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The Holt Bowls Club Australian Pairs Tournament

The Holt Bowls Club Australian Pairs Tournament

Saturday 21st August

The popular Holt Triples Gala day is back and this time we are re-inventing it as a 2-bowl triples with a new format to celebrate our 100th year as a bowls club.

In the hope that the proposed roadmap, for a full return to sport continues, we are planning to host the competition on Saturday 21st August. While it’s unclear what restrictions, if any, will be in place at this time regarding social distancing and the appropriateness of providing catering, we are 100% committed to running the event and will ensure that we take precautions to be in line with any safety guidelines at the time.

There will be space for 24 triples, with 6 groups of 4 teams. Each game will be 7 ends (45 minute time limit) and there will be an additional plate competition for 4 group runners-ups, with the chance to win prize money.

As usual, the bar will be open all day (running to guidelines at the time), with unlimited tea, coffee and snacks inclusive of the entry fee, along with a bacon roll on arrival. There will also be a BBQ and a raffle on the day. Through the afternoon, the popular ‘target bowls’ competition will run, with a chance to win 50% of the prize pot at the end of the day.

A prize fund of £720, with £375 to the winners.

Details on current entries, the format and schedule will be updated here and via our social media pages, before the event.

Entry form can be found at the link below

http://www.holtbowls.co.uk/holt_gala_day

For any further information, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required

A message of thanks to Chippenham Park BC

Dear Sirs,

Last Saturday my wife and I were in Chippenham for the weekend in our Motorhome, walking through the park we saw your event and asked if we could give it a go, which we did.

Our “coach” was George the bar manager, who was an excellent coach.

We both agree that everyone at the club made us feel very welcome, even though we were not from Chippenham, your club has now encouraged us to try one of the two local clubs here in Droitwich (one of the people who sat down next to us for a conversation said to try a number of clubs), and who knows, one day we may even play each other.

Thank you for your hospitality and good luck for the future.

Best regards

Lisa & Steve Wilkinson

Malmesbury have successful Open Day

The day started early for Malmesbury Bowls and Social club by having a table outside our local Waitrose and Co-Op stores. Enthusiastic members talked to the morning shoppers to encourage and direct people to the bowls club, distributing information about our open day alongside leaflets supplied by Bowls England.

Rinks were set up with traditional mats and jacks, various bowls related fun exercises and also Short Mat facilities, supplied and staffed by members from Crudwell.

Malmesbury club members and visitors arrived to enjoy the bowling experiences. Balloons and bright sunshine helped to provide a carnival atmosphere.

By early afternoon all the rinks were full with people from 8 to 86 having a go. Membership forms were distributed and we look forward to their return!

Blue Circle report from their Open Days

Blue Circle held a very successful Open Day on Sunday  between 2pm to 5 pm.

They had 14 attendees, 2 of which have signed up for full membership, and another 10 are going to come along to our taster/coaching sessions.

They didn’t have many on Monday, although 3 that came Sunday came back for another go and one signed up as a Full Member.

Karen also advised that several people had contact that were not available to call in at the  weekend, due to other commitments, but they may come along to our taster sessions over the next few weeks.

The Club was very pleased with the response they got this year and the feedback they received from those who attended.

You may have noticed, they didn’t have a single jack out on the green, just some fun objects to bowls to.

 

Report from Downton BC

Mike Hallam quotes “We had a very good Open Weekend and 15 turned up. One man arrived with his 10-year-old daughter. Reminds me of Kevin Cousins who started slightly earlier. A photo attached of the newcomers and our coaches”.

Haydon Wicks Spring Report

Well what a Spring we have endured, not only the Covid restrictions but this awful weather. I have been known to have 5 layers on when bowling! Yes we have begun bowling within the club. Dave Longhurst, our President has worked very hard getting up a Covid Singles competition, pairs competition and league competition for all of us who wanted to get back out there on the green. And, apart from the weather, it has been fabulous, almost back to normal, normal will happen when the clubhouse is fully opened along with the bar! Fingers crossed for the end of June to be fully open, playing against other clubs in both league and friendly games.

Not only has the Covid pandemic been very difficult and challenging for our members, but it has also been the biggest financial challenge the club has faced in our 28 year history. We have had all the costs associated with maintaining the bowling green and clubhouse without any income from membership fees, competition fees and social events. During the pandemic Sports England recognised how Coronavirus has hit sport and physical activity sector hard, so they modified their funding streams to help people safely return to play. We successfully applied for and received funding from Sports England under their ‘Return to Play: Small Grants’ fund. Our funds are being used in three ways, 1) support the running costs of the club, 2) to provide social distancing and hygiene measures for the safety of our members and guests, 3) to increase the quantity of our communal and disabled bowling equipment so we no longer have to share equipment during bowls games.  So a big thank you to Sports England for their support and a big thank you to our Treasurer Paul Horton for all the hard work he has put in to obtain these grants for us.

For those who are on Facebook and are signed up to the Haydon Wick Community page and for those who have read the notices on the Parish notice board you may remember reading about the Bowls Open Day we held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday Sunday as part of the Bowls Big Weekend  by Bowls England. The weather was fabulous and we were so pleased to have about 40 people through the gates, feedback was good, some took away application forms and some said they would be back to the Monday night coaching sessions. We are always on the lookout for new members. What was special this year is that encouraged by the parish council Young People initiative, we had quite a few children and youngsters through the gates – Bowls is not an old people’s sport (look at the champions, under 30!) tho I have to say it’s the older folk who have more time to play.

I would like to take the opportunity to tell you about facilities available for Disabled Bowlers, one of our coaches Nigel Morgan is heavily involved in this. There is a Facebook group called Swindon Manor Disabled Bowls which is open to anyone interested in Indoor and Outdoor Bowling. During the outdoor season the group meets at Stratton Churchway or Haydon Wick Bowls Clubs on Saturday mornings at either 10am or 11am respectively. The group welcomes existing and new bowlers and has a breadth of impairments from sight, hearing, physical or mental. There are five Coaches that are qualified and insured and have received training for an inclusive training experience. If you are interested then there are 2 options to make contact, either on Facebook by searching Swindon Manor Disabled Bowls or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Haydon Wick Bowls Club is supporting the current English Visually Impaired B1 (totally blind) Champion in training for his National championship and will be working with one of our Coaches, Nigel Morgan, who is also Keith’s helper when competing . Nigel is also the current Visually Impaired International Squad Coach. We wish them both good wishes in defending their current title.

At Haydon Wick Bowls Club free coaching is available on Monday evenings from 6pm to 8pm except for Bank Holidays. Open to all age groups from 9 to 99! I know I tell you about this in nearly every article but we always like to have new members joining us.

I do hope that by the time you read this the restrictions will have been fully lifted and we have all settled back into our usual way of living, of enjoying bowls, holidays, being with friends and families and that we never have to go through anything like the last 18 months again.

Olwen Johnson, Haydon Wick Bowls Club member

 

 

 

Successful Open Day at Haydon Wick BC

A great turn-out with about 40 people coming through the gates. Most gave great feedback and mentioned a probability of returning at some point.
A good demographic mix with 4 or 5 of the seniors taking application forms away to fill in and 6 or 7 others intend to return on our Monday evening free coaching sessions.

 

Spencer Melksham have a successful Open Day

 

The sun shone and members of Spencer Melksham Bowls Club waited patiently for people to arrive. We were not disappointed. From 10.45am we had a steady trickle of people who we were able to accommodate in pairs. Club members supported us by helping on the rink, serving refreshments or simply by ” being present” to help present a positive impression of our club. The rink and surroundings looked great in the sunshine and those who attended were full of praise for what we had provided . We had 21 people attend and we are hoping to see many return for the free roll ups we have extended an invitation for the next 6 weeks.