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18TH MARCH 2020

 

BREAKING NEWS

 

All bowling activities are cancelled forthwith and until further notice, this includes the Isle of Wight tour.

 

 

Draft proposal for the Committee at Burford Town Bowls Club

 

In relation to the current and future situation regarding  Coronavirus (Covid- 19)

Our primary concern is for the safety and health of our members through the current crisis and we recognise that many of our members and friends within the bowling community are in the “more vulnerable group”.   As a result:

All bowling activities will be suspended from (the date of agreement) until further notice.

The clubhouse will be closed from Sunday 22 March at 1800 hrs, after allowing members to retrieve any personal property from the changing rooms. They will need to contact a committee member to provide access before then.

The club will continue to arrange essential maintenance for the clubhouse and the greenkeeper will make arrangements to safeguard the bowling green and conduct minimal necessary maintenance on the green so that playing could restart relatively quickly when the all clear is given. Guidance is expected shortly from Bowls England on what steps are needed for a minimal level of maintenance to protect the green.

Apart from the necessary clubhouse and green maintenance, no further expenditure will be undertaken from our account.

We are already aware that no county league games, competitions etc will occur this year, but we have an agreed programme of friendly games organised. These will be cancelled up to 1 July and clubs notified as soon as possible. We will review the rest of the programme during the first week in June, to determine whether any matches after 1 July are capable of being played. We must accept that if any opposing club cancels any matches against us after1 July, then the match will not occur this year. Internal club competitions are all cancelled for the upcoming season

As Treasurer, I would recommend we do not ask people to join this year and members should not have to pay a subscription, as our bank account is better off than most clubs and should be able to cope with expenditure outlined in this proposal.

Bowls England and as a result, Bowls Oxfordshire will refund all affiliation fees and competition fees paid for the coming season, but instead we have an option to let everything roll over to next year. I recommend we take this option and merely seek reimbursement if a player clearly cannot participate next year for whatever reason. 

The bar manager is authorised to sell off any bar stock at cost price, which is within 3 months of it’s “best by date”. This will remain the case until a decision to reopen is made.

The website will become our primary method of providing information to members, with Roger’s assistance. Letters providing the same information will be sent to existing members that are known to not use a computer. The same will apply to committee members that don’t have Email, whilst decisions are needed to manage the period of suspension.

 

 

Finally, we should be mindful of our bowling friends’ personal situations and the effects of self isolation, loneliness or restrictions placed on travel.  Members are encouraged to support their friends if difficulties are encountered and keep an eye out to ensure their essential needs are met.