ISLIP BOWLS CLUB

Founded in 1921

Spring Update

We hope that you are all well and have had, at least, your first Covid vaccination.

The Committee are pleased to inform you that they met for the first time in over a year on 31st March, to discuss amongst many things, how Islip Bowls Club is to safely Return to Play.

Following the guidance of Bowls England, we have carried out a risk assessment at the club and have a plan of action with cleaning protocols in place. We hope that this will reassure all our members that they are able to return to play safely and with confidence.

A separate information sheet will be sent explaining our new guidelines for you to follow when you visit the Bowling Club. They are all really common sense, but if everyone is aware of the rules it will help things run smoothly.

These guidelines will stay in place until we hear any further news from Bowls England and then hopefully on 21st June all restrictions will be lifted nationwide if things go to plan.

We are not able to have a Membership Night due to current restrictions. See below for details of the start of the season. Subscription forms will be sent by email or post shortly.

Dates for your Diary – hooray – at last!!!

Subscription forms After much discussion, it was decided that 21-22 Subscription fees remain £40 as the club will have a much-reduced income this year and outgoings have remained the same throughout 20-21. We hope you will support us in this decision. Forms need to be filled in and returned to June Holland -Treasurer- with payment please. Cheques made payable to Islip Bowls Club by 14th Apr June’s address is 39, Byron Crescent, Rushden, Northants. NN10 6Bl

Make A Difference DaySaturday 17th Apr from 11am We thought it would be great to get Islip Bowls Club Centenary Year going with a socially distanced get together. You are invited to come and meet people you may not have seen for a long while and at the same time help with a list of jobs that need doing to spruce up the Club and get it ready for play.

We plan to work in socially distanced teams on activities such as gardening, weeding, painting the men’s changing rooms, sorting items for Islip Garage Sale on 24th Mar, Covid cleaning the Clubhouse kitchen. If you are able to give a little time please contact Sharon Cole- new Secretary on 01832 732024 or email sharon.cole9@btinternet.com indicating which activity you would be interested in. Please bring your own gloves, gardening tools, hand sanitiser and refreshments as sadly, we are not able to provide refreshments due to Covid restrictions.

Greens Open on Sunday 25th April

Roger and Robert have been working hard all year on the green and the whole site. Islip Bowls Club is looking very smart. We hope that you will be impressed and look forward to seeing you there. Rules state that we will have to restrict play to 18 people. Please contact Pete Saddington on 01832 735170/ 07784737705 or David Gray at gcastrong@btinternet.com if you would like to play.

Thereafter, we aim to be open on Monday,Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Again, contact Pete or David if you wish to play as they will be organising the rinks. It is important you let us know in advance, as we also have to ensure that cleaning routines have taken place before each session if there are people wanting to play. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Competitions We aim to play our first match with Stanwick on Thur 13th May Away Please contact Pete or David if you are interested.

National Bowls Open Weekend – Islip Bowling Club will be taking part in this National event to encourage people to take up the fun game of bowls. The Club will be open on Sunday 30th May 2-5pm. If you know of anyone who is interested in trying bowls for the first time or taking it up again after a break- please encourage them to attend on the 30th.

They will receive a friendly, enthusiastic and Covid safe welcome. Sanitised equipment will be provided. Just ask them to turn up in flat shoes. Our postcode is NN14 3JS. They will need to call/email Pete or David at the above contacts if they are interested.

Well, lots to look forward too! Please read the Covid guidelines carefully and we can all enjoy a Return to Bowls in a relaxed and safe way. If you have any queries or concerns please contact one of the Committee and we will do our best to help. See you on the greens!

With very best wishes from Islip Bowling Club Committee

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