Green Opening for 2021 Season

Following the Governments’ publication of a 4 step plan to emerge from Covid19 lockdown the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) has provided guidelines under which affiliated clubs can return to play bowls.

The green will open for play on Saturday 10th April 2021

All members will have received a communication from our chairman Les Mason with information on the conditions under which the club can open, current financial position, and the renewal of memberships for 2021.

Summary of the rules of play:

    • Two forms of play are permitted
      • Organised sport including, District and County Leagues involving affiliated clubs only, and internal club events or organised sessions for club members
      • Informal or self-organised play
    • Whilst organised sport removes the restriction on legal gathering limits during participation, the club must consider the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely in accordance with Covid social distancing guidelines. Only those involved in the match are permitted at the green.
    • Informal or self-organised sport is not covered by any exemptions. The rule of six applies and members must book a playing session through our website booking system
    • The PBC Rules of Play issued in June last year are still relevant for general Covid19 compliant advice on hygiene, use of equipment and social distancing.

The committee will continue to monitor Government and BCGBA guidance and ease restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

Booking system

The booking system is currently being edited for the new season and will be available in the next couple of days

Bowling Green

It has been a challenging winter for green maintenance. The prolonged periods of wet/damp and mild weather meant the surface remained very soft and created conditions which resulted in a severe outbreak of Fusarium and the ingress of moss in the bare patches caused by the disease. The green has been scarified and seeded, augmented by hand seeding in the worst of the patches, to get the green in the best possible condition for play. Our hope is that we get some warmth into the ground over the next few weeks to boost seed germination and growth.

Overall, you may experience bumpiness in some places across the green until the scarring has grown in, but nothing that should throw bowls off line. Most of the corners are growing in well and should be fit for play in the next few weeks.

The summer maintenance program has been amended and the budget reduced in response to the financial situation. A slow release granular fertiliser has been chosen for the summer season and it will be spread and watered in at a time which causes minimal disruption to playing conditions.

We hope an improving Covid situation will allow us all to enjoy a full season of bowling.

 

2 comments

  1. Jude Good says:

    So does this mean that there will not be any social bowling on Saturdays?
    This was left open on the e-mail announcement to be followed with a further update.

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