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2020 AGM

Due to the Covid 19 situation, the AGM which was due to be held in October 2020 has been postponed to a provisional date of Saturday March 20th 2021 at 10am in the clubhouse, when the accounts for the 2019/2020 year will be made available to all members. Should anyone with to see a copy of the accounts for last year before that date, please contact our treasurer.

Activities at the club

There is a bit of clearing up to do after the torrential rain last week washed a lot of material off the car park, so if you can help, it will probably be done at the next Tuesday morning maintenance session.

The Round Robin singles competition has now been completed. It went very well, keeping 24 members bowling at least once a week. The winner was Peter Dunkley, with Bob Tame as runner up. We also had a Silver final between Alan Drayton and Graham Dowell which was won by Graham, and a plate final between Barry Hodges and Paul Stretton won by Paul Stretton

We are now playing pairs games on a Thursday morning. Players should use booking system to advise if they will be attending and pairs are drawn on the day. No changes are required to the Rink booking system, it seems to be working very well. (Booking by phone, 9am until 11am daily) Play takes place on morning’s only between 10 o’clock and 12.30. Except Tuesdays. (Work party) and Wednesdays when we now have stewards available for morning and afternoon sessions if anyone books one.

We can allow a few spectators from now on, so if you want to come and see the green/watch the games you may. We will allow up to 30 people on the premises including players. All names & telephone numbers will be recorded on our daily attendance file. The steward will ensure social distancing takes place. The green is open to spectators daily except Tuesday from 10am to 12:30 (while games and roll ups are scheduled). Thursday mornings are when the Pairs games are being played, on most other mornings there may be someone rolling up, although we can't guarantee this.

The Clubhouse and toilets remain closed. Further information about the rules for the roll up sessions have been sent to members by email and are posted in our (Members Only) Facebook group. Members who do not use internet were advised by phone or post.

Friendly games

Colin, our fixture secretary, has been offered a number of friendly games, and we played the first one at Paignton Torbay on Monday 28th July and the second at Kings on August 3rd. Further details are on the Fixtures page and in 'Members Only' Facebook Group. Members can state their availability by visiting the club during the opening hours or commenting on our Facebook page.

Club Top Gate

Slow sign, for ramp at entrance gate

The club and car park was closed from Friday 13th March until Thursday 19th March for Maintenance work at the top gateway. This has resulted in there being a larger hump than usual at top gate so take care if you are driving a vehicle into the club car park.

Club and grounds Maintenance

Throughout the government 'lockdown', work which was considered essential continued, with a few willing volunteers attending the Tuesday morning club maintenance sessions, taking care to 'Socially distance' and wash hands as required. Speak to Paul or Allan if you wish to help. If you cannot manage a Tuesday morning, Paul is quite willing to attend with you on other days where he will find jobs that needs to be done which you can help with.

The Grass around the Marquee, and the hedges continue to grow and needs to be kept under control, together with other maintenance work to keep the club in good order. Paul is continuing to manage the green. The green is now being bowled on, but the enforced break at start of season gave Paul more time to resolve issues with fusarium. He has re-seeded part of the green, and has had time to let the seed germinate and grow. We received advice from Bowls England on the best way to have the green ready for bowling when the current situation has passed and Paul took this into account as he maintained our green.

TLH Indoor League 2020 / 2021 season

I have received this information from Sarah at TLH which may be of interest to some members:-

If there is interest, I would still like to run the winter league this season but as a triples league, instead of fours. The nights of the week would be determined by entrants but it would still be the evenings at 7pm. Please can you let me know if you would still like to play by Wednesday 30th September.

Monday pairs league

I am also looking at introducing a Monday pairs league from October – December. The times will be determined by how much interest there is. Please let me know if this is something you may be interested in and it will be a first come, first served basis. There will be minimal prize money available.

Bowling events

The Round Robin Singles competition has now finished, there are further details on the Competitions page of this site. 24 members were involved. 21 men & 3 ladies. A pairs event also started recently and continues on a weekly basis on a Thursday morning, and a club triples event is planned for 18th September. Further details available on our Members Facebook Page or from Fixture Sec. Colin Whiley. We are still open 5 mornings each week (and one afternoon) for pre booked roll ups. While the club is open, members may visit to ask Steward to put their names on availability sheets for the friendly games advertised on the fixtures page and on Facebook.

Members are not permitted on the green unless they have pre-booked a session or have a round robin or pairs game or are carrying out essential maintenance. A limited number of Spectators are now allowed on site, so long as they obey the rules on social distancing and report to the Steward who will take names and phone numbers, so we have a record of everyone who has visited the site. Attending at other times is not permitted unless carrying out essential maintenance.

Paul, our greenkeeper would be pleased if any member would call him to ask if there is anything they can do to help around the green.

Enhanced Security for Club

We would like to thank Member Ray Sandercock for the donation of additional security cameras for the club, and a media player.

2020 Marldon 4's Tournament 2020

We unfortunately had to cancel this year's Marldon 4's tournament and a letter was sent to advise all the teams that had entered.
A provisional date of Sunday August 8th, 2021 has been set for next year's event.

Presidents' Charity

John and June thank everyone for their generosity to date for the Presidents' Charity. (Ricky Grant Unit, Torbay Hospital). £119 has been raised so far from the Bring and Buy, £90 has been received in Donations, £106 at the Presidents' coffee morning on Jan 18th and £200 on Valentines evening, making £515 in total.

Committee Meeting

The committee are keeping in touch with each other by phone and email so feel free to contact them should you deem it necessary. A small number of committee members met on August 18th, and sub-committees are meeting on a regular basis to deal with specific issues. The committee will continue to deal with matters passed to them by phone and email and a 'mini' committee meeting is planned for September 29th, with restricted numbers.

Social Events

All social events, including coffee mornings, due to take place at the club in the forseeable future are still cancelled due to current Coronavirus situation.

2020 Club Sponsors

We have received sponsorship from Marldon Service Station (Cox's garage), Chris Allen Electrical, Lee Hodges Building Contractor and Paignton Flat roofing and we would be pleased to hear from any other companies that may want to sponsor us for 2020 or 2021 season. Further details on the Sponsorship page.

Message from Barry Bailey, Chairman and Director

"On behalf of myself and my fellow directors, I would like to express our thanks to those members who have paid their subscriptions for this year of whatever amount. I would respectfully ask those who have not paid anything as yet to pay something in order to keep our wonderful bowls club going through these dreadful times! If you wish to send a cheque or make a BACS payment please contact our treasurer Ray O’Brien. Rest assured that once we are back to normality, the directors and committee will ensure that no member will lose out on what they have paid!

I would also like to thank some of our members who are still working tirelessly to keep our club going. The green and surrounds are still being maintained by our green keeper and our maintenance volunteers, and I am pleased to see that the Government recognises that they are essential workers and have authority to attend our premises, subject to distancing etc, etc. A thank you to our treasurer, secretary and communications manager for keeping us all as informed as possible about the situation, and for continuing to carry out the administration needs of our club. We will continue to keep you as informed as we can, and I would urge all of you to stay safe and follow Government advice and regulations.
Hope to see all of you in the not too distant future."

Please all support the club wherever possible, this is our amazing club. Let’s maintain it & keep it that way. We haven’t got where we are today by accident.

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Page updated 5th September 2020.