidance for clubs for the summer and beyond.

In the event that we cancel our scheduled tournament this year, can our Tournament Licence be carried forward to 2021?
Yes, please advise us as soon as possible.

Should we continue to maintain our clubs and greens?
Bowls England intends to provide advice to clubs on the minimum maintenance that is required to maintain greens so they are playable when we resume bowling. We advise that you ensure your clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume.

For any enquiries regarding Greens Maintenance, e‐mail: greens@bowlsengland.com with details of the situation and any photographs if possible. This will then be forwarded to our professional advisor.
You can also use the online submission form at: https://www.bowlsengland.com/greens-advisory-service/

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

What will happen to the Bowls England National Finals?
The Bowls England National Finals will not be held, as most qualifying rounds leading to the National Finals begin in early May to July and we believe it is impractical for these to be completed in all areas this season. Subject to any restrictions that may or may not be in place later in the season, Bowls England will seek to organise a ‘Festival of Bowls’ in August/September.

What happens to my National Competition entries?
Bowls England will contact all those who have entered in 2020 directly to confirm that they wish to roll over their entry to 2021 (refunds will be available on request).

What happens to National Championship entries?
We will refund all entry fees to county associations, who will then discuss directly with entrants.

What will happen with entries in the National Champion of Champions?
All those who had entered in 2020 will be eligible to participate in 2021. Should play be possible later in the season and clubs have opportunity to organise qualifying events, any additional club champions (from the same club) will be permitted to enter in 2021.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Are international events going ahead?
The British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council made the announcement below regarding the 2020 programme:

The following events have been cancelled with immediate effect:

BIBC Senior International Series and Championships (Llandrindod Wells, Wales, from 25th to 28th June inclusive)
BIWBC Senior International Series and Championships (Royal Leamington Spa, England, from 12th to 16th June inclusive)
BIWBC Junior International Series and Championships (Llandrindod Wells, Wales, on 18th and 19th July)
It has been further agreed:

To seek alternative arrangements for the respective Junior and Senior Championships to be played at a later date (either in 2020 or 2021);
That a decision regarding the BIBC Junior International Series due to be held in Ayr, Scotland, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September will be made at a later date and communicated to players and officials at the earliest opportunity
The World Bowls Championships due to be held in Australia in May have been postponed until further notice.

ASSOCIATED BOWLS BODIES

I am booked on to a Coach Bowls course, will this being going ahead?
Coach Bowls has postponed all courses until further notice. Bowls England will consult with the English Indoor Bowling Association regarding when Coach Bowls activity should resume. For all of the latest updates, please visit: www.coachbowls.org

Our club applied for a Play Bowls package via the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA). What happens with this?
The BDA has postponed all funding for events planned until the end of April 2020. To ensure that clubs are not disadvantaged, clubs will be able to e‐mail in to packages@playbowls.org with re‐arranged dates once the advice from relevant bodies is changed. The BDA has removed the package window closing date and will be leaving it open through the year. For all of the latest news from the BDA visit: www.playbowls.org

SURREY COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION BENEVOLENT FUND

Message from SCBA dated  21st March 2020

The Trustees of the SCBA Benevolent Fund are very aware that we are moving into very difficult and unknown times which can cause sudden and extreme hardship.

The Benevolent Fund is a charitable fund which exists solely to help Surrey Bowlers (who are or have been affiliated members of the Surrey County Bowling Association) and/or their dependents who from age, illness, infirmity or any other cause are impoverished or in difficult financial circumstances.

If you are in this situation or know of anyone who fits this criteria, please contact one of the four trustees whose details are below. All applications are treated with confidence by The Trustees.

Please send either by post or email all relevant details to support your application to one of the following:

Roger Rashleigh                                                           Andrew Boarer
66b, Bracken Path                                                         20, Choir Green,
Epsom. KT18 7SZ                                                         Knaphill
rogerrashleigh@yahoo.co.uk                                         Woking GU21 2NQ
a.boarer@btinternet.com
Tony Bourne
8 Sixth Avenue                                                              Edward Dear
Holly Lodge                                                                  34, Rickwood Park,
Lower Kingswood                                                          Beare Green,
Tamworth                                                                     Dorking RH5 4PP
KT20 6SN                                                                     edwarddear64@gmail.com
bourne1943@gmail.com

Roger Rashleigh
(Hon. Secretary)

CORONAVIRUS – BOWLS SURREY FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Dear Club Contact,

 

Bowls Surrey, have been asked to give some guidance to Clubs.

Can we please state, that in no way are we dictating to Clubs what they should do.

The following are suggestions & actions you may wish to consider. In addition, there is confirmation of some of the decisions already made.

 

  1. QDo we have to close?
  2. The government has not at this time said you must, however it has stated that we should not make unnecessary journeys, frequent Clubs, or have any large gatherings.

 

  1. How long will it last?
  2. Nobody knows. However, you will have seen from the Bowls Surrey statement earlier, that we will be reviewing the situation on 2nd June. You may wish to do a similar thing, to give your members hope.

 

  1. What do we do about Club Subscriptions?
  2. As you know both Bowls England and Bowls Surrey are refunding the Affiliation fees, we trust this will be taken into consideration when you are determining what to charge your members. Obviously, there will still be running costs, so each Club must do what it thinks is right & fair.

 

  1. With the affiliation fees being refunded, are we still affiliated with BE & Surrey?
  2. Yes.

 

  1. Sutton Winson Insurance. Are we still insured?
  2. Sutton Winson have confirmed that they will honour the Bowls England Civil Liability Insurance scheme for the 2020 season. If you are not with Sutton Winson we advise to check that you are covered.

 

  1. Will Surrey Comps take place this year?
  2. No, Competition entry fees (excluding Champion of Champions), are being returned. Players will have to enter afresh for 2021. With regard to Champion of Champions, both male and female winners of the Club Championship 2019, will automatically be entered in to the SCBA and SCWBA Champion of Champions for 2021. Entry fees submitted for this competition will be held over.

 

 

  1. What will happen to the Anniversary games?
  2. If the situation arises that we are able to open the Clubs and play, we will endeavour to fit the games in this year, if unable to do this, the Clubs will have the opportunity to celebrate in 2021.

 

  1. What is the situation with Council greens?
  2. Bowls England are making enquiries currently, however our suggestion would be that you contact your Local Councils, as they all work differently, to see if they have made any decisions. It could be some time before BE get a definitive answer.

 

As stated, as information becomes available, Bowls Surrey will continue to keep the clubs informed.  There will be a review on 2 June 2020.

DONYNGS IBC LEAGUES

With DIBC closure this week due to CV-19 the outdoor club’s leagues finished as follows:
Colin Hibbs – RBC were in 3rd place having plated one match less than the 2nd team
OCL – RBC Redskins were in 4th place on equal points with the 2 teams above.
Well done to all who have represented RBC in these 2 leagues and to Roy Wren for the organisation.